The Hello Factor


The Nyack Farmers Market was CROWDED this morning! Even though I got there ate 9:30, just one hour after it opened, I got the last bouquet of flowers from <a href=”” target=”_blank”> High Meadow Flower Farm. </a> I had to wait in line for my carrots, zucchini, cucumbers, radishes and beans at <a href=”” target=”_blank”> Blooming Hill Farm </a> and at and for my blueberries and tomatoes at <a href=” ” target=”_blank”> The Orchards of Concklin. </a>

The problem with the market being crowded is also its virtue. It means that tons of people are buying food from local farmers, which I love. It means more people get to know the farmers that are growing their food, which is great.

And then there’s also the hello factor. I live in Nyack, and love that it’s a small enough village so that I know so many of the shopkeepers and the restaurant owners (OK, especially the restaurant owners). But going to the farmers market means saying hello not only to all the farmers, but to all my friends and neighbors, too. Friends of friends, friends of my parents, friends of the farmers — and even my own friends.

It’s all very communal, but it’s also all very “Year in Provence.” Really. The whole village sees you at the market — and sometimes I’ve just thrown on shorts and a baseball cap and I’m out the door. The saving grace is that it’s so crowded that I’m certainly not the only one!


About Author

Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.


  1. Liz,

    This is such a great idea! I love what you are doing to generate an interest in the food scene here. Will be a frequent visitor.


  2. Just curious, how did you post your blog at 8:35 am about a 9:30 visit to the farmers market?

  3. Because I, the blog set-up guy, goofed up.

    That should be fixed in a matter of moments.

    Thanks for the head’s up.

  4. I think something is wrong with the website, tried to subscribe to the blog, but get a screen of data including some other messges…. help!!

  5. Hi, the blog set up guy here again.

    Charles, the screen you saw was an unformatted RSS feed that is intended to be used in a feedreader (ala “Bloglines”: or a desktop application such as “FeedDemon”: for Windows).

    To help ease the confusion, I’ve formatted the RSS feed a little bit so readers who stumble upon it can get a better idea of what they’re looking at.

    I hope that explains things a little better.

  6. Always enjoy reading your food related stories. Keep bringing them on.
    Out of curiosity, what does a “Famous Foodie” make with
    “carrots, zucchini, cucumbers, radishes and beans..blueberries and tomatoes?”

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