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Grand reopening of the Narrowsburg Farmers’ Market

Updated: Jul 23, 2019

By Katie Collins Follow Katie @KatieCollins51

Katie with Susan Trapani from Trapani Farms in Milton New York were busy helping customers at the grand reopening of the Narrowsburg Farmers Market June 27. Photo by Katie Collins.

NARROWSBURG - Fruits and vegetables were abundant at the new Narrowsburg Farmers Market Saturday, where the sun shone brightly as many shopped for locally grown goods they wanted or later discovered.

The New Narrowsburg Farmers Market

Saturday was the grand reopening of the market that had closed last year, due to the wrong "mix of vendors" said market organizer Danielle Gaebel. The right vendors offer fresh fruit and vegetables. Thereafter, market goers want: meats, baked goods, body care items and artisan crafts she said. As of now, the market doesn't have a vendor for cheese, maple or honey; although Gaebel wants to add them to the mix.

The new market encompasses the Barryville Farmers Market too. While the market has “potential” to succeed, more than anything, community support is needed because the vendors are local farmers and food providers said Gaebel.

Changing mindset

Considering the location of the markets as opposed to stores in the region, Gaebel acknowledged that accessibility is an issue for some, but that can be fixed by a change of behavior since the Narrowsburg Market for instance, is open Saturdays 10:00 to 1:00 and so, time must be made to go food shopping then. It all comes back to, investing in your health and community she said.

Education is essential too, because eating locally produced foods isn’t just an issue in the region Gaebel said, but across the board since many feel food must be cheap and convenient, rather than practical and perhaps a little more costly.

Today, Gaebel cares about eating farm fresh food because she discovered how food affects her health. Her family completely changed their diets years ago and now, she believes farm fresh is the way to live for everyone.

Cost perception

As for a cost difference, Gaebel said that depends on what’s being bought because fresh meat from a local farm is “definitely more” than a supermarket. But there is a misperception that people can’t afford “good, high quality food.” That notion, is “sad as a society” because people should eat the best food possible since it’s about one’s health she said. So, if concerned about cost, then money should be reallocated and life changes may be needed. To that, she acknowledged that change isn’t easy, but it doesn’t have to be done in a day. Rather than buying carrots in a store, buy them at the farmers market or put $20 aside just for the market. By buying the locally grown foods, Gaebel said people will experience “super delicious” foods that offer flavor unlike what’s available in the store.

Delighted to farm

At the market from Trapani Farms in Milton New York, Susan Trapani had a line of people waiting to buy the many summer fruits and vegetables she offered, that were clearly from a farm. The Trapani family has been farming since the early 20th century, when her husband’s family came to the United States and so, today the family continues farming while also maintaining other fulltime careers.

Trapani said she likes farming because of the “satisfaction” that comes from knowing what her family has done and seeing people enjoy the foods. Now, one of her sons has gone on to farm with his children who work “night and day,” and her other children help out too, despite all having fulltime careers besides. Every one of her children have built houses on the 100-acre farm because “it’s a healthy lifestyle” she said.

Wild apples are key

From Aaron Burr Cidery in Wurtsboro New York, Polly Brennan was selling fermented cider made from wild or uncultivated apples. The wild apples are “traditional” for cider making she explained, because they are smaller and not irrigated, which means there’s less water in the apple. Since the cider mimics “original American cider,” that is dry and has no sugar, she believes the cider tastes like a dry white wine.

The cidery was founded from Brennan’s husband’s interest in apples. Initially, the family made cider for themselves, but after managing rocky soil they knew the cider would make for an “interesting drink” she said. Since the apples are not sprayed, there’s a “little more intense” taste that makes for a “tart and dry” drink. While she works part time, the farm is Brennan’s fulltime career, so he must manage the orchard that has 800 trees that are solely meant for making hard cider.

Organic skincare

A certified aromatherapist, Mo Petkus was at the market with her organic skin care, “Mo’s Tonic.” Having dabbled with essential oils for a while, Petkus went to aromatherapy school and since then, she created her organic skin care that she believes to be good for the body because of their different components and “actual medicinal purpose” she said. The oils also give a “lift to the limbic system” because of the varying scents that may “provide a calm” dependent on the blends.

Petkus makes all of the oils that are derived from formulas she has created. The oils, are unique because they have been made “from a place of knowledge,” since she knows what organic ingredients are needed Petkus explained. Such as with a foot balm, she uses shea butter from Ghana and so, every ingredient has a “purpose and integrity.”


Farm fresh strawberries

Saturday Linda Bulger bought two types of lettuce with plans on making different salads. After visiting the market last week, Bulger said she was “impressed with the vegetables.” The salads were “delicious” because of how fresh they were and she was especially pleased with a homemade organic salad dressing, that was “to die for.”

Carrying a crate of strawberries, Rosie Starr said she loves fresh seasonal strawberries because “there’s nothing like them” and so, she was at the market to buy some for herself and a neighbor. The strawberries are special, because there’s no taste of chemicals, but rather a “real sweetness of fruit.” Often, Starr visits the market because of its convenience and the variety of vendors. She called the Narrowsburg Farmers’ Market a “gift to our community.”

The Narrowsburg Farmers Market is open Saturdays 10:00 to 1:00, rain or shine at 7 Erie Ave. behind the Narrowsburg Union. For more information visit https://narrowsburgfarmersmarket.org/

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