A Visit With Arch River Farm

Last weekend we visited with Jeff Wendover, owner of Arch River Farm. We had a great time visiting the animals and finding out more about what life is like on the farm.

Peekskill Farmers Market: Hi Jeff! Thank you for the tour. We’re so happy to finally get up here and see the property.

Jeff: Took ya long enough. I’ve only been inviting you for two years.

 

PFM: Yes…well….um…hey look donkeys!

Jeff: Aw they’re my babies. Come on I’ll introduce you.

Jeff calls all his animals honey, sweetie, and baby

 

PFM: How long have you been on this land?

Jeff: I’ve been here for about ten years. But I grew up in this town and my family always had animals. I worked on neighbors farms, learned how to fix equipment, and take care of animals. I had a different property before I came here but I fell in love with this place as soon as I saw it.

PFM: Our shoppers want to know what you do in the off-season.

Jeff: Laughing SLEEP! Nah not really. Animals still gotta be fed. I’m up around 4am every day.

PFM: It’s a hard life being a farmer.

Jeff: Yeah it’s hard but there’s nothing else I’d want to do. I love my animals. Even the ones that are meant for eating live good lives while they’re here. We treat them all with kindness and respect. We talk to sweet to them. Pet them. They have a good life while they’re on my land and I won’t tolerate anyone working here being mean to my babies.

PFM: I’ve heard stories about big farm businesses being cruel to the animals. That’s another reason why it’s good to buy from your local farm.

Jeff: You bet. I only have as many as I can care for and sell in a season. There’s a balance that works. The right amount of animals on the property at any given time. The right amount of people working with them. The right feed. Everything costs money, and time, and energy. But I mean to do it right. Happy animals, happy customers, happy life.

PFM: Thank you so much for the tour Jeff. It’s beautiful here.

Jeff: Tell everyone on the website that I can’t wait to see them again on opening day.

PFM: I’ll tell them! See you June 3rd.





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get Fresh!

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DoReMe Farm locally grown vegetables

Saturday November 19th is the last day of our 2016 market season.

It’s been a tremendous year! Thank you for coming to Bank Street on Saturdays and supporting our wonderful vendors.

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Jack Knife Sharpening will get your knives ready for the holidays!

You make the market thrive with your enthusiastic participation! We’ll be back June 3, 2017 with delicious produce and meat from the best farms in the area, breads and baked goods, artisan New York State Cheese, local honey, pickles, olive oil, spices and salt, local craft beer, New York State wine/cider/bourbon, new rotating vendors, weekly live music, face painting, children’s art, and juggling lessons!

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Eight Mile Creek Certified Organic Farm

Everyone will be on the block this week so stock up.

We’ll miss you. See you next year!

PickleLicious
DoReMe Farms
Three Petite Madeleine
Cooperstown Cheese
Eight Mile Creek
Fi-Dough
Will-YUM Spice
Mozzarella 4U
Suds & Suds – Ferrari Beer and Vita Pulita Soap

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Suds and Suds Ferrari Beer and Vita Pulita Soap

Wright’s Farm
Hudson River Apiaries
Meredith’s Bread
Arch River Farm
Rolling Ridge Farm
Bread Alone
Healthway Farm
Jack Knife Sharpening

 

Get Fresh! Nov 12th

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Only two more market days until the end of the season. Get your knives sharpened, and stock up on spices and seasonings to help you get ready for holiday meals!

will-yum-holiday-setsThe WillYUM Spice 2016 Holiday Collection should be on everyone’s holiday lisst this year. It’s priced at $15 per set, buy 5 sets and get one free for the month of November. They’ll be available at the Peekskill Farmer’s Market November 12th, November 19th, and online while supplies last.

The Holiday Collection consist of three 2 oz. glass spice jars pre-packaged in a gourmet window box. It includes our best selling Jalapeno Seasoning Salt and introduces two new spice blends that will be added to our full size offerings in 2017.

Our Jalapeno Seasoning Salt is a premium blend of Sea Salt, Dehydratred Jalapeno Flakes, Black Pepper, Mexican Oregano and a subtle hint of Garlic. It can be used on just about any dish. We are happy to introduce the Salt Free options of Chipotle Paprika and Savory Garlic & Herb.

Wild Sea Salts R-L: Dandelion, Cedar Berry, Stinging Nettles and Sumac

This week Wild Sea Salt will be joining the market. What if every sprinkle had less sodium, but more vitamins and minerals? What if the salt you use is local to this country? Whether you’ve begun your mission to lower salt intake, or are just looking for a really cool seasoning for your culinary creations, you will find everything you want and more with Wild Sea Salt. It is truly a salt made for health. Take some time to get to know Chef Lisa and the reason Wild Sea Salt was created.

 

PickleLicious
DoReMe Farms
Three Petite Madeleines
Cooperstown Cheese
Eight Mile Creek
Fi-Dough
Will-YUM Spice
Mozzarella 4U
Suds & Suds – Ferrari Beer and Vita Pulita Soap – Back next week
Wright’s Farm
Hudson River Apiaries
Meredith’s Bread
Arch River Farm
Rolling Ridge Farm
Bread Alone – Back next week
Healthway Farm
Jack Knife Sharpening
Wild Sea Salt

Get Fresh! November 5th

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Thanks to everyone who took a guess, but market shopper John came closest to the actual weight of the giant pumpkin within 3 lbs. He and his daughter took home a box of market goodies. That massive squash weighed 347 lbs! Our thanks to Rolling Ridge Farm for growing and transporting this year’s contest pumpkin. Let’s do it again next year!

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Clean Ridge Soap

Only three more Saturdays until the end of the season and this week (the first Saturday of the month) is the last visit for Clean Ridge Soap until June 2017. Make sure you come down to Bank Street and stock up!

PickleLicious
DoReMe Farms
Three Petite Madeleines
Cooperstown Cheese
Eight Mile Creek
Fi-Dough
Will-YUM Spice – Back at the market on November 12th
Mozzarella 4U
Suds & Suds – Ferrari Beer and Vita Pulita Soap – Back at the market on November 12th
Wright’s Farm
Hudson River Apiaries
Meredith’s Bread
Arch River Farm
Rolling Ridge Farm
Bread Alone
Healthway Farm
Jack Knife Sharpening

Get Fresh! October 29th

Halloween Party this Saturday! Guess the weight of the giant pumpkin and win a basket of market goodies. Brendon Fitzgerald, and Peg Taylor were last year’s winners coming closest to the actual weight of the enormous squash. Our thanks to Rolling Ridge Farm for bringing the pumpkin!

Here are pics from last year’s event.

This week’s vendors:

PickleLicious
DoReMe Farms
Three Petite Madeleines
Cooperstown Cheese
Eight Mile Creek
Fi-Dough
Will-YUM Spice
Mozzarella 4U
Suds & Suds – Ferrari Beer and Vita Pulita Soap – the Ferrari’s are back on the block!
Wright’s Farm
Hudson River Apiaries
Meredith’s Bread
Arch River Farm
Rolling Ridge Farm
Bread Alone
Healthway Farm
Jack Knife Sharpening