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Pleasantville Farmers Market Brings Farm-Fresh Produce, Music, Art & More!

Photo credit: Pleasantville Farmers Market
Photo credit: Pleasantville Farmers Market
Summer has arrived and with it juicy and ripe farm-fresh fruits and veggies. Farmers across New York are gearing up for the summer season to share their local produce, dairy, breads and more with hungry locavores at weekly farmer’s markets.  

Pleasantville's farmers market runs on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. at Memorial Plaza, right next to the train station. In addition to NY Grown produce, cheeses and herbs, home-made jams, jellies, fresh-baked breads and spices are also sold. More than 50 new and returning farmers and food artisans bring shoppers flavorful, regionally grown, regionally produced food. Click here for a list of vendors. 

This Saturday June 28th is Tie Dye T-Shirt Day! From 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. kids can get artsy and create a unique tie dye t-shirt. Music from guitarist Doug Munro will entertain shoppers from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

There is also a special visit from Tousey Winery. A special lecture will also be held entitled: "Let's Talk about Sustainable Food Labels." An overview of different labels including "organic," "natural," "grass-fed," and "pasture-raised" will be explained.  

According to the NY Federation of Farmers Markets, choosing to eat locally is healthy for you and the environment, and it supports your local farmers as well. 

Here are some more benefits:

Health benefits:
·      Higher nutrients from organically managed soil 
·      Less exposure to synthetic pesticides and fertilizers
·      No synthetic growth or breeding hormones
·      No synthetic additives
·      No antibiotics
·      No genetically engineered seeds or other inputs (GMOs)
·      No sewage sludge
·      No irradiation
 
Earth benefits:
·      Builds biodiversity
·      Reduces excess nitrogen
·      Fights climate change
·      Keeps water cleaner
·      Builds healthy soil
·      Saves energy
·      Protects wildlife
 
Community benefits:
·      Brings people together at markets and community supported farms
·      Keeps money in the local economy
·      Incorporates the true cost of food
·      Supports smaller and beginning farmers
·      Protects the health of farm workers

Make sure to stop at the ATM on your way there because most of the merchants only take cash. And don’t forget to bring your reusable bag! 

The Pleasantville Outdoor Farmers Market runs Saturdays 8:30 am – 1:00 pm, now through the end of November. The market is located at Memorial Plaza, right next to the train station. For a full list of vendors and a calendar of events, visit www.pleasantvillefarmersmarket.org.

Bon Appétit!

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