Kisco Farmers Market to Reopen at St. Mark's

After months of hiatus, market returns Saturday.

Months after it departed from the Boys & Girls Club, the Mount Kisco Farmers' Market will reopen Saturday in a new home at St. Mark's Episcopal Church.

"I think it's going to be great," said John Ubaldo, owner of John Boys Farm, which will run the market.

According to a list the market published on its Facebook page, there will be at least eight vendors, including John Boys.

The market's return marks a new chapter for the format in Mount Kisco, as attempts to foster one have been difficult.

In recent years, the village saw an attempt by farmers market chain operator Community Markets to run an indoor and outdoor operation at the Boys & Girls Club, which ran it from 2010 to 2011. Community Markets pulled out in the spring of 2011 after a failed attempt to get support from the Village Board of Trustees to move to the North Moger Avenue parking lot. A desire to improve visibility was cited as a reason.

By the fall, Ubaldo stepped in to fill the void, helping to launch a new market that was also housed at the Boys & Girls Club. It lasted from December, when it had a soft opening, to its spring closure. Reasons for departure, Ubaldo explained, included a desire by the club to give the space to a soccer group. The market also faced a visibility challenge because for much of the time it did not have adequate signage, he explained.

The club, however, was helpful to Ubaldo. He noted that he got a positive reference from it, which helped for the move to St. Mark's. Ubaldo praised the organization, including Executive Director Brian Skanes, for its support. Skanes could not be reached for comment.

Don Ford, who serves as a senior warden at St. Mark's, said he approved allowing the market to stay until Jan. 1, with possible additional time depending on how well it performs. The market will be outdoors for now, in the parking lot, and then move inside as winter approaches.

"We're in a good spot," Ford said.

The market will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.


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