Tale of Two Cities + one, and their farmers markets

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Actually a village and two towns, but that’s not how the book title reads. In a true embarrassment of riches, I live within a 10-minute drive of three farmers markets, and each is different.

The upscale Pleasantville Farmers Market is where we go to shmooze first with our friends and buy stuff second. Replete with dozens of vendors plus a yummy falafel stand, ice pops, other ready-to-eat food, and live music, this market is where we buy #veggies from third generation farmer Jeff Bialas, of J&A Farm and #peaches and #NYSapples from Sharon at Mead Orchards. We also sample hyperlocal Captain Lawrence beer and Hudson Valley whiskeys and wines, all before 10 AM!

My favorite is the Ossining Farmers Market, a smaller market with plenty of culinary diversity. Here, we buy whole squash from Mead Orchards, with dozens of varieties to choose from, Caribbean and Latin vegetables, tiny potatoes, huge radishes, and the most beets + greens from R &G Produce, along with creative gift baskets from Mead and award-winning #NYSWines.

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Closest to home is the Chappaqua Farmers Market, in my hometown of New Castle. Often joined by a flea market and art show, in addition to the weekly Take-It-Or-Leave-It Shop, Chappaqua is a destination for a leisurely morning. On our last visit, we had delicious Japanese-inspired salad dressing and edamame hummus from MOMO Dressing.

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But closest to home is our backyard garden, today filled with enough baby lettuce, mustard greens, arugula and turnip greens to share with the neighbors!Garden early June

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