The Millerton Farmers Market kicks off the grand opening festivities for its tenth season on Saturday, May 21. The farmers market, sponsored by the North East Community Center (NECC), will be held on the grounds of the Millerton Methodist Church every Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm. The church, which is now the market’s year-round home, is located on the corner of Main Street and Dutchess Avenue, across from Irving Farm Coffee House.
The summer market will offer live music every Saturday from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. Market favorite Tom Hanford will be performing on opening day, followed by a full line-up featuring popular local groups like Corey Bush and Friends, New Breaks (formerly Mama Tried), Last Good Bender, and many more. Be sure to check the market’s website (www.millertonfarmersmarket.org) for special events that will be planned throughout the summer.
“The market has something for everyone and creates a festive gathering place in the heart of our wonderful village,” said Jenny Hansell, NECC’s Executive Director. “The market supports local food and farmers, brings business to town, and helps support our community through programs like Health Bucks and our Fresh Food Pantry.”
This year’s roster of vendors highlights all that Hudson Valley agriculture has to offer, such as Breezy Hill Orchard’s strawberries and stone fruit, Lost Ruby’s delicious goat cheese, and Olde Forge’s veggies, eggs, trout and pasture-raised chicken and pork. Every Saturday, seasonal produce will abound at the booths of Hawk Dance Farm, Green Mead Farm, and Ten Barn Farm. Moon in the Pond Farm, a founding vendor, will sell heirloom vegetables, heritage meat, and much more.
Coco’s Crumbs’ popular gourmet baked goods will be back, as will Jactuterie, which will be selling hand-crafted charcuterie and carrying Chaseholm Farm’s probiotic and artisanal cheeses as well. A weekly must-buy for customers is artisanal sourdough bread from Berkshire Mountain Bakery. The market will also be offering many vegan prepared-food options this season. Vegan Indian dishes from Love Feast will be back, along with newcomer Isabel Tonelli from Isabel’s Kitchen, who will have fresh-pressed juices and a variety of organic, vegan lunch options and baked goods.
“The Millerton Farmer’s Market celebrates what makes this community so special,” said Sheila DePaola, Market Manager. “It’s a learning opportunity for teens in our Farm and Food Education Program and brings together local businesses, farmers, and the entire neighborhood in a fun, vibrant community gathering.”
Starting in July, NECC’s Farm and Food Education Program interns will run their own market stand, where they will sell their own added-value goods and a variety of lacto-fermented products from Adamah in Falls Village, CT.
The market accepts EBT/SNAP, credit/debit cards, WIC and Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program checks, Health Bucks, and Fresh Connect Checks. If you are interested in using any of these types of payments, just visit the Market Manager’s stand to learn more.
The market is sponsored by NECC and is funded in part by Dutchess County, Hudson River Bank and Trust Company Foundation, Green Mountain Energy, and the Ann and Abe Effron fund of the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley. Donations to NECC’s food-access programs can be made at the market and at www.millertonfarmersmarket.org. Supporters can also attend the fourth annual Chef and Farmer Brunch on Sunday, July 31, at Hotchkiss School’s Fairfield Farm. For a complete listing of NECC events, please visit www.neccmillerton.org. For more information about the market, e-mail the Market Manager at email@example.com or call NECC at 518-592-1399. Follow us on Facebook for weekly updates and additional market information.