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May 29, 2014

The New Rochelle BID  Downtown Farmer’s Market

Opens its Second Season Bigger and Better May 31st!

New Rochelle, NY, May 28, 2014 – Saturday, May 31st at 9 a.m. marks the opening of the New Rochelle’s Downtown Farmers Market.  The market will be held every Saturday from May 31 through November 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Library Green next to the New Rochelle Public Library on Huguenot Street between Memorial Highway and Lawton Street.

This festive neighborhood market features more than 30 weekly and guest vendors selling local farm-fresh produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods and other specialty foods. The market will also showcase artisanal products, community organizations.  Shoppers can join friends and Dine on the Green with prepared foods from an assortment of Dine Downtown restaurants. . To make this a great community happening for the entire family there will be free children’s activities and live music every Saturday.

The Farmer’s Market is sponsored by the New Rochelle Downtown Business Improvement District (NRBID), Monroe College, Green Mountain Energy and Halstead New Rochelle. Our sponsors, Mayor Noam Bramson and City and community leaders will participate in an opening ceremony at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday,  May 31st.

Wee Westchester Magazine named our market one of the best farmer’s markets in Westchester County in 2013. “As a first year market, we were very happy with the nearly 10,000 people that visited and shopped last year. Given the additions to this year’s market, we expect to significantly increase the number of vendors and shoppers in 2014,” said a market manager Bo Kemp.

Events_Grand-market-PR.gif“We want our Farmer’s Market to not only bring healthy farm-fresh and local produce to residents of New Rochelle and surrounding communities, but also to serve as a festive community gathering place bringing people to downtown, the heart of our community.,” said Ralph DiBart executive director of the New Rochelle BID. Councilman Ivar Hyden,  a strong proponent of downtown’s Saturday market noted that “this Saturday market has allowed many working New Rochelleans and surrounding community residents to shop, eat and celebrate the rich diversity of our city on a day where many naturally spend time buying food for their family.”

“What better way than a weekly food market to bring together residents from throughout our City of our city? The Farmers Market is a new focal point for the com­munity and we are thrilled to be able to participate as vendors, shoppers and eaters” said Ellen Dupuy d’Angeac, New Rochelle resident and downtown business owner.

A SAMPLE of New Rochelle Farmers Market Vendors

Events_Grand-market-PR2..gifMigliorelli Farm - Migliorelli Farm is a family-run fruit and vegetable farm located in Northern Dutchess County in the Hudson Valley Region of New York. Now in its 3rd generation, Migliorelli Farm is growing over 130 different varieties of fruits and vegetables.

Pura Vida Fisheries - Rick Lofstad is the seafarer at the helm of Pura Vida Fisheries based Hampton Bay, Long Island. Rick has been selling his fish at farmers’ markets for the past 8 years.

LeBris Bakery - Jean Yves LeBris, a French born and trained artisanal bread baker with more than 50 years of experience baking. He launched a line of artisanal breads that include authentic French Baguettes, Ficelles, Italian Paesano and Ciabatta, as well as hamburger buns that have helped define and support a new, creative menu item in high-end restaurants.

Bobolink Dairy and Bakehouse -  founded by Jonathan White, Cheesemaker and Nina Stein White, Dancemaker , in 2002, on a leased farm in Sussex County, NJ.  They began making artisanal cheeses from the milk of our twenty mixed-breed, grass-fed cows.  Today, they milk between 50-60 cows including their “Bobolink Blacks”, which are the result of crossing several common "modern" dairy breeds (Ayrshire, Guernsey, Jersey, etc.) with the ancient Kerry cattle of Ireland to make their cheese.

Sweet Things & Wild Thyme – Scrumptious honey, pollen and beeswax products

R&R Farms – Specializing in Mexican produce such as pipiche, alache and two kinds of papalo and chiles

Ready Set Sharp Knife Sharpening – Knife sharpening services turning dull to sharp blades.

Little Luscious Dessert Company – Fantastic fresh desserts by local entrepreneur featured in the NY Times

…and many more!

About New Rochelle Downtown Farmers Market

The New Rochelle  Farmers Market was conceived and is operated by the New Rochelle Business Improvement District, a not-for-profit organization of New Rochelleans with the express purpose of enriching our downtown. Every Saturday, the market hosts more than a two dozen core vendors plus rotating sellers to create a varied and ever-changing shopping experience. To learn more about how the New Rochelle Farmer’s Market aims to grow, nourish and inspire our community, become a  Facebook fan and visit www.newrochelledowntown.com

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