Get Fresh! July 20th

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We are super happy to report that Jack Knife Sharpening will be back at the market this week! Remember to bring your knives! And scissors, and all manner of blades. Jack tells me that he is thrilled to be in Peekskill and that we have the nicest shoppers around. But of course, that is common knowledge!

Also returning are rotating vendors Suds & Suds – Ferrari Beer and Vita Pulita Soap, and specialty ground spices from Will-YUM spice company.

We have water bowls for your doggies because we are dog friendly farmers’ market.Will-YUM

PickleLicious
DoReMe Farms
Three Petite Madeleines
Cooperstown Cheese
Eight Mile Creek
Fi-Dough
Suds & Suds – Ferrari Beer and Vita Pulita Soap
Romarsi Pesto
Healthway Farm
Will-YUM
Wright’s Farm
Edenesque
Hudson River Apiaries
Meredith’s Bread


2015-07-11 10.12.20Arch River Farm
Rolling Ridge Farm
Bread Alone

 

 

 

 

 

Get Fresh! August 13th

Come on out to Bank Street tomorrow!

August 20th – next week – get your favorite beer for a hot summer day from Ferrari Beer and get clean with Vita Pulita Soap. That dynamic duo – Suds & Suds, will be back on the block.

This week at the market:

PickleLicious
DoReMe Farms
Three Petite Madeleines
Cooperstown Cheese – out this week. Bob will back next week August 20
Eight Mile Creek
Fi-Dough
Suds & Suds – Ferrari Beer and Vita Pulita Soap – Back August 20
Romarsi Pesto
Will-YUM Specialty ground spices are back August 20
Wright’s Farm
Edenesque
Hudson River Apiaries
Meredith’s Bread
Arch River Farm
Rolling Ridge Farm
Bread Alone
Healthway Farm
Jack Knife Sharpening

 

Get Fresh! August 6

1. Marcy B. Freedman at the Farmers Market resizedLast week was enormous fun! Steve Chizmadia sang to us, and Marcy B. Freedman interacted with us. The Peekskill Farmers’ Market draws the most creative, fun, upbeat people I have ever met. Here is a report from Marcy on her day at the market, with terrific photos by Gene Panczenko. Thank you Marcy for sharing your wit, and your love of interactive performances with the Peekskill Farmers’ Market.

This week’s vendors listed below.2. Marcy B. Freedman and fruit chopping assistant Maureen Guardino at Free Fruit resized

 

Free Fruit: an interactive performance about freedoms – by Marcy B. Freedman

When Corinna Makris invited me to perform at the Peekskill Farmers’ Market, I jumped at the chance. After all, my past experience as a performance artist at the market had been very positive.

4. Marcy B. Freedman with a participant in Free Fruit resizedNow, I should explain what I mean by the term “performance artist.” You see, a performance artist is not a singer or a dancer or an actor or an instrumental musician, although some performance artists do incorporate elements of these art forms into their work. Generally speaking, a performance artist is someone who does something non-traditional in front of an audience. For example, back in 2010, a very famous performance artist sat in the atrium of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, silently staring at anyone who chose to sit across from her. She did this for hours and hours a day for a period of three months, sitting with more than 1500 participants!

In my own performance work, I focus upon language. In some cases, I prepare a scripted monologue, and I stand before a seated audience. More often, I communicate directly with members of the3. Marcy B. Freedman and Ted Taylor at Free Fruit resized public — engaging in one-on-one, face-to-face conversations. My primary motivation for this type of work is my desire to remind people of the power and beauty of old-fashioned conversation – without cell phones or computers!

For my appearance on July 30, 2016 at the Peekskill Farmers’ Market I decided to chat about the United States of America. I dressed up as the Statue of Liberty, a powerful symbol of “the land of the free.” I promised to give free fruit to anyone willing to respond to my requests: “First, name one freedom that you are happy to enjoy in this country and then, name one important freedom that is lacking here.” During a period of three hours, I interacted with more than 30 participants.

