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Pies, Produce and More Promised on Pleasantville Farmers' Market Opening Day

The outdoors market will be held every Saturday, beginning May 28, rain or shine, at the Memorial Plaza parking lot from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. through December 17.

on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. when the Pleasantville Farmers' Market begins its 15th season. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. 

Live music at the market will be provided by Dlus, a jazz trio featuring guitarist Takeshi Ogura, and vocalist/guitarist Miss Rhea who will entertain the children.

Here's a sampling of what vendors will be offering on opening day:

Meredith’s Bread of Kingston, NY, will introduce an onion/cheese bread to its baked goods line—a product it debuted upstate last week. The bakery had an onion/cheese bread in its line a few years ago but a different recipe and new ingredients are being used for the 2011 product.

Amazing Real Live Food Company of Pine Plains, NY, a new vendor, will unveil its latest product—described by co-founder Peter Destler as an eight-month-aged Hudson Valley version of gruyère, a famous Swiss cheese.

Raaka Chocolate, a Manhattan-based chocolate bar maker and also a new vendor, joins the market with exotic chocolate products including a blueberry lavender (67 percent cacao) bar, a vanilla/green Rooibos tea bar and editable fermented cocoa beans for grinding and sprinkling on ice cream.

Feather Ridge Farms of Elizaville, NY, provides "Omega 3" brown eggs and roasting chickens. Its owners, the Bogdanffy family, have raised chickens since 1938 when the farm was started in Elizaville, located in Columbia County, NY.

Each Feather Ridge Farms egg contains 350 mg of Omega 3 and is said to provide six times more vitamin E than an ordinary egg. Its hens are fed flaxseed and alfalfa and the eggs they lay are hand-gathered from nests, washed, graded and packaged in biodegradable pulp containers. No antibiotics or hormones are involved.

Kiernan Farm owners Marty and Thelma Kieman from Gardiner, NY, will offer grass-fed beef, nitrate free grass-fed beef sausages, all pork cuts, honey from their hives and maple syrup at their market stand.

In addition to shiitake and oyster mushrooms, Owner said Wiltbank Farm of Saugerties, NY, will also sell sunflower and radish shoots, cut fresh at the market. 

Lots of luscious pies

Meredith’s Bread also offers apple, blueberry and cherry pie;  blueberry and raspberry jams; and blueberry banana bread and muffins. Later in the season, it will bring custard, mince and pumpkin pies to the Pleasantville market.

Pies of many kinds will be available in three sizes from Dutch Desserts of Kinderhook, NY. “We are bringing a truck full of pies,” said Co-Owner Marjan Beebe, “but, anyone can call us ahead to reserve what ever they would like.”

The selection includes apple, blueberry, peach, raspberry and strawberry-rhubarb. Pecan and pumpkin will be added later in the season. The pies are priced at $7.50 (5-inch), $15 (7.5-inch) and $20 (9-inch).

Little Seed Gardens of Chatham, NY, will sell cleaned salad ingredients for customers who like to create their own salads. Ready-to-eat washed choices available on opening day will include arugula, baby spinach, Chinese cabbage, garlic scapes, lettuce, spicy Asian mix, sun shoots (new for this year), pea shoots, radishes and turnips. Customers can mix ingredients to their heart’s delight as they self-bag items and sampling is permitted.The weight of the bag's contents determines the cost.

Later in the season, Little Seed Gardens will also offer cauliflower, celery, cucumbers, eggplant, fennel, leeks, parsnips, peppers, squash, tomatoes and more. 

Mead Orchards of Tivoli, NY, will sell several varieties of apples including Mutsu, Idaho Red, Fuji, and Stayman Winesap. it will also sell green garlic, honey in one or two-pound containers and tomato sauce in 24-ounce jars.

Pika's Farm Table's Pika Roels said, "We are bringing back our all-natural quiches and tarts, and our chicken, lobster and crab potpies. Also returning are our chowders and lobster bisque, nut free basil pesto, fresh salsa, bruschetta toppings and empanadas."

Bialas Farms will offer varied products including herbs, basil, sorrel, mints,
rosemary, green spring garlic, spinach, radishes, greens such as broccoli rabe, chard and arugula, strawberries, potatoes and popcorn.

Besides pickles, Pickle Licious of Teaneck, NJ, will sell olives, pickled products, sauces and dips at its stand.

Chocolate products are made by a new process

Raaka Chocolate Founder and Owner Ryan Cheney had studied chocolate making for many years while working as a computer animation engineer. After experimenting with a wide variety of cacoa beans, he settled on beans supplied by the Conacado Cooperative, an organization of small farmers in the Dominican Republic, formed to improve wages and protect farmers from fluctuations in global cocoa prices.

Instead of roasting cocoa beans (the conventional way to make chocolate bars),Cheney uses low-temperature, bean-to-chocolate preparation techniques similar to food preparation processes he observed and studied while living and traveling in the Orient.

