Brussels sprouts, spring greens, pickles, jazz, political leaders and community food shoppers mixed it up at the grand opening of the Mamaroneck indoor farmer’s market at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church on Saturday, January 9.
Mamaroneck Winter Farm Market
A similar combination of food, entertainment and community is being planned for St. Thomas’ each Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm, from January to May.
Community Markets, which operates the open air farm market in the parking lot at the Larchmont train station in season, is organizing both the winter market and the entertainment. Local organizations, artists and musicians have been enlisted to join the farmers.
The winter market opened on January 9 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a full house. “We had over 500 people for the grand opening,” said Rebecca Pedinotti, the events coordinator for Community Markets. “It seems like we have a lot of support this year.”
Available at the market were artisanal cheeses, milk, eggs, beef, pork and poultry from grass-pastured animals. Also for sale were winter vegetables – the beets still had their greens on them.
Surprisingly, there were also fresh lettuces along with fruit from cold storage.
“The farmers have really extended the season this year with hoop housing and greenhouses,” said Rebecca Pedinotti, event coordinator for Community Markets, which is now operating operates 20 such markets in New York. Among the more exotic and beautiful vegetables were the romanesco, also known as the Roman cauliflower or broccoli.
In addition, there were prepared foods, such as chutneys, pickles or pies. The vendors will be traveling each week from various parts of the New York region, including Connecticut and New Jersey. (See, http://www.communitymarkets.biz for a complete list.)
For the grand opening, there was a jazz trio, Little Triumphs, from Brooklyn. In coming weeks, there will be an eclectic array of events, including: cooking demonstrations, taste tests, musical performances and art contests.
Upcoming Mamaroneck Winter Farmers’ Market Events:
Jan. 16 10:30 am-12:30 pm:
Fresh, Local Milk Tasting: Sample farm fresh milk, get your questions answered and taste the difference.
Jan. 23 10:30 am-12:30 pm:
Art at the Market: Roll up your sleeves and learn how to make your own black walnut ink drawings with the Pelham Art Center. Jan. 30 10:30 am-12:30 pm:
Jan. 30 10:30 am-12:30 pm:
Cooking Contest: Come to the market with your culinary creation – made with brussels sprouts, the featured farmers market vegetable of the month. Judges will pick a winner to receive a farmers market gift certificate. The winning recipe will be published on the Community Markets website. Register in advance at the manager’s table.