Repeatedly, I found that people had no trouble whatsoever thinking of a freedom currently available in the United States, and they were able to state their opinion quickly. Commonly cited were freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and the freedom to vote. On the other hand, almost everyone found it rather difficult to specify a freedom that is missing from our lives, pausing to think before speaking up. To be sure, eventually, everyone was able to think of something that they would like to change about our imperfect nation. Indeed, I am personally dissatisfied by many aspects of our contemporary situation.

5. Marcy B. Freedman and three participants resizedNevertheless, I did feel a great sense of pride and gratitude that I had the freedom to address the pros and cons of our county in a public space, without fear of recrimination of any serious sort!

Warmest thanks to Corinna for the opportunity and to all of the participants for their willingness to reflect upon and talk about important matters.

(Note: One can discover many additional fascinating examples of performance art by studying the history of modern and contemporary art.)

 

This week at the market:

Clean Ridge Soap

Clean Ridge Soap

It’s the first of the month so make sure you come clean up on products from Clean RidgeSoap Company!

Clean Ridge Soap Company
PickleLicious

DoReMe Farms
Three Petite Madeleines
Cooperstown Cheese
Eight Mile Creek
Fi-Dough
Suds & Suds – Ferrari Beer and Vita Pulita Soap – Returning next week August 13
Romarsi Pesto
Will-YUM Specialty ground spices are back August 20
Wright’s Farm
Edenesque
Hudson River Apiaries
Meredith’s Bread
Arch River Farm
Rolling Ridge Farm
Bread Alone
Healthway Farm
Stone Age Winery
Jeneric Bags
Jack Knife Sharpening

Non-profit table: NAACP – Peekskill Chapter

New vendors at the market – July 30

EVNYThis week we welcome two new vendors. Remember to bring your knives to the market this week and next – Jack Knife Sharpening will be set up right next to Rolling Ridge Farm sharpening all your blades.

One of our market shoppers is Liz Oliveto. She is the Director of Extraordinary Ventures New York (EVNY). Please view the video at the bottom of the page to learn more about EVNY.

Here are 8 Questions for Liz Oliveto:

As a resident of Peekskill and a loyal shopper at the Peekskill Farmers’ Market I am very excited for this opportunity to be a part of the market this Saturday. I cannot wait to introduce EVNY to the market shoppers and my community.

1. Can you tell our market shoppers more about the EVNY program?

Extraordinary Ventures New York (EVNY) was established
in 2015 for the purpose of creating small businesses that are specifically geared to the unique skills of adults with autism and other developmental disabilities.

2. When did you become the Director and what does your work entail?

I have been with EVNY since last fall, working on a part time basis as the Sales Development Director. I have been the Director of EVNY since June. I am always looking for new opportunities to introduce our employees and candles to the public. I also recruit and train adults to assemble and sell our candles at various venues in Westchester County. I work with a fantastic and supportive team, I look forward to doing my job every day!

3. What kinds of candles will you have for sale?

We sell our candles seasonally. This summer we are selling citronella candles which are packaged in a beautiful patriotic theme and are great for keeping the bugs away at BBQ’s and outdoor events. We also have pomegranate and citron scented candles, packaged for gift giving or to keep for yourself! In the fall and winter we will have different seasonally scented and packaged candles for sale. Follow us on Facebook to watch for new scents and designs!

4. What kinds of job skills do your employees learn?

Our team of adults with autism participates in all aspects of the candle making process: unpacking supplies, assembly, packaging and delivery of the candles. They are also salespeople for their product: unpacking, setting up sale tables, promoting their products and engaging customers. Our employees also assemble our EVNY literature. Taking pride in their accomplishment and the satisfaction they achieve is priceless.

5. Can you tell us something about the EVNY employees who will be at the table this Saturday?

Avery will be our salesman on Saturday. Avery is a real “people person” and he will do a fantastic job engaging our customers and selling our candles.

