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Ossining Farmers Market Moves Indoors In January

The Ossining Farmers Market in January, 2014.
The Ossining Farmers Market in January, 2014. Photo Credit: File

OSSINING, N.Y. -- The Ossining Winter Farmers Market will move indoors to Claremont Elementary School on Saturday, Jan. 10.

The school is on Van Cortlandt Avenue, off North Highland Avenue (Route 9), and the market will be Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through March. In April, it will return to its longtime home in the heart of Ossining at the corner of Spring and Main streets.

“Vendors and shoppers alike endured some cold days over the past couple of winters. We really appreciated the community support,” said Frankie Rowland, director of community relations for Westchester and Rockland Counties at Down to Earth Markets. “Yet, as you can imagine, we were eager to find an indoor market venue. We’re thrilled to collaborate with Ray Sanchez, school superintendent, the Ossining Union Free School Board, and Claremont Elementary this year.”

As of press time, the Ossining winter roster includes the Amazing Real Live Food Company, Bread Alone, Gajeski Produce, Kiernan Farm, Mead Orchards, Meredith’s Bread, Pickle Licious, Pura Vida Fisheries, and Yellow Bell Farm. Together, these vendors will bring fruits and vegetables, fresh seafood, pasture-raised meats, poultry, eggs, pickles, cheese, breads and baked goods (both regular and gluten free), as well as a wide range of prepared foods to go.

In addition to the weekly line-up, the market will expand with rotating vendors throughout the season. This line-up continues to grow and will vary from week to week. As of now, the market plans to welcome Bombay Emerald Chutney Company, Hudson River Apiaries, Kontoulis Family Olive Oil, OM Champagne Tea, Sisters Wicked Good Soap, Taiim Falafel Shack and Wave Hill Breads.

Down to Earth Markets, together with ECOBAGS, Riverkeeper and Green Ossining, recently launched an initiative to eliminate plastic bags from the market. As a result of the ongoing BYOBag progam, it’s estimated 60 percent to 70 percent of market customers now shop with reusable bags every week.

Sharon Rowe, ECOBAGS founder, will offer their reusable bags at deeply discounted prices to the community on opening day of the Ossining Winter Farmers Market.

Down to Earth Markets is a certified B (Beneficial) corporation that manages farmers markets in Westchester County, Rockland County, and in New York City. They believe seasonal, local food is a vital part of our heritage that ensures the health of our communities and environment. Visit DowntoEarthMarkets.com for vendor details, events, and other updates at Ossining’s Down to Earth Winter Farmers Market.

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