Guest Market: White Plains Farmers Market in the Paris Tradition
You know how romantic it is to stroll through the lovely food and farmers markets in Paris? The family-owned company that has run those markets for generations, The Bensidoun Group, also puts on several markets here in the US. Their flagship venue is the Chicago French Market, and they also run several other local farmers markets in Illinois, Michigan, and New York. I met brothers Pascal and Sebastien Bensidoun through my research and writing about markets and my passion for Paris.
They have run the mid-week White Plains Farmers Market for several years, and I went to Opening Day on May 11th. Based on the model of the traditional Parisian outdoor markets, this farmers market is the perfect place to pick up a fresh, healthy lunch and to buy local, delicious ingredients to take home for dinner.
These two photo galleries include some of the wonderful farmers. local food purveyors, and artisanal product makers that can be found at this market each week:
The White Plains Farmers Market
Mead Orchards in Tivoli, NY
Rolling Ridge Farm in Mifflinburg, PA
Mirabelle Cheese Shop’s Market Cafe: Cheese on Wheels
Big Girl Baking Co.
Westchester Greenhouses and Farm
If you can’t make it to Paris for the weekend, maybe a bunch of apple blossoms, a taste of soft cheese, some fresh bread, and a tub of plump strawberries will transport you, even if it’s just for your lunch break.
The White Plains Farmers Market is right downtown on Court Street between Main Street and Martine Avenue and every Wednesday from 11AM to 4PM through November 30, 2011. [nggallery id=91]
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