6. What is the best way to find out if someone might benefit from participating in your program?

Anyone interested in working for us, joining our mailing list or donating to EVNY can contact me at:

Elizabeth Oliveto (Liz)
Director, Extraordinary Ventures New York
P.O. Box 3
Mt. Kisco, NY 10549
(914) 864-0505
liz@evny.org

You can visit us at www.evny.org or follow us on Facebook.

7. What is the most gratifying thing about your work?

This is an easy question! I absolutely love the time I spend with my employees. Watching an employee learn a new job, succeed at it and be proud of the work they did is everything to me. I get so much gratification working with our employees, they give so much to me.

8. What goals do you have for EVNY’s future growth?

We are growing every day!! Providing employment opportunities for more adults with autism is always a priority. We are working to sell our candles at more sales and events this year. EVNY will being selling our candles online in the coming months. We are also expanding to offer our candles at private events: weddings, baby showers, corporate and private events. We can design a candle that is suited for your unique event.

We hope to open a second business, Extraordinary Ventures Office Essentials. Our employees will provide solutions to support small businesses including a mail assembly service, shredding and much more.

The sky is the limit!

 

Extraordinary Ventures NY from Trailhead Films on Vimeo.

Get Fresh! July 30

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New vendors and two performances this week!

Local singer/songwriter Steve Chizmadia will perform from 10am – 12pm. Steve is an Americana artist. He’s a story teller in the folk/country tradition with roots in classic pop and rock. He performs regularly in New York City, the Hudson Valley area, and at the Peekskill Farmers’ Market.

Two new vendors are coming this week. Jack Knife Sharpening will be at the market this week, July 30 and also next week August 3rd. Bring your blades! His table will be right next to Rolling Ridge Farm.

Also coming this week with handmade candles is Extraordinary Ventures New York – EVNY provides employment opportunities for men and women with autism and other developmental disabilities through the creation of small businesses. On Thursday we’ll be posting an interview with EVNY Director Liz Oliveto who is also a frequent market shopper.

We welcome local artist Marcy B. Freedman with an interactive performance. Back in the summer of 2014, Marcy B. Freedman did a one-on-one, face to face interactive performance at the Peekskill Farmers’ Market called “I pay cash for a good joke.” The artist reports that it was a positive experience for her, and she hopes, for members of the public who received a dollar bill when they shared a joke with her. Now, she is planning to have a different interaction with Saturday shoppers on July 30, 2016 from 9am to noon.

For her new piece, entitled “FREE FRUIT: An interactive performance about freedoms,” Freedman will purchase fruit from the market vendors and share it with those willing to chat with her about a particular topic: the freedoms that we currently enjoy in this country and those freedoms that we might seek to acquire such as Free Speech, Free Public Education, Free Health Care, and more. Following our first week of the Peekskill Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program where we also gave out free fruit and veggie samples. We like to feed you!

Nutrition Tent 23july2016 001Our thanks to HRHCare Community Health & Hudson Community Health Alliance, and the Cornell Cooperative Extension, “Eat Smart New York Hudson Valley,” for the first monthly nutrition tent. Many shoppers took advantage of the free blood pressure screening, and pre-diabetes checklist. We all enjoyed food samples and recipes. We look forward to their next visit on August 27th.

This week at the market:Nutrition Tent 23july2016 002

PickleLicious
DoReMe Farms
Three Petite Madeleines
Cooperstown Cheese – Out on July 30th but back next week on September 6th
Eight Mile Creek
Fi-Dough
Suds & Suds – Ferrari Beer and Vita Pulita Soap
Romarsi Pesto
Will-YUM
Wright’s Farm
Edenesque
Hudson River Apiaries – Back on September 6th
Meredith’s Bread
Arch River Farm
Rolling Ridge Farm
Bread Alone
Healthway Farm
Extraordinary Ventures New York
Jack Knife Sharpening