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Day Change Affects Pelham Farmers Market

PELHAM, N.Y. – Community Markets used to hold the Pelham Farmers Market on Sundays but moved it to Saturdays this year.

The market is still at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Harmon Avenue.

Mount Vernon resident Carol Anderson attended the market on Saturday for the first time this year. Activities with her grandchildren and housework have occupied her.

"(I haven't come) as often as I'd like, but I try to get here," Anderson said. "I liked it better on Sundays."

Lobsang Dawa works at the Migliorelli Farm fruits and vegetables stand at the market. He said that some locals may not know the day of the market even though it started at the end of May.

"Maybe people don't know this year," Dawa said. "But our customers are building up."

Jennifer Rescigno runs the Meredith's Bread stand, which is in its first year at the market. She said that people may need time to adjust to the new schedule.

"It's picking up," Rescigno said. "It's not the busiest, but we see some regular people."

Michelle McBriarty, site manager for Community Markets, said that the three vendors that comprise the market are there every Saturday. She expects the fall season to increase business.

"As fall comes, we're going to see a lot more people as they come back from vacation," McBriarty said.

McBriarty said that some vendors prefer Saturdays to Sundays, and that people have obligations on Sundays that prevent them from going to the market. She said she thinks the move to Saturday has actually increased business, but knows that the market needs time to expand.

"A farmer's market is not something you can put there and expect a ton of people to come," McBriarty said. "You have to grow it."

Have you been to the Pelham Farmers Market this year? Did you know it is on Saturdays instead of Sundays? Comment below, on Facebook or Twitter @DailyPelham .

Contact Pelham reporter Andrew Meola at ameola@thedailypelham.com.

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