Farmers Market Loot, June 21


My favorite crop of the entire summer came in today: Sour Cherries.

Today at the Nyack market, I met with Chamber of Commerce president Lorie Reynolds. We’re setting up a demo for 10 a.m. next week. I’ll be cooking with chef Doug Nguyen of Wasabi in Nyack, and we’ll be shooting it for RNN. Come down and see us!

Today’s Loot:

Dines Farm: 2 chickens. $20.

The Orchards of Concklin: 4 quarts sour cherries; 1 quart sweet cherries; 2 pints blueberries: $31.

Blooming Hill Farm: 10 Red Bliss potatoes ($5); 2 heads Boston lettuce ($4.50): $9.50.

Total: $60.50.

Here’s a list of farmers markets in the area:

Nyack: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Municipal Parking Lot, Main Street. 845-353-2221.
Yonkers: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. beginning July 5. St. John’s Church Courtyard, Getty Square, 1 Hudson St. 914-963-3033.
New Rochelle: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Division Street and LeRoy Place. 914-654-2186.
Pocantico Hills: 1-5 p.m. Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, 630 Bedford Road. 914-366-6200.
Brewster: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Brewster Parking lot at Village Offices, 208 E. Main St. 914-671-6262.
Bronxville: 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Stone Place. 914-479-2246.
Cold Spring: 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Route 9D south of Route 301. 845-265-3611.
Cross River: 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. John Jay High School, 60 North Salem Road. 914-923-4837.
Hartsdale: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Metro-North Station, East Hartsdale Avenue. 914-993-1507.
Hastings-on-Hudson: 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Maple Avenue behind Municipal Building. 914-923-4837.
Larchmont: 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Metro-North upper lot 3 off Chatsworth Avenue. 914-923-4837.
Ossining: 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Main and Spring streets. 914-923-4837.
Peekskill: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Bank Street between Main and Park streets. 914-737-2780.
Pleasantville: 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Memorial Plaza. 914-923-4837.
Suffern: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Municipal lot, Orange Avenue at Lafayette and Wayne streets. 845-647-6911.
Tarrytown: 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Patriots Park, Route 9. 914-923-4837.
Haverstraw: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. West Broad Street and Maple Avenue. 845-429-5731.
Piermont: 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. M&T Bank parking lot, Ash and Piermont avenues. 914-923-4837.
Pocantico Hills: 1-5 p.m. Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, 630 Bedford Road. 914-366-6200.
Rye: 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Parking lot 2 on Theodore Fremd Avenue. 914-923-4837.
Tuckahoe: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. beginning July 1. Depot Square, 25 Main St. 914-231-0221.
Brewster: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Parking lot at Village Offices, 208 E. Main St. 914-671-6262.
Pocantico Hills: 1-5 p.m. Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, 630 Bedford Road. 914-366-6200.
Putnam Valley: 3 p.m. except July 4. Historic Tompkins Corners United Methodist Church, 729 Peekskill Hollow Road. 845-528-7280.
Spring Valley: 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Parking lot on Route 45 and North Church Street. 914-923-4837.
White Plains: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 255 Main St. 914-422-1411.

Meantime, here’s an homage to my favorite fruit:


I found this Gourmet/Sara Moulton recipe on the Food Networks’ web site. Sounds perfect for cocktail hour Saturday:

Fizzy Sour Cherry Lemonade

2 pounds fresh or thawed frozen sour cherries (2 quarts), stemmed
2 cups fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 to 2 cups superfine sugar
3 cups white rum (optional)
4 to 6 cups chilled sparkling water
Fresh sour cherries with stems, for garnish

Blend cherries (including pits) in a blender at low speed until skins have broken down enough to brightly color liquid (some of pits will be coarsely chopped). Pour through a sieve into a 4-quart pitcher, pressing on and discarding solids. Add lemon juice and sugar, to taste, stirring until sugar is dissolved.

Pour 3 tablespoons white rum, if using, into each of 16 tall (10-ounce) glasses filled with ice. Add 1/2 cup cherry lemonade to each and top off with sparkling water.

Cooks’ note: Sour cherry lemonade can be made 1 day ahead and chilled, covered.

Yield: 16 servings.


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. Tracey Princiotta on

    Has anyone been to the the Brewster, Peekskill or Cross River farmer’s markets? Curious what vendors are there and if anyone has any thoughts on the quality of the market.

  2. What else are you going to make with those fantastic-looking sour cherries? The notion of putting them in the blender for a drink breaks my heart.

  3. Oh don’t worry, Bill. The sour cherry season is just beginning. I’ll be making pies and preserves and salsa and sauces and freezing some and … and … and …

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