We’re back! After a pause for Thanksgiving, the Chappaqua Farmers Market returns for three appearances in December so that you can enjoy local produce from your favorite vendors well into the holiday season.
Sun Sprout Farm, who is filling in for Deep Roots, has several greenhouses on their 24-acre organic farm, extending their harvest of greens and root vegetables. They’re bringing kale, collards, carrots and lots of squash, all grown in the famous “Black Dirt” of Chester, NY in Orange County.
The farm, in many ways, is a testament of love – the love of the owners Simon Ziegler and Madeleine Banulski that has endured over ten years and across continents, a love of land that spurs a genuine commitment to sustainability, and a love of community that brings people together through food and farming. The seed for Sun Sprout was planted five years ago when Simon, fresh off a return to his native Germany for a degree in organic agriculture and Madeleine, a newly minted nurse, were working on a Massachusetts farm. They knew they wanted their own little piece of dirt to cultivate so they saved and planned and finally found land in upstate New York where they could realize their dream of “making a living by providing people with fresh and organic food.” A lot has happened in five years. They were certified organic, expanded into five markets across Westchester and New York City, and recently added a little Ziegler to the mix. Though you’ll fall in love with them, try not to become too attached, they are only visiting for two weeks!
Joining us this winter season, New Castle Scone Company, the latest addition to our baked goods roster. Cooperstown Cheese is another addition who will be with us through May. We’re fortunate they make the trip down because their Jersey Girl is so good you might find yourself planning a three-hour trip north just to get some!
Get a jump start on your holiday shopping. The Misshapened Bowl will be at the market on Saturday with his hand-turned creations made with salvaged wood from the region. His bowls and platters are a thoughtful and unique present for anyone who loves to host. Arlotta Food Studio will also be at the market with packaged oil and vinegar duos for teacher presents or stocking stuffers.
Big Bang Coffee is bringing eggnog! And will be selling fresh local milk as well as their bags of locally-roasted coffee (stocking stuffer?).
Hope to see you at the market!
We will be outside at the train station on Dec. 2, 9 & 16 from 9a to 1p and this winter, we will be holding four market “pop-ups” inside at the First Congregational Church at 210 Orchard Ridge Road on the first Saturday of each month (Jan 6; Feb 3; March 3 and April 7).
The majority of our summer vendors are participating in the pop-ups which will include kids activities and live music. If you do not know where the church is, make sure to pick up a winter market card at the market tent with a handy map at the December markets.
Pascale Le Draoulec
food writer/ farmer’s market director
author: “American Pie:Slices of Life (and Pie) from America’s Back Roads” (HarperCollins)