Back for its seventh year, the Pawling Farmers Market debuted Saturday, June 21st with musicians, a petting zoo, and 28 vendors.
Each Saturday from 9 a.m. -12 p.m., the Village Green hosts tents selling everything from kale to wine. This week, the featured musical group was the Sawtelles, a husband and wife duo performing original songs with a 60’s vibe, and the Two-by-Two Petting Zoo returned for its second year at the market.
The variety of food and merchandise for sale is staggering. Looking for fresh produce? Visit the tents of Continental Organics, the student-run Trinity Pawling Community Garden, or Meadowland Farm. Want some food to bring home? American Pride Seafood, New York Beef Co., and Farm Country Soup are good places to start. Interested in nontraditional vendors? You’ll love Coast-to-Coast Dog Treats, Hush Soap, and Olive Oil of the World. Garlic, eggs, baguettes, chutney – with the breadth of options available, residents are hard-pressed to leave the market empty-handed.
Since all of the vendors are from the area (if not from Pawling itself), customers often take advantage of the rare opportunity to ask questions about where their food comes from and how it is made. Several sustainability-conscious vendors have signs announcing, “Organic,” “Grass-fed,” and “Gluten Free.” Many businesses, such as Wholey Oates, are family-run. With the Sawtelles’ music in the background, Pawling residents walked up and down the Green on Saturday, holding smoothies, walking dogs, and congregating in small groups to chat.
The Two-by-Two Petting Zoo was a huge hit, evident by the constant flow of children toward the circle of fences and tanks for the animals. The poster-boy of the zoo is a small joey, just seven months old, which was carried around the end of the Green in a baby’s blanket. Another of the zoo’s stars is Sapphire, an active 17-year-old tortoise that walks a mile each day. Children loved looking at the snake, young crocodile, and lizard, and petting baby goats, rabbits, and a gerbil.
There is much to look forward to in the thirteen upcoming weekends, including Tarot card readings, a karate demonstration, knife-sharpening, Parkour, and a hen laying seminar. The musical lineup is comprised of solo artists as well as family bands. The last Saturday of the Pawling Farmers Market is September 20th, but don’t wait until then to enjoy the friendly vendors and cheerful atmosphere.
The Pickle Licious tent was so popular that the line snaked into the petting zoo area.