By Carol P. Bartold
Jul. 20, 2016: A midsummer trip to the Bronxville Farmers' Market on an extremely hot Saturday found loyal customers browsing the vendors’ stalls in search of produce, baked goods, and other specialty items and stocking up on a wide variety of treats.
Although vendors faced a challenge in protecting their wares, especially produce, fish, and meat products, from the heat and direct sun, there was no lack of energy and enthusiasm on their part in serving customers.
As she prepared to assume her duties as director of the market last winter, Pascale Le Draoulec described her "dinner party" philosophy of the farmers' market. "You should be able to find everything you need for a dinner party," she said, "from the flowers, the bread and cheese … everything."
A walk through the market showed the various possibilities of putting together all the ingredients for a dinner party on the spot, from starters to desserts. And if the cook wanted to begin preparation with hand-washing, Clean Ridge Soap Company, from Pound Ridge, New York, presented an offering of bar and liquid soaps, all made from natural ingredients.
Several vendors had flowers, including snapdragons, for sale. Local Bronxville merchant Dobbs & Bishop Fine Cheese was on hand, along with bakers at Bronx Baking Company, who sold soft pretzels, and Central Bakery, whose fine breads are baked according to tried-and-true old recipes. From Dobbs Ferry, the Cookery’s DoughNation tempted shoppers with the aroma of fresh-baked pizza at the Paxton Street gateway to the market.
An array of greens, vegetables, and even fresh fruits and berries for salads is available from Orchards of Concklin and Sun Sprout Farm.
A hot day also didn’t deter purveyors of main course ingredients from having a wide variety of products on hand. Pure Vida Fisheries did a brisk business with customers purchasing fresh scallops, shrimp, and fish on extra ice. Letterbox Farm Collective had such staples as whole chickens available and the not-so-ordinary fresh rabbit. Sunset View Farms had pork available.
To go with a main course, Doc Pickle had a complete menu of pickles from sour to sweet to spicy available. Horseradish pickles, new this year, are "sweet with a kick at the end," the vendor said.
Farm vendors had potatoes, corn, eggplant, and other vegetables on display to accompany a main course.
The market displayed no shortage of treats for dessert. Bronxville baker Cindy Bothwell, owner of What's For Dessert?, provided a wide choice of pies, scones, and cookies. So did Pie Lady & Son and Mostly Myrtle's Baked Goods.
Vendors familiar to longtime patrons of the Bronxville Farmers’ Market and vendors new on the scene have an array of creative possibilities to help put together a dinner party, and it’s all available Saturdays through November 19 from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm on Stone Place at Paxton Avenue.
Pictured here: Bronxville Farmers' Market.
Photos by N. Bower