The Larchmont Farmers Market opened outdoors on May 30 with four new vendors, including Kontoulis Family Olive Oil, which is operated by a Larchmont resident. The Chatsworth Chimes, an a capella singing group, helped celebrate the opening.
Demetra Kontoulis Bouras produces olive oil from her family’s olive grove in Stefi, Greece. Ms. Bouras grew up on the olive grove, in the fertile plain of Messinia, known for its high quality olive oil. When Ms. Bouras inherited the grove, she began supplying olive oil to family members living in the United States. She shared the oil with American friends and co-workers and, encouraged by their positive response, decided to become a part-time small farmer.
Today, the Kontoulis family travels between the United States and Greece, actively participating in the annual harvest, selection and production. Their all-natural olive oil has no additives, preservatives or mixtures of lower grade olive oils.
In addition to Kontoulis Family Olive Oil, the Larchmont Farmers Market is gaining Thornwood Farm’s Bianchi-Davis’ and Benmarl Winery.
Thornwood Farm is owned by Paula Allen. With the help of her family, she has been raising free-range animals since 2005. Ms. Allen started the farm because she wanted her family and the community to eat healthy, flavorful, clean food and to preserve and support sustainable food production methods. All of her animals are raised free-range on pasture and no antibiotics or hormones are used. Thornwood is currently selling chicken, turkey, pork and eggs.
Located on Long Island, Bianchi Davis grows orchids. Their main crops are Phalaenopsis and Cymbidiums. Starting with their own clones, they grow their plants to maximum size. The flowering process starts in their 1-1/4 acre state of the art glass greenhouse in Riverhead, NY. This results in the most intense colors, largest flowers, and highest flower counts.
Benmarl Winery in Marlboro, NY, has the oldest continually producing vineyard in America. Founder Mark Miller helped to pass the New York Farm Winery Act in 1976; as a result, Benmarl was awarded N.Y. Farm Winery License No. 1. Benmarl wines are artisan-made, aged carefully in oak or held in stainless steel in their cellars until ready.
The Larchmont market will be held every Saturday from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm on the Metro North Parking deck off Chatsworth Avenue.