Lots has been happening in the past years for the Beacon Farmer's Market. Last year, it was turned over to new management under the hands of Common Ground, where it expanded its open season to the Winter by being located inside of the VFW/Bingo Hall, also known as the Memorial Building. Last summer they introduce food accessibility programs by tapping into New York State's Fresh Direct program by accepting SNAP benefits. This summer, the Farmers' Market will stay on Main Street, and move outside to take over Veterans Place, the side street in-between the Town Crier and the Post Office. Opening day is this Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 from 10am-3pm, rain or shine.
Won't You Be My Neighbor
The Beacon Farmers Market will be in good company, surrounded by new neighbors who welcome the change. Emma Dewing, owner of the Beacon Flea Market, which sets up every fair weather Sunday from 8am-3pm in the neighboring municipal parking lot on Henry Street, is "pleased to have the Farmers' Market up on Main Street. I think that Beacon can only benefit from having both markets and all that Main Street has to offer within a walkable distance."
Beacon Natural Market is located just across the street from Veterans Place, and is also looking forward to the market's new location. Says co-owner Kitty Sherpa: "We welcome the Farmers' Market. We think it's good for our customers and the residents of Beacon. If having the Market here makes the lives easier for our customers, that is something we care about. Going down to the water and then coming back up here doesn't work out as well sometimes for people."
Kitty remembers when the the Farmers' Market was open at that same location off Main Street almost twelve years ago when Beacon Natural Market first opened, although the Farmers' Market was much smaller with a handful of vendors. Now it has 15 or so vendors on any given week, with 27 vendors total in rotating spots for other pre-approved vendors (full list is here) to pop in during the schedule.
Who Will Be At Market?
A few of market-goer's favorites will be at the new location, like PickleLicious, Hudson Valley Seafood for oysters, shrimp and other fish, and Nana's Home Kitchen, makers of Mediterranean dips and pestos, spinach pies, their famous falafel, and brownies. Local favorite Bank Square from the West End of town will be roasting coffee beans powered by solar power and serving iced coffee. Despite two coffee locations in that area already, Ella's Bellas gluten-free bakery, and Beacon Pantry, lines are still healthy at each Main Street storefront, so there will be enough coffee to go around and opportunities to grab-n-go for people hopping between outdoor markets.
Speaking of specialty food options, look for The New Confectioner, who is bringing small batch, hand packed dairy free frozen desserts, sorbets, vegan ice cream and frozen fruit pops. And look forward to bringing home honey from Steed's Bees, a source for honey from Montgomery, NY..
Enjoy your Sundays!