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15th Anniversary for Pleasantville Farmer's Market

The Pleasantville Farmer’s Market opened for business today, with a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark its 15th year at Memorial Plaza. It was one of the area's first farmer’s markets, just five years after Miriam Haas of Community Markets begun the process of introducing farmer’s markets to Westchester.

“Our mission is to bring local food to the local community. We have live music, kids’ activities as well as local chef demos,” said Scott Lucas, Pleasantville market manager.

It offers raw and prepared foods, produce, tamales, cheeses, nuts, berries, mushrooms and local wines. This year’s market includes 27 weekly vendors as well as two or three that come every other week or monthly.Three of the vendors, True Food, Block Factory Tamale and Trotta Foods are new to the market this year and have helped to introduce some exotic and familiar new possibilities for patrons.

True Foods is an all organic restaurant on 166 Main Street in Nyack, NY, known for fresh and organic choices.  Owner Pamela Schulz offers breakfast, lunch and dinner in a casual dining setting at her Nyack location.

Lisa Krivacka , owner of Block Factory Tamales of Germantown, NY was born and raised in the South and now puts a healthy organic spin on traditional foods.

Trotta Foods, from Thornwood, NY, brings handcrafted pastas and other Italian specialties to the market this year.

“We have grown very organically,” said Peter Rogovin, volunteer chairperson for the Pleasantville Farmer’s Market Committee. “Even with Chappaqua started their first big market this year, we still get 75% of people from Pleasantville here to the market.”

The market got off to a fairly good start, drawing about 350-400 people early Saturday morning. At its’ peak, the Pleasantville market will draw 2,500-3,000 people during the last summer months.

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