Story by Sara Paul
With winter weather moving in and foggy, damp days lurking about, there is still a bright glimpse of fun and freshness to be found at the Warwick Indoor Farm Market. Vendors at the Market, located at 115 Liberty Corners Rd., in Pine Island, showcase a wide variety of goods ranging from fresh veggies, herbs, meats, poultry and eggs to delicacies like rustic Italian breads, honey, maple syrup and gluten free goodies.
The Market is open every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Sun., May 3.
Warwick resident and loyal weekly customer, Susan Dudgeon, is grateful that the Market brings continuity to the Hudson Valley’s offerings.
“It’s fresh, it’s local, and it’s such a cozy and friendly atmosphere. It really makes the summer market closings a little less sad,” Dudgeon said.
Organizers Jack and Peg Hillery are happy to coordinate the venue, now in its sixth year. Though challenges like snowstorms and holidays sometimes interrupt the flow of the business, the Market typically sees more than 100 customers a week.
“We have very loyal and repeat customers, and it’s always so nice to see people shopping local every Sunday,” Peg said.
Another regular shopper, Denise Manna, travels from Upper Greenwood Lake, NJ to the Market and tries not to miss a week.
“I am someone who likes to eat local and to have access to this is just priceless. In my opinion, this just doesn’t compare to a supermarket where the stuff is shipped in from hundreds of miles away and is not half as good… plus your money goes to local farms,” commented Denise, who is particularly drawn to the fresh vegetables and herbs at the Goshen-based Dan Madura Farms tables, where about 10 varieties of fresh mushrooms as well as fresh ginger and turmeric are crowd favorites.
Another popular stand is Kookie Kueen, a home-based business that Aimee Notaro runs in Dutchess County. The gluten-free company specializes in baked goods as well as soups and stews. This year, Aimee has introduced a new line of gluten free breads.
Gianella Modern Baking, Co., represented by Johnny Cascina, feautures traditional, old Italian breads such as olive breads and ciabatta.
Representatives from Green Mountain Energy are also on hand to answer questions.
Other vendors include Bello Pane, Buster’s Bees, Cedar Rock, Cornucopia Concept Caterers, Kiernan Farm, Pie-eyed Pizza, and Warwick Valley Winery.
Follow the Warwick Indoor Farm Market on Facebook or contact Peg Hillery at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.