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Farmers Markets Close Up Shop for the Season

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. – As the temperatures continue to drop local outdoor events are starting to become more and more scarce.  On a particularly chilly day, the Dobbs Ferry Farmers Market had its last day of the season on Friday while shoppers and vendors alike were bundled up.  Saturday is the last weekly market in Hastings as well.  The opportunity the market provides for both sides is still apparent even in the brisk weather.

“It’s a way for us to meet our customers,” said Aimee Milano of Big Girl Baking.  “We don’t have a storefront so rather than just sell things online or through other retailers it gives us an opportunity to connect with our consumers.  This is our face time. “

Local customers wouldn’t be denied by a little cold weather, especially not on the last day of the markets season. “Every Friday, if I’m working I try to come by,” said Somers resident Karen Tocci.  “I think it’s better, It’s fresher and I like that it’s local.  It’s very convenient.”

The closing of the market on Cedar St. doesn’t necessarily mean the end of fresh produce until next year though. “There are some markets that go indoors so we continue with a number of the year round markets,” Milano said.  “Plus it gives us some downtime too because we work like crazy people from May to November.”

Consistent customers said they would miss the fresh produce, but they’ll continue to shop locally throughout the year. “I’ll be sad,” Tocci said of the market closing for the year.  “I try and look for the local bins in the super market.  Plus I like to support the local farmers.”

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