JOHN JAY HOMESTEAD FARM MARKET TO BEGIN THIRD SEASON ON HISTORIC SITE IN KATONAH
The John Jay Homestead Farm Market will reopen on Saturday, June 22nd, showcasing over 30 new and returning vendors. This independent market will offer fruit, produce, including heirloom varieties, and flowers, grown by local farmers, using certified organic, organic, biodynamic and conventional methods. There will be an array of artisanal baked goods, including raw, vegan and gluten-free, cheese, dairy, wine, meats, fresh seafood, prepared foods, as well as hand-crafted local products.
The John Jay Homestead Farm Market continues to embrace the small, local farmer, whose farms are literally miles from the site. The core local farmer/owners are Liz Taggart, Amba Farm of Bedford Hills, Jerry & Nancy Kohlberg, Cabbage Hill Farm of Mount Kisco, Lou D’Alessandro, JD Farms of Brewster, Deb Taft, Mobius Fields of Waccabuc, Shep Goodman, Mt. Holly Farm of Katonah, and Jenny Elliot, Tiny Hearts Farm of North Salem. In addition John Ubaldo, John Boys Farm of Cambridge and Mark Santoro, Gaia’s Breath Farm of Jordanville round out the mix. “I am extremely proud to be part of the farm market at John Jay Homestead. It is the only market in Westchester that features so many local growers. That makes us really special and my customers know it, “said Deb Taft. “I have become friends with many of my customers and I think about them when I’m sowing seeds in the greenhouse in March, trellising cucumbers in June, and harvesting greens at dawn on Saturdays; my customers are worked into everything I do, “continued Taft. She has found a second field to grow in and her relationship with her customers assures her that she will be able to sell as much as she can grow.
Some of the returning vendors are Ladle of Love, Wave Hill Breads, Red Barn Bakery, Big Bang Coffee and Whitecliff Vineyards. A few of the new vendors include Jnana Organics of MountKisco, Truck Restaurant of Bedford and Champagne Tea and Plum Plums Cheese both of Pound Ridge.
Shoppers will enjoy 62-acres of historic grounds and are welcome to explore flower, herb and vegetable gardens, a chicken-and-egg co-op and a 12-hive apiary, along with wooded trails and a pond. They can tour the historic Jay house, discover the new Education and VisitorCenter in the newly restored Carriage Barn, featuring state-of-the-art computerized interactive displays or explore the new children’s Discovery Centers in 5 of the site’s historic buildings, filled with hands-on activities.
“We have lots of exciting things planned for opening day including singer/songwriter, Ian Charles and the SPCA of Westchester, who will be on hand with their adorable rescue dogs, “said Jennifer Gordon, Market Manager. “We will continue to feature local talent and partner with a local non-profit each week, as well as offer free children’s craft programs the second Saturday of every month, “said Gordon.
John Jay Homestead Farm Market is located at 400 Jay Street, in Katonah, N.Y. and will run from Saturday, June 22 – Saturday, October 12 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. For more information visit www.johnjayhomestead.org.