By Alberto Gilman
Residents of New Windsor and the surrounding area came together for an afternoon of fresh produce and cooked food, homemade goods, town information and camaraderie at New Windsor Town
Hall for the town’s inaugural farmer’s market.
The market, held on the town hall grounds near the gazebo, kicked off at 10 in the morning and vendors welcomed residents and visitors who brought their children and pets and browsed the various booths. Residents also collected town information from the clerk’s table led by Town Clerk Kelly Allegra and Deputy Town Clerk Jeanmarie Faraone.
During the day, Terence Pologe of Go Goats Milk offered several samples of goat cheese to the customers who stopped by his tent. A fig flavored goat cheese had already sold out before the end of the market. For Pologe, he was happy to be here for the inaugural market and was grateful for the smooth setup process by the market organizers. He looks forward to returning to New Windsor next year when they have a market again. “It’s been a great day so far. Weather’s really turning out to be great,” said Pologe. “Getting really good turnout here. I’m right by two barbecue spots. So it smells great right over here.”
Though it was a warmer day, the fall season has made its way to the area and several days are colder than others which is where Salas Handmade comes in and offers several hand knit or hand woven hats, scarves and other accessories. Salas Handmade was a first time vendor at the market led by Mildred Salas, Millicent Lopez and Aluna Skye. “The people [at the market] are just lovely,” said Salas.
According to Salas, similar to Pologe, the setup process was also very easy and it was Councilwoman Sylvia Santiago who had discovered them and asked them to come and be a part of the inaugural event. Salas looks to return to New Windsor next year should the market happen again.
Daniel and Gina Olsen along with their children Spencer and Hunter manned their booth at Gina Marie’s Apothecary. The business idea came about starting as a hobby for Gina and soon she created a product that would be helpful and more comfortable for the skin. Thus the idea for a business formed and Gina Marie’s Apothecary was founded. For both Daniel and Gina, they were happy to be spending the day with their children and to be out in their community meeting new people.
“It’s just nice to be outside on a beautiful day and meet people in the community. And also, you know, when you meet new people, you can find out, what their interests are and what they’re doing,” said Daniel. “Just that sense of continuity and connection that’s really nice.
Other vendors at the market included the Tumeric Store, Spice Of Life Baked Goods, Trapani Farms, Blend, Z4ZERO Farm, The Diva Gardener, Tony’s Pickles, Artsy Chicos Paint Club, Carol’s Crafts, Applewood Smokehouse and Fran’s Emporium who were highlighted on the town website for people to learn more about their business and products.
The inaugural market was made possible through the efforts of Councilwoman Santiago who also recognized Recreation Director Matt Veronesi, Councilwoman Eve Lincoln, Keith Bedetti and the Buildings and Grounds Department and other town officials for their work and contributions. With this market concluded, the decision to host another market next year will be discussed going forward.