By Michelle Gillan Larkin
If you consider yourself a farmers market junkie like I do, then you have your favorite, and it’s one of the bright spots in your weekend. For me, it’s the Pleasantville Farmers Market, and Saturday morning wouldn’t be the same without it. In my eyes, it’s got the best of everything: organic produce, fresh fruit, live music, friendly faces. Not to mention chocolate-covered waffles and frozen fruit pops that keep both husband and child happy while I slowly stroll the stands. Mommy and ME time at its finest.
But then a little birdie chirped something in my ear: There’s a really great farmers market in Irvington that might give the Pleasantville one a run for its money. And it’s on Sunday, so you can hit both!
Well, that’s just what I did. Let me tell you, the competition was fierce. Here’s how the two stacked up.
With my nose in the air (to take in all the wonderful smells, of course), I walked into the Irvington Farmers Market pretty confident it wouldn’t hold a candle to my market. The first thing I saw stopped me in my tracks. It was Dough Nation, a wood-fired pizza truck.
Well, that’s different, I thought. Oh, and pizza with eggs on it. A nice touch, as it’s hard to scrape together a real breakfast at the Pleasantville market. But wait a minute, $12 to $14 for a personal pie?! That’s at least five bucks more than the bulging, out-of-this-world sandwich I never miss from the falafel guy in Pleasantville. But look at that bubbling cheese and crispy dough! Oh, this was a tough one. I’m not sure who came out on top here.
Moving on, I did a quick scan for something to please the aforementioned husband and child. No waffles or frozen fruit in sight, but homemade, old-fashioned ice cream push pops looked like a sure thing for my son, while my husband was able to get himself a cup of coffee, something we can’t do in Pleasantville. Oh, and look, breakfast burritos. The race got tighter. I dabbed my brow.
Next, I decided to shop as if I were at my home market, comparing selection and prices. Ah, kale. $4 a bunch? I pay a dollar in Pleasantville. Butter crisp lettuce: $2 a head. That’s the same at both. Strawberries and blueberries: $3 per box; Irvington was cheaper. Tomatoes: About the same.
And on it went. In the end, I wound up shelling out just as much, while taking home all my farmers market favorites, and then some.
Before leaving, I stepped back and looked at the market from a distance. It was a very nice setup in Irvington, but about a quarter of the size of Pleasantville’s sprawling arrangement. Still, there was a lot to take in, and more than enough ways to empty my wallet. And I was able to do so to the tunes of a live band, surrounded by friendly faces, and a happy family. A win-win in my book, as I now have a Saturday and Sunday morning market to look forward to from here on out.
Pleasantville Farmers Market, Memorial Plaza (moves indoors mid November); Saturdays, 8:30 am to 1 pm.
Irvington Farmers Market, Main Street School parking lot (moves indoors mid November); Sundays, 9 am to 2 pm.