about

Mission Statement

  • To 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,  Morning Glory Markets

Pascale 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
Before moving to NY, Rose was a Food and Nutrition Director for a school district, president of Montana School Food Services Association and worked a variety of restaurant positions. She’s a Columbia University certified well-being coach and has also worked as a nanny, personal chef, nutrition and wellness educator and consultant. As she approaches ten years as the on-site manager of both the Irvington and Chappaqua markets, one of Rose’s favorite things has been watching “market babies” (shoppers’ and vendors’ children) grow up healthy and happy!

Committee Members

Lauren Billings
Community Outreach Chair
Lauren will be taking over the scheduling of our very active community table, which is always in high demand. An educator, Lauren spent the last few years working in CT before returning to teach in Westchester. She enjoys cooking and traveling in her spare time. Her favorite thing about shopping at the market is supporting local businesses and listening to the live entertainment with her family.

Katherine Cain
New Market Growth
Katherine Cain received her masters degree in Journalism from the Newhouse School of Communications and spent over a decade working in PR, both in agencies and then in-house at Gap Inc, managing the New York PR for the Old Navy brand. She currently spends her days taking care of her four year old daughter and one year old son, writing articles for The Hudson Independent, and serving on the Irvington Woods Committee. Katherine looks forward to eating the breakfast pizza every Sunday at the Farmers Market, with a sugar-covered apple cider donut and Penny Lick ice cream push pop for dessert.

Melinda Chappelear
Marketing and Communications Chair
Melinda has worked in marketing and internal communications for public relations firms in Chicago, Hong Kong and Tokyo. She also helped write and produce a fair trade fashion catalogue for People Tree UK. She has a chef’s certificate from the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Nutrition in NYC (now part of the Institute for Culinary Education), and is an active member of Irvington’s PTSA. Melinda loves seeing friends at the market, sampling the latest artisanal food and discussing cooking with her children while shopping for fresh ingredients.

Suzie Fromer
Market Chair
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. She is also a jewelry designer at LittleHookCo.

Suzie’s favorite thing about shopping at the market is that the broccoli and cauliflower come with their leaves still attached; they are delicious sautéed.

Pamela Grunstein
Sponsorship Chair
Pamela works to partner with local businesses/brands to provide creative sponsorship opportunities and increase awareness to support the Irvington Farmers Market. Pamela has lived in the Rivertowns for the past 12 years, and in Irvington for the past 6 with her husband Neil and their son. She is currently a Real Estate Salesperson with Compass Compass in Dobbs Ferry. Over the years she has served as a marketing & digital communications executive with major broadcast media companies such as Disney/ABC and Univison. Pamela has also successfully started and run one of the first online pet couture websites for discriminating pet owners and authored two children’s books.

Pamela always enjoys strolling around the market on Sundays to see so many new young families and loyal local residents enjoying everything the market has to offer. She never leaves before grabbing a hisbiscus & pineapple ice tea from Teagevity!

Sandi Sack
Finance Chair
Sandi has spent the bulk of her career as a finance professional in the publishing industry. She worked most recently as SVP of a global research firm before leaving the corporate world to spend more time with her family. Over the summer, you may find Sandi at the farmers market on her yoga mat, enjoying a free community YogaWorks class. She considers a trip to the market incomplete without sampling a few great cheeses or picking up a bag of apple cider donuts for her kids.

Supporters

The Irvington Farmers Market thanks our generous supporters and sponsors. For our sponsors, please visit our sponsors page.