Terry Deegan’s childhood memories of selling tomatoes from a roadside produce stand helped seed one of the most successful farmer’s markets in the Hudson Valley.
A southern girl at heart, Terry Deegan grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, on a large farm where her philosophy of growing her own food and buying local was firmly ingrained. As a child, she sold fresh tomatoes from a roadside produce stand.
Images: Pawling Farmer’s Market
Even after a move to the big city, those fond experiences never left the Brooklyn Heights resident. While enjoying life at her Pawling country house with her husband, Jack, and daughter Elizabeth, she felt one aspect of rural living was blatantly missing: a local farmer’s market. After many questions, conversations and locations, Terry organized a variety of unique vendors and local farmers to establish The Pawling Farmers Market.
The Market will celebrate its eighth season this year, opening on Saturday, June 13th and continuing through Saturday, September 19th, 9am to 1pm, centrally located on the Village Green in Pawling. With over 30 vendors, the Market is the place to be on a Saturday , a true destination for local families and those from surrounding communities. There is live music and an incredible array of the best in fresh produce, specialty foods, baked goods, meats, cheeses, seafood, Hudson Valley wines and beautifully crafted artisanal items. Local businesses surrounding the Green sponsor new events each week and provide interesting venues to browse through while visiting the market.
Deegan receives her 2015 Voices of Pawling Award for outstanding volunteerism.
Terry’s outstanding community service as well as the efforts of the community itself have resulted in an event that honors the rich agricultural heritage of the area and promotes the philosophy of Farm to Table. Listen on to learn more about how Terry brought local-minded area residents together to create this area institution.