A guide to farmers market season in Westchester County


Farmers market season is upon us in Westchester County, NY, and the air is buzzing with the promise of fresh produce and locally sourced eggs. Can't get enough of the great outdoors while you plan out your weekly meals? Check out some of the best Westchester has to offer when it comes to cooking your own farm-to-table food:

Pleasantville: Running April 2 through November 23, this farmers market gets points for being easy to access. It sits in Memorial Plaza, which is right next to the train station, meaning easy access for city dwellers. It also runs an indoor market in the off season, which is much appreciated by those of us desperate to cling to the things that remind us of warmer weather. With over 50 vendors, this market has just about everything and is well deserving of its "Best of Westchester" accolades. Vendors include Mead Orchards, Drink More Good, Go-Go Pops, Warwick Valley Winery, Pickle Licious, and Bread Alone.

John Jay Homestead: From June 11 through October 29, The John Jay Homestead Farmers Market operates on the grounds of what was once the home of John Jay, a founding father who is famously remembered as the first Chief Justice of the United States and one of three authors of The Federalist Papers (Hamilton, anyone?). In addition to the usual farm fare, John Jay boasts some local favorites, including Ladle of Love, Big Bang Coffee Roasters, Pizza Luca, Johnny Gelato, Conant Valley Jams and a number of artisans, all from the surrounding area. It's as local as local gets.

Muscoot Farm: Unlike most area farmers markets, Muscoot Farm operates on Sunday, which is a welcome change if you're like me and enjoy spending your first non-work day sleeping in. What it lacks in size, it makes up for with its carefully curated vendors that include Do Re Me Farms, Krazy for Kazu, Wil-Hi Farm, Conte's Fish, and North Winds Lavender Farm. If you're looking for some Sunday brunch, be sure to keep an eye out for the breakfast style pizza. Check it out beginning May 8.

Chappaqua: This market moves outdoors for the season beginning May 7. It imagines itself as a place to bring people together, and indeed the variety of food and crafts does just that. Vendors include Big Bang Coffee Roasters, Calcutta Kitchens, Clean Ridge Soap Co., Growing Heart Farm, Plum Plum's Cheese, Skinny Buddha, Running Farm, and Stone Barns Center.

Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard: While Harvest Moon isn't a farmers market in the come-set-up-your-stall sense, it sells enough local fare to be considered an honorable mention on this list. Open year round, this family owned and operated orchard located in North Salem, NY, makes cider donuts that are absolutely to die for. They've recently added breakfast to their list - a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich made with local ingredients that is definitely not to be missed. While you're at it, check out their selection of local wines, beers and liquor.

Kerry Erlanger is a writer from New York (state not city). She can be found on twitter @hellokerry.