Hello again, Small Bites readers. This is Maureen Fleming from Metromix.
I recently stopped by the riverside town of Piermont on a Sunday morning to see what the farmers market had to offer.
The farmers market is tucked in a lot behind the library, right by the Hudson. It is small but packed full of great vendors.
Bread Alone, Dan Leader’s Hudson Valley bakery, provides organic baked goods to customers.
The baguettes are the perfect accompaniment for cheese from Valley Shepard Creamery, the New Jersey based cheese-mongers who also have a stall at the market.
Bread Alone also has smaller treats like muffins and croissants in the case. I recommend pairing them with a cup of coffee from Bunbury’s down the street– the coffee comes from Coffee Labs Roasters across the river in Tarrytown. The week I was there Bread Alone was selling delicious Parmesan and zucchini bars, made with zucchini from Migliorelli Farm in Tivoli, N.Y.
Migliorelli Farm also has a stall at the market, overflowing with freshly harvested produce that makes one glad of the season. The week I was there peaches and plums were everywhere.
I don’t usually get vendor-envy, but Bodhitree Farms is so fantastic I think it’s worth a special trip to Piermont, since it seems to be the only place in the area (other than the Union Square Market) that they set up shop.
Owner Nevia No regularly cooks dishes for customers to try during the day, and cuts up her unique produce grown on the New Jersey farm for people to sample.
Along with the beautiful heirloom tomatoes and other veggies, there are more exotic, hard to find selections at Bodhitree Farm. At the height of summer there were several varieties of melon available, from cantaloupe to more interesting finds like the softball-sized tigger melon and striped chameh mellons that fit in the hand.
One of the great things about Bodhitree Farm is the handy signs by each item, explaining what things are, what they taste like and sometimes even offering ideas for preparation.
Local vinters, Benmarl Winery, also make an appearance at the market. Grabbing a bottle to pair with local cheese and bread and having a little feast by the river is almost as nice as visiting the picturesque vineyard.
Tierra Farms is a familiar site at area markets, and the company has a stall at the Piermont Market as well. I must confess, I usually avoid them, because I am completely addicted to pretty much all of their concoctions and must keep away because I will spend my entire paycheck on organic roasted curry cashews and almond butter.
The Piermont Farmers market is located at 527 Piermont Ave, Piermont, N.Y.
Sundays 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Full list of vendors:
Bombay Emerald Chutney Co.
Jamaica Dream Farm
Pika’s Farm Table
Valley Shepard Creamery