April 27, 2009, Press Release: Sullivan County Farmers’ Markets Opens May 3, 2009 in Callicoon- Celebrates Spring Ramp Festival




Media Contact:

Mary C. Gruszka

Market Manager

Phone: 845-292-6180 x115

e-mail: [email protected]sullivancountyfarmersmarkets.org

Sullivan County Farmers’ Markets Association

c/o Cornell Cooperative Extension

64 Ferndale Loomis Road

Liberty, NY 12754




For Immediate Release


Sullivan County Farmers’ Markets Opens 2009 Season May 3 in Callicoon

Market Celebrates Spring as Part of Ramp Festival


Callicoon, NY-April 27, 2009  - Sullivan County Farmers’ Markets opens its 2009 season Sunday, May 3 in Callicoon. The Callicoon market operates Sundays, rain or shine, from May 3 through November 29, 11 am to 2 pm, and is located at the Callicoon Creek Park on Audley Dorrer Drive near the bridge over the Delaware River. Parking is readily available.


"We will have a good selection of vendors at the first market of the season with the number growing as the season progresses," said Mary C. Gruszka, the new farmers’ market manager. "Customers can expect to find farm fresh produce, artisan cheeses, poultry, meats, eggs, baked goods, milk, quiches, maple products, plants, and dog treats."


As part of its Ramp Festival weekend, Slow Foods Upper Delaware River Valley, will set up an information tent at the Callicoon farmers’ market.


"We’re going to give away ramps with planting instructions, and information about what type of area that ramps will do well in," said Joseph Lennon, Leader, Slow Foods Upper Delaware River Valley. "We will have a ramp cookbook available with updated recipes from last year."


The group will also sell sustainable tote bags with the ramp logo which customers can then fill up with offerings from the market vendors.  "We will also talk about our mission as a local chapter of Slow Foods, which is how to grow, process, and enjoy our food," Lennon said.


As the market closes at 2 pm, the Ramp Festival continues with a Ramp Tramp which starts at the market and continues to an undisclosed location. The Ramp Tramp will be led by naturalist, herbalist, teacher, and wild food forager Nathaniel Whitmore, from Honesdale, PA, who will show how to identify, locate, and sustainably harvest ramps. Slow Foods suggests that participants wear boots.


Sullivan County Farmers’ Markets continue its market season with the opening of the Liberty market on May 8, the Roscoe market on May 10, and the Jeffersonville market on June 11.


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