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Nyack Sketch Log: Indoor Winter Farmers’ Market

NSL120_farmers' marketby Bill Batson

Nyack’s Farmers’ Market will operate indoors at the Nyack Center through March 27. Organized by the Nyack Chamber of Commerce, the farmers’ market has proven a bountiful harvest with a yield of 800 to 1000 shoppers a week when outdoors. Opening day, Thursday, Dec. 5, that featured Blues legend Sam Waymon, was packed.

Market Math

The menu of returning and new vendors with a side of numerical trivia

Bill Batson Arts – Artist-in-Residence

120 Nyack Sketch Log entires since August 2011 are the material for the cards and prints available at the market

Central Bakery – fresh breads, mozzarella cheese

The bakery offers over 400 shapes and sizes, tastes and textures of bread.

DOC Pickles – fresh pickles, sauerkraut, olives, marinated mushrooms/peppers

It takes 8 months to fully sour a pickle

Gajeski Produce – farm fresh produce

These farmers travel 105 miles from Riverhead, at the eastern tip of Long Island, to bring their fresh produce to the market

Hummingbird Ranch – honey & related products, maple syrup, beeswax products (skin cream, lip balm, candles)

There are 60,000 bees in each of Richard Foucht’s 200 hives, for a total of 12 million bees who call Hummingbird Ranch home.

Kiernan Farm – all cuts of grass fed Beef, all cuts of farm raised pork

The Kiernan Farm herd has 165 head of cattle (4 bulls, 70 cows, 46 calves, 12 heffers and 33 steers)

Mostly Myrtle’s Biskookys – gluten free biscotti, muffins, brownies; small batch coffee:

Mostly Myrtle makes over two dozen types of gluten free products.

Northern Farmhouse Pasta– Local flavored dried pasta and ravioli

a baker’s dozen flock of ducks produce the eggs that are used to make their duck egg fettuccine. The egg shells are being sold as one-of-a-kind ornaments for your Christmas Tree.

The Orchards of Concklin – fruit, produce, eggs, pies, cookies, honey

In July 2012, the orchard celebrated their 300th birthday, making them the oldest family operated business in New York State and the 8th oldest in the nation.

Peg’s Eggs / Hillery Farm – free range eggs, chicken:

400 chickens produce Pegg’s Eggs

The Pie Lady & Son – pies and cookies

Each March 14th (3.14), the Tyler family celebrates Pi day. Rumor has it that the pie tastes best at 1:59p. (Pi =3.14159265)

Pika’s Farm Table – prepared foods

There are 48 dimples on the imported belgian waffle marker that creates two quintessential Belgian waffles.

Rockland Farm Alliance –  coalition of farmers, community groups, activists, and local officials dedicated to sustainable food production in Rockland County.

Their micro-greens are 3 to 4 times more nutritious than the full-grown plant

Ronnybrook Farm – milk, yogurt, ice cream, butter, soft cheese

It takes 22 gallons of milk to make one pound of butter

Taiim Falafel Shack – hummus, Middle Eastern cucumber salad, babaghanouj, baklava

Over 360 gallons are sold every month at the market

Teagevity – organic loose tea, herbs & tea gear

65 varieties of tea are available at all times

X-Calibur Knife & Scissors Sharpening – expert knife and scissors sharpening

Scott sharpens his knives twice a year and suggests you do the same.

Through consistency and creativity, the market has kept a loyal following and brought in a new shoppers. Anchor vendors like the Orchards of Concklin and newcomers like the Rockland Farm Alliance,  provide shoppers a reliable supply of fresh and affordable produce.  Creative arts programing including an artist in resdience (moi), a concert series and a new offering  of workshops makes the market a perfect outing for family fun.

Here is a menu of returning and new market vendors with a side of numerical trivia and a schedule of performances and workshops. You will see that Nyack Farmers’ Indoor Winter Market has the ingredients you need to make a meal to feed you body, mind and soul.

Special Events, Workshops and Performances

Santa Claus and his helpers will be at the Market  for the next two Thursdays, December 12 and 19 from 10a-2p.

Adult Arts Workshops

For those who wish to make there own gifts there will be arts and crafts workshops every week  organized by Tracy Kachtick-Anders, owner of Vincent’s Ear, Nyack’s only arts supply store

Thursday, Dec 12, 10a Mandala Ornaments, wood discs with bark and hemp cord. Paint your own, with Jamie Gaviola

Thursday, Dec 19  10a Portraiture with Lauren Rudolph Explore faces and collage in a free flowing class that is somewhat open ended and geared towards personal expression.

$15 per class, all materials included.

Early Childhood Music Education Classes with Jeffrey Friedberg

  • $10 per class, space is limited.
  • Ideal for children 18 months to 5 years with caregiver
  • Singing, music and movement

Visit to register

Music at the Market

12/12 11a – 12:30p Harriet and John Dunkerley

Come and warm up with some jazz standards and holiday favorites

12/19 11a – 12:30 Steve Kelman

Acoustic instrumental music covering a number of styles including bluegrass, blues, jazz, folk, played on guitar and strumstick.

1/2 10-11:30 J.D Zeik

His music is a blend of eclectic covers and original songs, with influences ranging from classic standards out of the Great American Songbook to Elvis Costello and Bruce Springsteen.

1/9 11a – 12:30 Sue and Tim Downey,

Guitar and Vocals, the songs of Carole King, the Eagles and Joni Mitchell

1/16 Brian Aherne 11a – 12:30p

American Roots Music Twigs and Branches too. Instrumental and vocals, Banjo, Slide Guitar and guitars

1/23 Jeff Doctorow 11a – 12:30p

Guitar player and collector, curator and host of the popular guitar magic series at Carnegie Room at the Nyack Library. Jeff currently plays with the Old No. 7 Band.

1/30 Jazz guitarist John Merrill 11a – 12:30

Bachelor Of Music from the New School and studied with Jazz guitar luminaries Barry Galbraith and Tal Farlow. Merrill is an instructor at Rivertown Music.

2/6 Roues Family Band 10a-11:30 AM.

The Roues Family Band featuring Susan Nevins-Roues and Billy Roues offers an original spin on the old time country depression era duos featuring guitars, mandolin, banjo, National steel and close harmony.

2/13 – Special Valentines Day Concert

Soul Singer/ Songwriter, Danielle Shari and Friends

Nyack Indoor Winter Farmers’ Market is located at the  Nyack Center at the corner of Depew Ave. and S. Broadway and open every Thursday from 8a- 2p

The market will be closed day after christmas except 12/26.

The indoor market will operate through March 27, 2014, after which it returns to the Main St. municipal parking lot.

Bill Batson is an activist, artist and writer who lives and sketches in Nyack, NY. Nyack Sketch Log: “Indoor Winter Farmers’ Market “ © 2013 Bill Batson.  To see more, visit 

The Nyack Sketch Log is sponsored by The Corner Frame Shop at 40 South Franklin Street in Nyack, NY.

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