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Mission Statement

photoTo provide the community with fresh, local produce (within 200 miles) direct from field to table.
To support the local merchants of Irvington by increasing downtown foot traffic.
To bring together Irvington friends and neighbors in a friendly, vibrant gathering place.

Market management

Market director Pascale Le Draoulec has been eating fresh & local since she was a kid growing up in California and her French expat parents would routinely take her foraging for watercress and snails for dinner. No surprise, she went on to become a newspaper food writer in the Bay Area, after a stint living on a farm in France, then a James Beard Award-winning restaurant critic in NYC. Since 2007 she has been running farmer’s markets in Westchester. In addition to Irvington, she also runs the Hastings, Chappaqua, Bronxville and New York Botanical Gardens Farmer’s Markets. She is the author of “American Pie: Slices of Life (and Pie) from America’s Back Roads” (Harper/Collins).

Rose T. Ellis, on-site manager at the Irvington & Chappaqua Markets, practically ran the food services department for the entire Montana school system before moving to New York.  For the last 15 years the unflappable Rose has worked as a personal chef and is a certified dietitian. She is a farmer’s market junkie, having visited every farmer’s market from in the Tri-State area – and then some.

You can ask Rose how to cook or prepare anything. Even kohlrabi.

Committee Members

Suzie Fromer
Suzie is currently supervising the efforts of the Irvington Farmers Market committee members to keep the now year-round market running smoothly. A dedicated home cook and gluten-free baker, Suzie is also a food allergy and OIT advocate and public speaker. She co-runs FoodAllergyNY, a food allergy support group in the NYC metro area and is on the membership committee for the new Rivertowns Chamber of Commerce.

Eli Halliwell
Eli has started and/or run several companies; one of his biggest achievements was helping bring Bumble and bumble University to life. Currently he is Chairman and CEO of Hairstory, a haircare product company dedicated to helping people rethink everything about hair in a world where the old rules don’t apply. Eli is a longtime Irvington resident, having been born and raised here.

Matthew Kamin, P.E.
Matthew is a managing director and principal at Hillmann Consulting, where he runs the company’s Construction Risk Management Division.

Hilary Levy Chenel
Hilary is in charge of sponsorship and donations for the farmers market. She is also a real estate sales agent at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Dobbs Ferry.

Kate Sonders Solomon
Kate is a cooking instructor who dabbles in food writing. She is also an avid cake enthusiast. Kate regularly teachers children’s cooking classes at The Little Red, Harper’s and Saint George Bistro, as well as private classes for children and adults. Kate is a co-founder of Rivertown Public Market, a new open-air food market, and is an Irvington Education Foundation board member.

Amy Ziff
Amy has served as the founder & chief capidealist at veritey, the co-founder of Jetsetter and the creative director at gilt.com. Currently, she is the founder and CEO at MADE SAFE, a nonprofit organization that provides the U.S.’s first comprehensive human health-focused certification for nontoxic products from personal care to household. MADE SAFE’s goal is to change the way products are made in this country and ideally to ultimately eliminate the use of toxic chemicals altogether.

Sponsors

The Irvington Farmers Market thanks our generous sponsors: