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Down to Earth Farmers Markets Open for the 2021 Season

Down to Earth farmers market in Westchester

Down to Earth farmers market

Down to Earth Markets Larchmont Farmers Market has returned to its “summer home” on the Metro-North parking deck off Chatsworth Avenue, where it will be open every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. through December 18, offering fresh produce, meats, eggs and other items from local farms, as well as locally produced seafood, baked goods and prepared foods.
   
“The farmers market runs year-round but moves to Harbor Island Park in Mamaroneck during the winter,” says Dacotah Rousseau, managing director of Down to Earth Markets. “We are returning to our summer home and look forward to welcoming back seasonal vendors and introducing new vendors as the market expands over the spring and summer.”
   
As the Sound Shore’s largest farmers market, it has become a popular destination for local and organic fruits and vegetables; grass-fed beef and pasture-raised meats and eggs; traditional, vegan and gluten-free baked goods; sauces, seasonings, spreads, pickles and pantry items for all tastes; and a variety of other locally produced items, from spirits and maple syrup to ice pops and flowers.
   
For parking, enter the parking deck via Myrtle Boulevard.

Other Westchester Locations

Down to Earth Markets also runs a year-round farmers markets in Ossining, as well as seasonal markets opening soon in New Rochelle and Rye. The Ossining market is open every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1p.m., near the corner of Spring and Main Streets. The Rye market will be open May 9 through December 5, on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the parking lot off Theodore Fremd Avenue (behind the Purchase Street stores). The New Rochelle market will be open June 11 through November 19, on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Thomas Paine Cottage Museum, at North Avenue and Broadview.

   
Over the past year, the Down to Earth Farmers Markets have gotten larger and begun offering an even greater variety of foods and local agricultural products, Rousseau says.
   
“It’s nice to be able to shop outdoors, and we’ve been able to incorporate some brand-new food businesses into the markets alongside our longstanding vendors to meet demand,” she says. “Of course, in all of our markets we require that everyone wear a mask, and we set up the space to make it easy to social distance.”
        
Down to Earth Farmers Markets accept pre-orders via the WhatsGood app or website.
        
“Each of our markets are listed there, and shoppers can fill their virtual cart from the catalogs of multiple market vendors and then simply come to the market on the weekend to pick up,” Rousseau says. “It makes shopping the farmers market faster and means that shoppers can sleep late without worrying that their favorite products will be sold out.”
   
All Down to Earth Farmers Markets accept SNAP EBT (food stamps) and distribute matching Fresh Connect Checks to make those dollars go even further, she says.
   
“During the summer, our farms also accept WIC and Seniors Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks,” she says. “It’s been a hard year financially for a lot of people, so we want everyone to know that the markets are still accessible via food-benefit programs.”

For more info, call 914.923.4837, email [email protected] or visit Down to Earth Markets.





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