Warwick Farmers Market officially opened Sunday, May 13


Photo by Roger GavanThe Warwick Farmers Market opened Sunday, May 13, celebrating its 25th anniversary. Pictured from left to right are: Warwick Mayor Michael Newhard, Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce Board members Wayne Paterson and Kim Starks, Market Manager Penny Steyer, Market Chair Jack Hillery (cutting ribbon), farmers market vendors and representatives Amanda Steng and Chuck Cambareri and Town of Warwick Deputy Supervisor James Gerstner.

WARWICK — The weather forecast was for rain and it was cloudy on Sunday morning, May 13.
But at 9 a.m. Town of Warwick Deputy Supervisor James Gerstner, Mayor Michael Newhard and members of the Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce joined officers and vendors of the Warwick Farmers Market to celebrate its official opening for the season with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
And in honor of the fact that this was the market's 25th or silver anniversary, the organizers selected a silver ribbon.
In spite of the poor weather, an enthusiastic number of visitors, who were also celebrating Mothers' Day, came out that day to select fresh local farm products.
Four years ago, the Warwick Farmer's Market, which for many years opened on the same day as the annual Duck Derby, began opening one week earlier.
The Duck Derby will be held this Sunday, May 20.
Most of the 30 veteran and new vendors who signed up for the season were stationed as usual to offer a wide variety of farm-fresh produce, meats, prepared foods, jams, jellies, baked goods and pastries, flowers, plants, honey, maple syrup, wine and soaps.
Situated in the South Street Parking lot the Market showcases many of the region's finest local farmers and producers who offer a variety of conventional, organic and certified naturally grown produce and fruits.
Mushrooms, chickens, eggs and sausages are also some of the delicacies found at the market every Sunday rain or shine.
The Warwick Valley Farmers Market is open Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. now through late November.
For additional information visit www.warwickvalleyfarmersmarket.org.
- Roger Gavan