The mission of the Chappaqua Farmers Market is to bring food that is locally grown, raised or produced to our community and to raise awareness of the importance of eating local for the sustainability of our planet.
In addition, at a time when most of our lives are spent on a screen, the market sees itself as a local gathering place, a “town square” as it were, where people can put down their devices for a while and talk to one another.
Finally, we see ourselves as a magnet to help draw New Castle residents – and visitors from surrounding areas – to the heart of our town on a Saturday morning to help keep our historic downtown vibrant.
The market operates as a non-profit, run by a Board of Directors, all volunteers from the community, with support from the Town of New Castle.
Pascale Le Draoulec, our market director, grew up in California to French expat parents who foraged for everything from snails and watercress, and would drive a hundred miles for a good Crottin de Chevre or baguette, before farmer’s markets became a thing there. The markets of Provence and Santa Monica are her inspiration. Pascale also runs the Hastings and Irvington farmers markets. She is also a former restaurant critic and author. You can read her blog every week here on the website.
Rose Ellis is our on-site Market Manager. With a culinary and management background, Rose is a certified health coach and when away from the market she consults individuals and groups in these disciplines.
Board of Directors
- CHECK OUT WHAT’S IN SEASON BEFORE
Dig up recipes accordingly so you can get everything you need at the market.
Or, if you like to cook without recipes, stroll the market and see what inspires you. Either way, it’s a good idea to do a “recognizance” tour of the market first before you buy anything to know what your options are.
- BRING PAPER, CLOTH OR REUSABLE BAGS
It’s the right thing to do, especially now that there is a town ban on plastic “t-shirt” bags. If you want to stay for lunch, toss a cooler in the back of your car to stash your delicate items. We also have bags for sale at the market table.
- THE EARLY BIRD CATCHES THE WORM
Even though we are rich in produce vendors, it always pays off to get to the market early to get first pick – especially during berry season. If you have time, come back at day’s end when some vendors kindly offer discounts.
- EXPECT TO PAY CASH
Some of our vendors take credit cards but best to be prepared.
- BE FLEXIBLE
Don’t expect to find the same items at the market from week to week as some vendors rotate in and out and farmers bring only what they are growing and what is in season.
- TRY DIFFERENT THINGS
Give items that you wouldn’t normally buy a chance. If you’re not sure how to prepare something the vendors will definitely help you out. So will Rose, or other shoppers.
- BE PREPARED TO STAY AWHILE
Though our parking is ideal, farmer’s markets are typically not an in-and-out proposition. Make time to stroll and sample and chat with the farmers, vendors and maybe even your neighbors. Enjoy a market pizza made to order while you listen to some home-grown music. Bring a picnic blanket and sit on the grass. We encourage it!