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Connecticut-based seafood market Fjord opens branch in Larchmont

Photo courtesy of Fjord Fish Market website, http://www.fjordfishmarket.com/home.

Photo courtesy of Fjord Fish Market website, http://www.fjordfishmarket.com/home.

Seafood is a booming industry all across the globe that one might find it difficult to come across high quality seafood raised in conditions that mimic the wild.

If you live in Larchmont and you’ve got a taste for the marine, however, you won’t need to drive all the way to Connecticut for fresh, quality catch. Fjord Fish Market, which has several locations in Connecticut, recently opened a branch in Larchmont at 134 Chatsworth Avenue. Fresh, responsibly raised and quality fish, along with hand-rolled sushi and a variety of hot soups, are now just a short drive away.

Owned by the Fjord family, the Fjord Fish Market fills the gap in the seafood market by providing wild seafood in partnership with CleanFish. The company’s methods of raising seafood in almost wild conditions guarantee that every Fjord market customer gets to go home with high quality fish.

“There’s been a dramatic change to the retail food landscape over the past 20 years,” Jim Thistle, principal of Fjord Fish Market, told Westchester Magazine in an interview. “Large grocery stores and chains have turned seafood into a commodity – pushing for lower and lower prices to pass on to customers. That means the quality of seafood suffers as producers raise seafood that grows bigger, faster, and more resistant to disease.”

Fish sold in Fjord Fish Market are renowned to be raised with no antibiotics and artificial growth hormones used. Another method employed is to raise fish in open water and low-density pens, which help prevent the spread of disease.

Are you thinking of making the trip to the fish market? Some of the bounties you’ll find include lobsters (available in to-go varieties), littleneck clams, locally harvested bluepoint oysters, fresh and traditionally prepared clambakes, and PEI mussels. You can also find pop-ups in the market that sell shrimp boils, Hawaiian poke bowls, and seafood platters.

Fresh, high-quality, and ethical, Fjord Fish Market is definitely making its name in Westchester County as one of the best places to get seafood in the area. It’s also one of the great additions to Larchmont’s thriving market scene. For more information, check out their official website at http://fjordfishmarket.com. Meanwhile, you can read more about Larchmont here.

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11 tips to remember when going to seasonal Farmers’ Markets

farmer's marketGoing to Westchester County’s farmers’ markets has a number of benefits. Aside from getting fresh seasonal produce, you also get to meet new people and make connections with local farmers, artisans and more. To make the most out of your trip to this week’s Sunday morning market, here are a few tips to remember.

    1. Do your research. Farmers’ markets are loaded with the freshest batch of seasonal fruit, vegetable, and other produce. If you really want to be in the know of what’s in season and what isn’t, research ahead of time. This is especially important if you’re planning on whipping up a dish that requires seasonal ingredients.

    2. Stop by the information tent. Every farmer’s market has a market tent where you can ask for specific information, like the schedule of special vendors! By having this useful bit of information, you can head to the market while they are there and purchase the goods you’ve been looking for.

    3. Do a reconnaissance tour. Fresh rhubarb? Honey? Before you purchase, it’s best to explore the market first. Who knows, there might be another vendor selling the same quality honey or rhubarb for a better price, saving yourself some money.

    4. Bring cash. Farmers’ markets don’t often accept credit cards, and there is no guarantee you’ll find an ATM nearby. Come prepared and bring cash, particularly small bills.

    5. Bring your own bags.Reusable bags are popular nowadays, so why not bring one? If you’re going to be in the market for a while and if you’re planning to buy meat and dairy, it’s also wise to bring a cooler bag with you.

    6. Get to know the vendors, especially the ones you keep coming back to. These farmers, once you’ve gotten to know them, may give you special items or prices. They might also become your friends for life, giving you tips on how to make perfect eggplant Parmesan.

    7. Don’t haggle. A farmer’s market is not a flea market, and all the food and produce being sold are the product of hard labor. Besides, plenty of markets do collections to deliver to food pantries, while some sustainable farms feed the leftovers to the animals.

    8. Be adventurous.A farmer’s market is a great place to introduce yourself to an ingredient you’re not familiar with. Just ask the vendor for tips on how to prepare a certain item.

    9. Be present. Log off your social media accounts, or turn off your phone. Pay attention to the sights, sounds, and smells of a farmer’s market. It’s an experience that can be memorable even if you’re not looking for anything in particular.

    10. Converse with other shoppers. Farmers aren’t the only people you should befriend in farmers’ markets. Talk to other shoppers, as well! Exchange tips and recipes. Frequent shoppers of farmers’ markets include amateur and professional cooks, so you might get expert advice from industry people.

    11. Stay connected. Some farmers’ markets are active on social media, so do take time to follow your favorite market. It’s one way to keep up to date with their offerings and special events.

