Pelham farmers market success for local businesses and residents

In a small community like Pelham, running a small business is already an impressive feat. Now, well over two months under strict quarantine regulations, local establishments have risen to adapt during these unprecedented times. As Westchester prepares to enter phase one of reopening, the Chamber of Commerce  joined with local businesses on Sunday to host Pelham’s first farmers market.

Residents who visited the farmers market had the opportunity to enjoy the business of nine local and popular vendors, all recognizable by those who attended the annual Wolf’s Walk in September. In attendance was Blessed Brew, Cantina Lobos, MAC’s Food Truck, Mikey Dubb’s Frozen Custard, Tig & Peach, Patty Pops, Pelham Strong, Richard’s Gift Shop, The Garden Room, and Vincent’s Fine Jewelry. Many in the community took the opportunity to safely support these establishments while enjoying the precious time outside. Social distancing was apparent and regulated: vendors were wearing masks and gloves, customers also wore masks while remaining apart, and the entrance to the market carefully regulated the influx of people. 

 As some residents pointed out, there were no local farms in attendance on Sunday. One of the organizers, Amy Cole, explains, “The fully volunteer-run Chamber of Commerce reached out to over 20 farms in the region to try to get them to join us at our first market. Unfortunately, farmers have also been hit hard by the pandemic and many are doing anything they can to stay afloat so adding a farmers market to their schedule is not necessarily an option. The good news is that we have established relationships with many regional farms as well as with local cheese makers, fisheries, and more.” If the Chamber  decides to host another market, they hope to introduce these farms to the community.  

Many visitors expressed a desire to attend future markets, as the experience helps local businesses and provides a safe and controlled sense of normalcy for all.