The Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market is seeking vendors for its 2019 Farmer’s Market, which will kick off on June 3 at 3:00 p.m. in the Pavilion at the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum at 75 North Water Street in Poughkeepsie. The Market will run weekly on Monday afternoons from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. from June through Labor Day in a fully-covered open-air pavilion that is just steps away from the Hudson River.
Vendor applications are now being accepted for the sale of fresh vegetables, fruits, meat, eggs, poultry, and baked goods from local Hudson Valley farms, as well as locally-produced soaps and body products, wool products, bee products and other agriculturally related items. This year, the Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market seeks to expand its product lines to include Hudson-Valley-produced beer, wine, cider and spirits, as well as hand-crafted kitchenware items created by local artisans. Interested vendors are encouraged to apply by April 15 to receive an Early Bird discount.
The Market is a lively, weekly public celebration of the Hudson Valley, which also features entertainment provided by a variety of local musicians each week. In addition, ‘Kid’s Kitchen’, a healthy eating program for children will be held weekly at the Market, free of charge.
The Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market is a certified SNAP market. It accepts both SNAP and WIC payments, ensuring the affordability of fresh produce and farm products for low-income individuals and families. With support from MVP Healthcare, the Market implemented an Electronic Transfer (EBT) system, enabling income-eligible market patrons to use their SNAP benefits from a government issued debit card.
The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum (MHCM) is the first children’s museum in the country to open and operate a public farmer’s market. The Market opened in 2017 to connect City residents and families with fresh, affordable and locally-produced food as a strategy for fighting urban food insecurity and advancing community health. As a small museum taking on big issues, the MHCM is planning an expansion which includes enclosing the open-air pavilion, enabling the Market to be held year-round, filling a need for fresh food in Poughkeepsie.
The Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market is steps away from both the Poughkeepsie Train Station and The Walkway over the Hudson elevator, making the Market accessible to City residents, families visiting the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, tourists and commuters alike. The Pavilion that hosts the Market is fully covered, and offers public restrooms and free onsite parking at the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum during Market hours.
For Vendor Guidelines, as well as application instructions, please visit mhcm.org/visit/poughkeepsie-waterfront-market/call-for-vendors.
For other Market inquiries, please call Dave Jordan, Market Manager at (845) 471-0589 ext. 16 or email DJordan@mhcm.org.