Are you a newbie to the world of farmers’ markets? Check out this blog for a list of must-visit markets in Westchester County

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Must-visit farmers’ markets in Westchester

Visiting farmers’ markets has many great benefits – you get to support local farmers, encourage more sustainable practices, buy newly harvested produce, and feel a greater sense of community.

Westchester has a huge selection of farmers’ markets that range from compact and low-key to large ones with over 50 different vendors.

Here are a few top farmers’ markets to visit in Westchester:

Hastings

Photo courtesy of Hastings Farmers Market Facebook page

Photo courtesy of Hastings Farmers Market Facebook page

Hastings Library Parking Lot, 7 Maple Ave., Hastings-on-Hudson
8:30am to 1:30pm, Saturdays, June to November 28

Started in 1998, the Hastings market is one of Westchester’s first farmers’ markets. Today, the market has flourished into one of the county’s more popular markets, with over 2,000 shoppers every week. Hastings has a very festive atmosphere, with live performances from local bands, children visiting the library, and a gorgeous view of the Hudson. The market features an exciting mix of vendors, who sell everything from homemade jams, bee pollen, and locally grown produce.

 

Tarrytown-Sleepy Hollow (TaSh)

Photo courtesy of  Tarrytown Sleepy Hollow Farmer's Market

Photo courtesy of Tarrytown Sleepy Hollow Farmer’s Market

Patriot’s Park, Rte. 9, Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow
8:30am to 2pm, starting mid-May

Originally one of Westchester’s smaller markets, the TaSh Farmers Market is slowly gaining traction, increasing its number of vendors to nearly three times compared to previous events. The market has a very friendly vibe, where shoppers can join in on picnics, engage in conversations, and enjoy live performances. The TaSh market vendors rotate every week, so shoppers get to enjoy a wide selection of prepared food and local goodies from growers around NY state.

 

Pleasantville Farmers Market

Photo courtesy of Pleasantville Farmers Market Facebook page.

Photo courtesy of Pleasantville Farmers Market Facebook page.

Memorial Plaza by the Train Station, Pleasantville
8:30am to 1pm, Saturdays, May to November

The Pleasantville Farmers Market is perhaps the most popular market in the county, with more than 50 vendors, live music, tons of family-friendly activities, culinary demonstrations, and other enjoyable programs. The market draws thousands of visitors each Saturday, making it one of the largest farmers markets in Westchester County.
 

For other fun activities and events in Westchester, visit:
Fun-filled events in Westchester County
Golfing in and around Westchester County

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Where to Shop in Westchester County

From quirky and one-of-a-kind bargains to on-trend styles from the best designer boutiques in the world, the shopping enthusiast will be completely satisfied with Westchester County’s retail options.

shoppingThe Galleria at White Plains
100 Main St, White Plains

Urban and sophisticated, The Galleria at White Plains provides a variety of stylish finds for White Plain’s fashionable crowd. Famous retail brands such as H&M, Aldo, Aeropostale, and American Eagle Outfitters have boutiques in this shopping center. The Galleria is also complete with dining options to satisfy the hungry shopper. Other specialty boutiques are also found in this shopping destination.

The Westchester
125 Westchester Ave, White Plains

Located in downtown White Plains, The Westchester offers an upscale shopping experience. Take your pick among household names in the fashion industry such as BCBG Max Azria, Gap, Gucci, J. Crew, Kate Spade, Lacoste, and Louis Vuitton, among others. Athletic stores and other specialty shops such as L’Occitane, Crate & Barrel, as well as restaurants complete The Westchester experience.

Creative Trendz Design Studio
1923 Palmer Ave, Larchmont

For unique furniture, upholstery, and other interior décor, a drive to Larchmont might be worth it. Creative Trends Design Studio showcases custom furnishings as well as interior design services sure to make your home space worthy of a magazine cover or feature. Window treatments, a variety of fabrics, as well as interesting accent pieces are also available.

Tarry Market
179 North Main St, Port Chester

If you’re looking for the finest selection of local and imported artisanal products, Tarry Market is one place you should definitely check out. It’s a foodie’s paradise, a one-stop shop where you can find imported cheeses, freshly baked bread, hand-made pasta, charcuterie, and the freshest produce.

Pretty Funny Vintage
80 South Broadway, Tarrytown

Pretty Funny Vintage is one of the shopping destinations if you’re in the mood for antiquing in the Hudson Valley. Housed in a charming Victorian home built in the late 19th century, Pretty Funny Vintage offers a variety of vintage curiosities sure to catch your eye. From offbeat home décor and furnishings to vintage apparel, you’ll find yourself coming back to Pretty Funny Vintage for more great finds.

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