Story Lon Tytell
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Mother’s Day, Sun., May 14, to celebrate the opening of the Warwick Valley Farmers’ Market. This is the 24th year of the market. The steering committee, comprised of Market members and chaired by Jack Hillery, vet the participants and guide the overall direction of the Market. Market Manager Penny Steyer was excited to find that the Warwick Valley Farmers’ Market was selected as one of the Ten Best Farmers’ Markets in New York State.
“Seely and Durland is proud to be the sponsor on the opening day of the Market. We feel it is an honor to support local businesses and farmers,” said Jonathan Geissler, who represented Seely and Durland Insurance at the opening day.
There are 36 vendors this year offering a variety of products. Steyer points out that too many markets today have the same vendors. Some vendors will only make appearances when their products are available.
“We have gone in a different direction that more closely reflects Warwick. Each farm is multi-dimensional and we are attempting to let each farm or kitchen express more of that diversity. We encourage our farms and kitchens to showcase a wide variety of the products they grow and the finished foods produced from them,” said Steyer.
New products that will be offered this year include a range of bison and ostrich charcuterie, maple and honey balsamic vinegars, Warwick Tomatoes greenhouse-grown tomatoes, cucumbers and strawberries (on opening day), new varieties of pickled vegetables, marinated mozzarella, waffles with berries in season, gelato (both cow’s milk and goat’s milk), and sorbet.
The Warwick Valley Farmers’ Market is a proud FMNP Market and also proudly accepts EBT and Fresh Connect.