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Chappaqua Farmers Market Moves Indoors with Stone Barns

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – When the Chappaqua Farmers Market moves indoors on Saturday to escape the chilly winter weather, the market will be clearing some space inside the Church of St. Mary to welcome its newest attraction, Stone Barns.

“Stone Barns is kind of the voice of sustainability in America right now,” said Pascale Le Draoulec, market director. “They haven’t really gone to any farmers markets outside of their own property, but they agreed to come and try selling their meat in Chappaqua. It’s a big deal.”

According to Le Draoulec, the farm’s chef, Dan Barber, advocates farm-to-table cooking, and said their restaurant at Stone Barns is fully sustainable. The meat cooked at its Pocantico Hills farm is grass-fed and largely organic. While Stone Barns has not appeared at many markets in the past, Le Draoulec was determined to bring them to Chappaqua.

“We haven’t had enough poultry, people have been asking for more. That was one of the reasons we approached Stone Barns,” said Le Draoulec. “We knew that they have amazing chickens. That’s going to fill a void that we’ve had.”

The farm will be appearing in Chappaqua on the first and third Saturday of every month. Joining Stone Barns as a new vendor at the market is By the Way Bakery. The Hastings-on-Hudson bakery, owned by Helene Godin, got its name due to all her products being 100 percent gluten free. Godin’s bakery will be appearing at the market twice a month and will now guarantee the presence of at least one gluten free baker a week.

Le Draoulec expressed excitement that she was able to convince Pura Vida Fisheries to return to market for at least one more season. With the combination of new and returning vendors for the winter season, Le Draoulec is hoping to turn the Chappaqua Farmers Market into a one-stop shop for all of its residents’ food needs.

“We were going to go indoors just once a month or twice a month, which is what we do in the other towns, and we decided ‘you know what? Let’s just go for broke and do it every week,’” said Le Draoulec. “We really want people in Chappaqua to make this as regular a visit as a trip to Trader Joe’s.”

The Chappaqua Farmers Market will be open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The church is located on South Greeley Avenue, directly across from the market’s previous location at the train station.

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