The market is managed by Ossining-based Community Markets with assistance and event planning provided by the Pleasantville Farmers' Market Committee whose members are Peter Rogovin (chairman), Amanda Dundas (family programming), Ali Serebin (family programming), Sarah Rogovin (culinary programs), Andy Goodman (music programming), Stuart Vance (music programming) and Toni Emerson (Chamber of Commerce liaison).

Check back for photos from opening day at the market.

Jerry Eimbinder May 26, 2011 at 02:33 PM
Bobolink cheese and bread will also be available at the Pleasantville Farmers' Market. Jonathan and Nina White of Bobolink Dairy & Bake House will bring cave-aged cheddar cheese, small soft-ripened Amram cheese wheels (their milk cheeses are from 100% grass-fed cows) and lots of breads baked in a wood-fired oven. The breads include four ciabatta's (plain, olive/onion, roasted garlic/duck fat and cheese), cranberry/walnut, flax seed Armadillo, petit Levain and medieval rye Levain (plain, garlic or Kalamata olive). The prices range from $4.50 to $6 each. Cranberry/walnut breadsticks can be purchased ($4). Stop by also if you are interested in pursuing a cheese-making, dairy farming or bread baking internship at their Milford, NJ location possibly to satisfy a school requirement (several weeks to a year in duration).
Jerry Eimbinder May 26, 2011 at 04:27 PM
Paula Allen notified us that her Thornwood Farm of Sidney Center, NY will bring free-range eggs and retail-size cuts of pork to the Pleasantville Farmers' Market on opening day.
Jerry Eimbinder May 26, 2011 at 04:36 PM
Maria Gandara and Gregor Trieste of Buddhapesto in Woodstock, NY will offer containers of fresh basil pesto at their stand at the Pleasantville Farmers' Market on opening day.
Jerry Eimbinder May 26, 2011 at 06:43 PM
Peter Rogovin, Chairman of the Pleasantville Farmers' Market Committee has announced the entertainment lineup for the market's second Saturday (June 4): singer/songwriter Susan Kane and Mario the Magician. Kane's musical selections are influenced by the Beatles, Pete Seeger and the Grateful Dead. Mario the Magician's act includes slapstick humor, magic tricks and an appearance by Mozzarella the Dove.
Peter May 26, 2011 at 09:18 PM
Thanks for the listing Jerry. We have, to the best of my knowledge, 35 vendors who will participate this season (some rotate in bi-weekly, monthly, or seasonally). Some of the vendors not mentioned in this piece include Benmarl Winery and Millbrook Winery; J&A Bialas Farm, Cowberry Crossing and Newgate Farms; Block Factory Tamales; Bombay Emerald Chutney, Calcutta Kitchens and Guyank Brand hot sauce; Bread Alone (breads and pies); Hudson Valley Duck Farm; Kontoulis Family Olive Oil; Pura-Vida Fish; Rainbeau Ridge (goat cheese); Tierra Farm (nuts and nut butters); Trotta's Pasta; Go-go Pops (frozen fruit and juices on a stick); True Food prepared foods; and Growers Pride and First Bloom Farm (flowers). Complete list on www.communitymarkets.biz and regular updates and information on www.facebook.com/PvilleFarmMarket
Jerry Eimbinder May 26, 2011 at 11:44 PM
It was Patch's intention to provide in-depth information about specific items available at the market. The vendors who are covered were the ones able to describe exactly what they are bringing to Pleasantville on Saturday. For a vendor list arranged in alphabetical order with very limited product information, readers can refer to our earlier article about the market posted in April or, better still, to an updated list including the latest Pleasantville vendors on the Community Markets (the market's management company) website www.communitymarkets.biz.
Jerry Eimbinder May 27, 2011 at 12:07 AM
Kontoulis Family Olive Oil, a late addition to the vendor list, will sell bottles of extra virgin olive oil at its stand made from Kalamata olives, grown in Messinia, Greece. In addition, it will offer olive puree (tapenade). The olives can also be purchased by customers who prefer to make their own olive puree using a food processor. The olive groves were inherited by Larchmont resident Demetra Kontoulis Bouras from her grandfather. Bouras travels to Greece to supervise the harvesting, ships the product to America in bulk and bottles at the Cook and Bake Center in Mamaroneck, a certified kitchen for rent.
Jerry Eimbinder May 27, 2011 at 01:29 PM
Nirmala Gupta of Bombay Emerald Chutney Company has informed us that his company will bring five spicy chutneys packed in jars, frozen samosas, and frozen koftas. The chutneys are Royal Tomato (mild spicing), Royal Plum (mild), Royal Cranberry (medium), Royal Pomegranate (spicy) and Royal Mint (extra spicy). No color, preservatives, or oil are used in any of the chutneys. No sugar added to two of the chutneys: Royal Tomato and Royal Mint chutney.

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