Mohegan Lake Resident's A Regular At Putnam Farmers Market

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Dell Jones of the Putnam Valley Residents Coalition, which helps put on the farmers market.
Dell Jones of the Putnam Valley Residents Coalition, which helps put on the farmers market. Photo Credit: Sam Barron
Toni Speno said she loves seeing her friends at the farmers market.
Toni Speno said she loves seeing her friends at the farmers market. Photo Credit: Sam Barron
Jennifer Larrabe was making her debut at the market.
Jennifer Larrabe was making her debut at the market. Photo Credit: Sam Barron
Curt Conklin was selling fresh produce at the farmers market.
Curt Conklin was selling fresh produce at the farmers market. Photo Credit: Sam Barron
Linzi Jean Fastiggi was selling exotic spices at the farmers market.
Linzi Jean Fastiggi was selling exotic spices at the farmers market. Photo Credit: Sam Barron

PUTNAM VALLEY, N.Y. -- Whether seeing an old friend or buying some fresh spices, the Putnam Valley Farmers Market is one of the most popular spots in town.

The farmers market is held at Grace United Methodist Church at 337 Peekskill Hollow Road from 3-7 p.m. every Friday through Aug. 29. The farmers market is run by the Putnam Valley Residents Coalition.

"We want to keep the rural character of Putnam," Dell Jones, a member of the Putnam Valley Residents Coalition, said. "We don't want Putnam to change too much."

This is the eighth season of the farmers market and the third year of it being held at the church. Jones said about 75-100 people show up each week at the market.

Toni Speno, one of the regular vendors at the market, was selling a wide variety of items from quiches to cookies, breads and dish towels. 

"I've been coming here for eight years," Speno, a Mohegan Lake resident, said. "I'm a widower, and these are my friends. I enjoy cooking and baking, and I've been doing craft fairs forever. This keeps me busy and gets me out of the house."

Jennifer Larrabe, a Cortlandt resident, was selling Jeneric Bags, her line of quilts and tote bags. This was her first week at the farmers market.

"I've been working at other farmers markets for friends and decided to break out on my own," Larrabe said.

Larrabe, who just launched her Etsy page (www.etsy.com/shop/jenericbags), says she is excited to see how her bags do.

"When someone says one of my bags is so pretty, that validates what I do in my basement," Larrabe said. 

Curt Conklin of Homestead Farms was selling locally grown produce. Conklin, a Putnam Valley resident, has 90 acres worth of produce at a farm in Chester.

"Our produce is fresh-picked within the last couple days," Conklin said. "It's more ecologically sound, we have low spray. It tastes better."

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