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New Rochelle Farmers Market Offers Fresh Picks

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – The city’s farmers market opened to a hot start Friday, bringing in throngs of people looking for fresh foods ranging from vegetables to cheeses to pies.

The sale opened at 11 a.m. Friday in front of the New Rochelle Public Library, where it will be held each Friday throughout the summer. The market features fresh pies, fruits, vegetables, artisanal cheeses, jams and fresh-baked bread.

Terry Glatz had trouble deciding between an apple crumb pie and a strawberry-rhubarb pie offered by Meredith’s Bakery, a small Kingston-based bakery.

“I’m just looking everything over,” said Glatz, who eventually opted for a strawberry-rhubarb pie. “It’s a beautiful day for this.”

Venders said they were pleased with the opening day turnout. Stefan Fink, who hails from a small farm upstate, sold colorful cheeses, milk and churned butter.

“We run the gamut on dairy,” he said.

Fink represents a small farm of 60 cows that practices homesteading, which is the practice of self-sufficiency and small farming. He said his dairy is one of 11 in New York State that still participates in homesteading.

Ernesto Acebedo and Nancy Ramos sold a selection of vegetables that are common in Latin American cooking, such as cilantro, radishes, onions and beats.

Shoppers were pleased with the selection and how fresh all the offerings were. Karen McDonald breathed in the fresh-smelling red apples at Alex’s Tomatoes.

“The quality is good,” she said. “Everything looks lovely.”

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