LARCHMONT, N.Y. – Larchmont’s Down to Earth Farmers Market usually opens for the season on Memorial Day weekend, but will return two weeks early for its ninth year when it opens Saturday, May 10, and just in time for Mother’s Day.
Larchmont is one of Down to Earth Markets’ 17 farmers markets, and one of seven in Westchester. Others are in:
- Rye – May 11 to Dec. 7, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in lot behind Purchase Street stores
- Croton-on-Hudson – May 11 to Nov. 23, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Municipal Place parking lot (off of Route 9 exit)
- Tarrytown – May 24 to Nov. 22, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Patriots Park
- New Rochelle – June 20 to Nov. 21, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on North Avenue at Huguenot Park
- Ossining – all year 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (opens at 8:30 a.m. starting May 24) at corner of Spring and Main streets
- Mamaroneck – closed May 3 at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church
Down to Earth Markets began in 1991 with the Ossining Market. It added Rye in 2004 and Larchmont in 2006. Both have live music and card making stations this weekend for Mother's Day and will have paper, glue sticks, glitter, markers and more for all at the respective Market Manager’s tent.
"This is the first time we're ever opening on Mother's Day," said Nicole Reed, communications director for Down to Earth Markets. "We get a lot of families that want to make a morning at the market. So, we made sure we had some fun stuff for them to do."
The Larchmont market is opening two weeks earlier than previous years at the request of patrons.
"The sunshine comes through, you see the daffodils, and you want your fresh greens," Reed said.
Farmers markets became popular after 2008, making many of the Down to Earth markets “ahead of the curve,” said Nicole Reed, communications director for the company.
“You see it in communities with strong downtowns, like Larchmont's, for example, where people really want to support their local businesses. I think that's definitely something that definitely flows over to the farmers markets.”
Locavores – or people who eat locally – can expect wild ramps, garlic scapes, and asparagus in May, strawberries, sweet cherries, snap peas, spinach in June, and broccoli, summer squash, eggplant, corn, peaches, blueberries and tomatoes in the “high flying days of July and August.” Watermelon, pears, brussels sprouts, collard greens and more will come into season in the fall, Reed said.
A lot of the vendors from the Mamaroneck market will vend in Larchmont, like Taiim Falafel Shack, which offers what they call "Israeli soul food." This includes butternut squash-infused hummus, baba ganoush and, of course, falafel.