Saturday June 13th, the citizens of Pawling were treated to the first of this summer’s weekly installation of the Pawling Farmers’ Market. The beautiful sunny day held the promise of a great time for any age with its array of artisans and farm stands. From 9 am to 1 pm the Farmers’ Market had a steady stream of curious shoppers from both the Pawling community and the surrounding area.
To help kick off the Pawling Public Farmers’ Market, members from the Two By Two Zoo came, for the third consecutive year, with a crateful of animals including baby goats, a particularly energetic tortoise, pot bellied pigs, and a perky little red kangaroo. The zoo’s main goal is to educate about different pets and how some animals are not the best pets because of their individual needs.
The vendors included a few local farms who were selling fresh vegetables such as broccoli, turnips, lettuce and other farm fresh produce. Also available for purchase was an array of fresh meats, such as lamb and beef. To help wash down your vegetables and meat was a selection of locally produced wines brought to the market by a Hudson Valley winery. In addition to the fresh farm products, a few local artisans came out. Market goers were able to purchase products such as vegetable themed greeting cards, and even a selection of locally produced granola.
After investigating all of the vendors, I spoke to a few of the market goers about their trip to the market. One regular insisted that she could not pick one vendor as her favorite, but comes weekly for the wide selection of fruits and vegetables. A new community member, having just moved here from Utah during the winter months, made her first visit to the market. She was ecstatic to find such variety and vibrancy at the market and informed me that she will definitely be coming back next week.
My experience at the Pawling Farmers’ Market was a great one inundated with good cheer and the opportunity to purchase an array of food products and artisan crafts. The air was alive with conversation, laughs, deals being made, and even the musical stylings of Mark Miller, who played an acoustic set in the gazebo and had a particularly interesting acoustic cover of The Beatles’ “Norwegian Wood.”
The market makes for a great way to spend your Saturday, either with the family or on your own, and support the Pawling community and its local businesses. The Pawling Farmer’s Market can be found on the village green through September 19th. For more information log on to their website at pawlingfarmersmarket.org