POUND RIDGE, N.Y. – For the Harvey family, making the drive from their Chappaqua home to the Antiques & Farmers Holiday Market in Pound Ridge has become a summer ritual.
“We come on Memorial Day and the Fourth of July and we will be back on Labor Day,” said Cecily Harvey, who was at the market on the Fourth of July with her husband David and daughter Elissa.
She said she didn’t know exactly what sort of treasure the family was looking for, but they’d know it when they saw it. They’d already purchased a wicker basket, some earrings, and a small enamel pail.
“We are eclectic collectors,” Harvey said. “We just love the variety here and the vendors are so nice. We are so happy that the weather held. We think Scotts Corners is a special place.”
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the market, which is held in the Scotts Corner business district every Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. It’s held on holidays so not to interfere with businesses in the area. Antiques vendors and area farmers and growers line Westchester Avenue offering an eclectic array of merchandise to shoppers like the Harveys who stroll from booth to booth looking for that hidden treasure or tasty treat.
The event is sponsored by the Pound Ridge Business Association and was the brainchild of Joan Silbersher, who owns Antiques & Tools of Business & Kitchen. Silbersher explained that the event started as just an antiques fair, but when the economy began to slow in the mid-2000s, people stopped spending on antiques and the market began to dry up. The idea to add farmers and similar vendors was launched several years ago and the crowds started to return. The market now boasts as many as 40 vendors.
Erica Haba of Au Ciel Antique Studios in Black Rock, Conn., is one of those vendors. She’s a traveling antiques dealer who does shows from New England to Florida to Texas, but always makes sure to include the Pound Ridge event in her itinerary.
“We do all three of the shows here and have been doing that for seven or eight years now,” she said. “It’s quiet and relaxing with lots of shade and the people are very friendly.”
Hada’s booth featured French country furniture with original old paint, 19th century baskets, Limoges porcelain and Barbola mirrors.
“I sell a lot of stuff here,” she said.
But it’s not just antiques and collectibles that visitors to the market will find. There’s plenty of produce, meats, and cheeses as well. Pound Ridge resident James Hibler was selling is own energy drink brew, Kombucha.
“It’s a healthy energy drink, not full of junk,” he said. “It has probiotics and enzymes.”
Hibler said he started drinking Kombucha as a way to replace the coffee in his diet and soon discovered he could make his own.
“It’s a simple recipe,” he said. “It’s a live drink. It has a living culture that is combined with black tea and cane sugar and then fermented”
Hibler said he launched the product at the Pound Ridge Harvest last fall and now sells it at a small food co-op in New Jersey. He attended his first Antiques & Farmers Holiday Market this past Memorial Day.
“We sold out,” he said.