IT STARTED WITH A MISSION
In 1998, the Village of Pleasantville commissioned a small, 4-stand farmers market in a tiny lot right in the middle of town, with a few simple goals:
Encourage a healthy community by promoting a sustainable food system with wholesome, locally grown and produced food
Foster a culture of community and pride in our village
Support Pleasantville’s economic development by bringing more visitors and activity to the retail shopping districts, and encouraging visitors to explore the Village’s historical and cultural offerings
Over the years, our downtown grew stronger, and our market grew with it, moving to a long, narrow patch of land next to the Metro-North train station, where people could drive up, grab their favorite goods from the dozen-or-so stands and be on their way.
But we saw even more potential.
Inspired by community events like Pleasantville Day, and taking cues from some of the most successful markets in the country, we moved our Market into the Memorial Plaza lot, creating a walking plaza, closed to cars, doubling the number of stands, adding weekly live music, weekly kids’ events, more chef demos, and a large, shaded seating area.
Today, our Market is run by a small but enthusiastic group of volunteers who love our Village, believe in supporting local farmers and local business, enjoy enhancing people’s understanding of health and sustainability, and take pride in creating a sense of community that you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else.
The Pleasantville Farmers Market attracts thousands of people each Saturday, making it one of the biggest, most vibrant markets in Westchester County. About half of our patrons come from outside our village, so it’s where Pleasantville—and much of the county—starts its weekend. Mission accomplished.
The Pleasantville Farmer’s Market has been voted, for the fourth year in a row (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017) BEST OF WESTCHESTER by the readers of Westchester Magazine.
Impressive thought it may be, the market did not allow dogs so I was unable to take a look around. Too bad!
Taken with a Sony RX100 M3