MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. – People who wish to shop for and eat locally grown food do not have to wait for warmer months to come again. On Saturday, the year-old Mount Kisco Farmers Market will reopen at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church as a fall/winter/spring market.
Developed and run by market manager Sandra Lena in conjunction with John Boy's Farm in Cambridge, N.Y., the market was originally stationed at the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester and was open every Saturday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Since its inception in December 2011, the market has offered lovers of natural food a large selection of locally sourced produce, meat, prepared foods, wines, herbs, dairy products, baked goods and more, with gluten-free, natural, organic, vegan and vegetarian offerings.
“There are too many other summertime farmers markets, so we kind of all coordinated together,” Lena said. With this new arrangement, Mount Kisco’s group of 15 to 20 vendors may avoid facing steep summer competition.
As before, the farmers market will be held every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Each week, “we may be indoors and we may be outdoors,” Lena said. “It all depends on the weather.”
Sellers pay $40 for a vendor table at the market, and nearly all of the money goes to the Boys & Girls Club.
Vendors at the fall/winter/spring market's new location at St. Mark’s, on Main Street, include newcomers and old favorites: Madura Farms, Healing Home Foods, Flour City Pasta, Honores Table, Gluten-free Kitchen and Mount Kisco’s Cabbage Hill Farms, among others.
Brian Skanes, executive director of the Boys & Girls Club, said the farmers market is reflective of the “curriculum we’re trying to teach our kids.”
“Eating locally homegrown, wholesome foods is what everybody should be doing, and we’re trying to show them you can do it through these markets,” Skanes said.