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Pound Ridge Farmer's Market Produces

POUND RIDGE, N.Y. – On Sunday, the sky was overcast, the air was muggy and it had rained most of the morning. But the vendors and the customers at the Pound Ridge Farmer's Market on Westchester Avenue in Scotts Corners were undaunted.

“The weather doesn’t matter,” said John Yubaldo, owner of John Boy Farm in Cambridge, N.Y. and a regular vendor at the market. “It’s summertime and this is pretty big.”

The market is hosted by Joan Silbersher, proprietor of Antiques & Tools of Business & Kitchen, who devised the event as a way to draw people to the town’s business district. She said market has succeeded in doing exactly that.

“Basically, we’ve been problem free,” she said. “The shoppers are happy and the business people are happy.”

The market runs from April through November and Silbersher said the 2011 version has been a success so far.

“It’s been doing well,” she said. “We have good continuity with the vendors.”

Yubaldo said that half of his customers come to him to complete their weekly shopping and place their orders a head of time. He said people are anxious for tomatoes, which are just starting to come in. What tomatoes he did have were gone before noon.

Blueberries have also been popular and with the season winding down, Yubaldo said they’ve been one of his top sellers.

“I don’t even know how many quarts we sold,” he said.

John Boy Farm also raises cattle and prepares its own beef for sale at the market.

“We sell a lot of our Black Angus beef and tons of eggs,” Yubaldo said. “It’s all from our farm. I raise all my pigs and cattle on feed that we grow on the farm.

On Sunday, Yubaldo had his two nieces helping out, and sweet corn, melons, peaches and arugula were also topping the best seller list.

“We are also out of arugula,” he said. “Someone just came and wiped us out.”

At the Maura & Nuccia Italian Artisan Dessert, both owner Mauriza Riso and her assistant Michael Smokler were busy handing out samples of their pies, tarts and biscotti. The strategy resulted in brisk sales.

Riso explained that her business, based in Tarrytown, does not have a retail shop but instead relies on sales to retailers and farmers markets. Her biscotti are carried by Bloomingdales.

“These are European desserts that are low in sugar and calories,” Smokler said. “Mauriza uses unbleached flour and they’re baked the way they do it in Florence. All the recipes come from her mom.”

One recipe, however, came from her aunt: the biscotti.

“That recipe is 100 years old,” Smokler said. “She got it from her aunt who was a nun in Assissi.”

The Pound Ridge Farmer's Market is held every Sunday on Westchester Avenue, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through November. For more information, call Silbersher at (914) 764-0015.

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