Going Green, Red & Yellow, A Most Colorful Farmers’ Market

Irvington’s fledgling Farmers’ Market is by all accounts a success. One simply has to visit the Main Street School parking lot on Wednesday afternoons starting at 4:30 and approximately 22 vendors will do the rest.

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Pascale LeDraoulec and Jennie Bernard are the market directors, and their well-known and successful Saturday market on the grounds of the Hastings Library made them a top choice to create one in Irvington. LeDraoulec is a writer turned Farmers Market director whose French parents were involved (and still are) in the restaurant and bakery business. She has the mindset of seeing food as a communal adventure from purchasing to preparation and finally at mealtime.

The vendors at Irvington’s Farmers’ Market come from a 200-mile radius and among them are wine makers, cheese producers, bakers, and a host of others offering meats, fish, produce, honey and some pretty incredible olives. In addition, a band plays while children do yoga and families set up blankets on the grass adjacent to the adqueduct. Free parking is available off of Broadway at the Presbyterian Church. A short walk through their parking lot leads one to the aqueduct and the Market.

Irvington’s Farmers’ Market came about through the efforts of the Business Improvement Committee and the cooperation of the Village’s School District. In less than one month it has become a welcome addition for residents and visitors alike seeking community topped off with something to eat — something very good to eat. In addition to the grass-fed beef, goat, pork and lamb will also be offered in the fall.

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