Opening day of the new Tarrytown and Sleepy HollowFarmers Market (the TaSH) drew close to 2,000 people to Patriots Park to meet the farmers and sample an array of tasty foods, all while listening to great music and socializing with neighbors.
“The new market had a fantastic debut,” said Suzanne Sorrentino, co-president of Rivertowns Village Green (RVG), the nonprofit group made up of volunteer community members that formed to revitalize the market. “Our hope that the farmers market could be a vibrant center of village life, while offering access to local, fresh, wholesome food, has come to life.”
Volunteers counted an estimated 1,900 visitors to the market on Opening Day, May 23. Opening Day featured 20 vendors, a kick-off performance by Route 9, a impressive rock band made up of Sleepy Hollow High School students, as well as a ribbon cutting by Mayors Drew Fixell of Tarrytown and Ken Wray of Sleepy Hollow.
“We were thrilled to have several key sponsors help launch The TaSH, including Mrs Green’s Natural Market, Phelps Memorial Hospital and Green Mountain Energy,” said Tammy Abraham, co-president of RVG. “Beyond their financial support, they’re bringing experiences like chef demos and nutritional
education to the market. We’re extremely grateful for their support and look forward to working with other businesses interested in supporting the community.”
Pulling together the “village green” namesake vision of RVG, the opening day market also featured music from favorite Westchester County band Andrea and the Armenian Rug Riders, a children’s musical enrichment program offered by Josie LaRiccia of Kindermusik, a Tarrytown Music Hall children’s activity, free yoga sponsored by the YMCA, the Foundation for the Public Schools promoting the annual Horseman Color Run, the Historical Society promoting its Strawberry Festival and Warner Library promoting children and teen summer reading programs.
“We are so happy to provide the venue for other great community institutions and organizations to get the word out about their programs and good works, and hope others reach out to us to coordinate efforts,” Sorrentino said, adding that more vendors, children’s activities, movement activities and community groups will rotate through the market throughout the season.
Also starting in June, vendors at the market began to accept Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks, which income-qualified mothers and senior citizens can use to purchase fruits and vegetables.