MAMARONECK, N.Y. – Mamaroneck rang in the New Year with a taste of summer over the weekend, as hundreds came out to support farm-to-table cooking at the first Down to Earth Winter Farmers Market of the season Saturday.
Tables carrying everything from fresh fish and produce to pickled vegetables, bread and “champagne tea” lined the auditorium floor of St. Thomas Episcopal Church as eager shoppers perused goods and enjoyed the indoor market while being serenaded by cover band Deuces Child.
Ross Friedman, a fish salesman for Fresh Pride Seafood, said that this market is unique to the many others he frequents around the tri-state area. He noted that the clientele in Westchester appreciates the quality of the goods, and most are repeat customers who know what they’re looking for.
“It’s a lot different up here. The people here really appreciate the products they’re purchasing,” he said. “They understand there doesn’t have to be 30 ingredients on the back of your food, there can be one or two, and that’s enough. People up here get that.”
New Rochelle resident Amy Daniels, who was at the market to purchase fresh produce from various vendors, said that the market was like a taste of summer on what turned out to be a snowy day.
“(Husband) Rob and I like to go to all the markets around here in the summer and make a day of it, so we’re glad that this is open, and close to home,” she said on Saturday. “The people here are all fantastic, they recognize you season after season and it’s just a nice time.”
Now that the season has started, the Down to Earth Mamaroneck Winter Farmers Market will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday at St. Thomas Episcopal Church at 168 W. Boston Post Road through the beginning of May.
“This market is really a pleasure to do,” Friedman added. “It’s set up properly, there’s an excellent selection of vendors, and everyone has a good time.”
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