The TaSH Brings Global Flavors to Farmers Market

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As the outdoor farmers market season kicks into gear this month, organizers of the Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow Farmers Market — The TaSH — aren’t resting on past laurels. Singled out by local media as the best revamped farmers market in the county last year, they are determined not only to live up to the praise but far surpass it.

When The TaSH opens for the season Memorial Day weekend, we are bringing back a terrific lineup of local foods along with all the great music and cultural events, kids art and education that have made The TaSH a Saturday destination for the past four years,” said Suzanne Sorrentino, co-president. “But we are taking it to the next level, introducing new vendors, new flavors and enhancements for shoppers.”

New flavors coming to The TaSH this season circle the globe.

Among them will be Japanese condiments from MOMO Dressing such as ginger dressing and edamame dip. From AnaMaria’s Foods, shoppers can sample northern Italian family recipes for specialties like radicchio marmalade, made from local seasonal produce.

Nearly 50 years ago, Nirmala Gupta of Yorktown inherited treasured family recipes for traditional Indian delights which became the foundation of her Bombay Emerald Chutney Co. Along with items such as Royal Tomato Chutney, she will bring a host of enticing homemade Indian foods, made from fresh local produce, such as vegetarian and vegan roti rolls, saag and royal kofta to heat and eat at home.

As a child in the Ukraine, Sheila Bober watched her grandmother and mother pickle and ferment the vegetables grown on the community dacha – the shared country farms where city workers retreated for weekend respite. Bober has transformed family recipes and memories into a selection of lacto-fermented sauerkrauts and vegetables she will vend at The TaSH this season.

Shoppers will also be treated to some unusual fruits and berries that Katonah farm-owner David Rowe said “you may have only tasted in grandpa’s backyard.” These include blackcurrants, gooseberries, honey berries, pawpaws and persimmons.

The TaSH is welcoming other new vendors as well, including Peace and Carrots Farm, a Certified Naturally Grown farm run by four women in Chester, NY; Hudson Valley Seafood, a fishmonger in the old sense of “seafood specialist;” and Saint James Brewery, a Long Island-based “farm brewer,” meaning their craft beers are made from New York-grown wheat, barley and hops.

Vendors returning after a hiatus include Acorn Hill Farm goat cheese; Healing Home Foods, gluten-free and vegan takes on many favorites such as spinach dip, granola and graham crackers; and Hudson River Apiaries’ honey and other bee products.

In addition to building out its vendor roster, The TaSH is also making improvements this season to support busy shoppers who are short on time but still want the quality, freshness and connection to local farmers and food producers they can only get at the farmers market.

For example, the market will introduce “TaSH Cash” this year. Didn’t bring enough cash? No need to run to the ATM. Shoppers can use their credit or debit cards to purchase tokens at the TaSH information tent that they can spend like cash throughout the market.

“Other initiatives that will make it easier and faster to shop are in the works and will be unwrapped in coming weeks,” Sorrentino said, adding “watch our Facebook page and newsletter for announcements.”

Rivertowns Village Green (RVG), the non-profit organization that runs the market is dedicated to making the market accessible to all segments of the community, and has increased efforts to get the word out on its food assistance programs.

The organization is working with both village and county governments and other local non-profits to spread the word that SNAP benefits (previously known as food stamps) are not only accepted at the market, but RVG doubles their value up to $40.

RVG requires all eligible vendors to accept the SNAP benefit as well as WIC coupons that support new mothers. RVG is also continuing a joint program with the Community Food Pantry of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown that provides food tokens to pantry clients.

“Of course, we couldn’t host all of our great weekly educational programming, live local music or food assistance programs without the support of our partners, like Westchester Community Foundation, ArtsWestchester and the Church of St. Barnabas,” said RVG co-president Tammy Abraham.

“We also rely on the generous support of our sponsors like Phelps Hospital, which has been our “presenting sponsor” since our launch in 2015.  Other local supporters include Tarrytown Hall Care Center, Rey Insurance, EF (Education First) and Allan Block Agency. More local businesses are coming on board to show their support and will be announced on opening day,” Abraham said.

Local businesses can get involved by reaching out to Tashfarmersmarket@gmail.com. Details are on the sponsor page of the Web site: tashfarmersmarket.org/how-to-sponsor-the-tash/.

Key Tash Info:

Opening Day: May 26.

Market Season: Saturdays 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Thanksgiving in Patriots Park.

Online: tashfarmersmarket.org and find the TaSH on Facebook and Instagram at thetashfm.

Contact: tashfarmersmarket@gmail.com

Vendors-to-date: Acorn Hill Farm, Alpacatrax, AnnaMaria’s Foods, Arlotta Food Studio, Baked With Jake, Bien Cuit, Blessed Brewery, Bombay Emerald Chutney Company, Broken Bow Brewery, Chaseholm Farm Creamery, Clean Ridge Soap Company, DACHA Live Cultured Veggies, Deliciously Alicia’s, Donkey Salsa, Fishkill Farms, Healing Home Foods, Hillrock Estate Distillery, Hudson River Apiaries, Hudson Valley Seafood, Irvington Delight Market, J’adore Baking, JD Farms, Kaffee & Klatsch, Kontoulis Family Olive Oil, Luxx Chocolat, Majestic Farm, Mead Orchards, Meredith’s Country Bakery, Mobius Fields, MOMO Dressing, Nahmias et Fils distillery, Neversink Spirits, Orchard Hill Organics, Peace and Carrots Farm, Pickle Licious, Saint James Brewery, Samosa Shack, Soukup Farms, Sweethearth Bakeshop, Teagevity | Longevity, The Misshapened Bowl, Tousey Winery, Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery, Wave Hill Breads, White Plains Orchids,Will Yum, Xquisite Coffee.

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