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Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano & First Lady, CBS 2 News Journalist Mary Calvi To Officially Open Ridge Hill Farmers Market This Fr

“Food Network Star” finalist and Ridge Hill Sur La Table resident chef Michael Proietti to lead a pizza-grilling demo at the market’s official “Vine-Cutting” ceremony; Activities for kids; Music by the band Deuces Child; Whole Foods Market Culinary Specialists to present recipe featuring spotlight ingredient: Tomatillos!

Starting this week, “The Lisa Wexler Show” will broadcast LIVE every Friday from Ridge Hill Farmers Market on 1230 AM WFAS from 4-6pm


This Friday, July 12, Westchester’s Ridge Hill will hold a “vine-cutting” to honor the bountiful summer harvest and commemorate the successful opening of the weekly Ridge Hill Farmers Market with Down to Earth Farmers Markets, in association with Whole Foods Market. The outdoor event, which happens each Friday rain or shine from 11am-7pm, started June 7 and will be running through Friday, November 22.

At 1:30pm, Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, Mary Calvi, Deputy Secretary for Agriculture and Markets Patrick Hooker and “Food Network Star” finalist and Sur La Table resident chef Michael Proietti will preside over a “vine-cutting” ceremony — The all-natural version of a ribbon-cutting!  After the vine-cutting, Spano, Calvi and Proietti will demonstrate how to grill homemade pizza featuring seasonal ingredients fresh from the Ridge Hill Farmers Market.

In addition to offering local produce from our region’s robust farming community, Ridge Hill Farmers Market features fun activities for the whole family. Shoppers can enjoy culinary showcases by Whole Foods Market featuring healthy, in-season ingredients—as well as guest appearances regularly throughout the summer and fall by chefs from Ridge Hill’s great restaurants and food emporia, including Sur La Table, Havana Central, Cheesecake Factory, Lefteris, Brio Tuscan Grill, Bonefish Grill, Elevation Burger and Texas de Brazil, displaying their farm-to-table cooking skills.

While parents shop kids can join in on activities and workshops designed specifically for them. This Friday from 4-6pm market shoppers can enjoy music by guitar-wielding duo Deuces Child, who will treat shoppers to a mix of rock, folk and blues classics.

Local Vendors at Ridge Hill Down to Earth Famers Market will include: The Gourmet Butter Company, Naturally Sweet Desserts, Karl Family Farm, Eden Farms Greenhouse, Little Seed Gardens, Ladle of Love, Mead Orchards, Pickle Licious, Baked by Susan, Migliorelli Farm, Go-Go Pops, and many more!
WHAT: Ridge Hill Farmers Market kickoff and “vine cutting” ceremony featuring Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, First Lady Mary Calvi, Deputy Secretary for Agriculture and Markets Patrick Hooker and Sur La Table resident chef Michael Proietti; Cooking demonstrations and family-friendly activities all day.
WHERE: Westchester’s Ridge Hill shopping center, One Ridge Hill Blvd., Yonkers
WHERE: FRIDAY, July 12, 1PM (Market open 11am-7pm, rain or shine. every Friday through November 22)
Ridge Hill’s Farmers Market Activity Schedule:
11am Farmers Market Opens
12-6pm Kids activities
1:30pm Vine Cutting with Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, First Lady Mary Calvi, Deputy Secretary for Agriculture and Markets Patrick Hooker and Chef Michael Proietti
1-3pm Kids Activities
1-3pm Whole Foods Market Cooking Demonstration and Tasting
3-5pm Kids Activities
4-6pm Ridge Hill Chef Series featuring Guest Chef Michael Proietti and live music by Deuces Child!
7pm Market Closes (Whole Foods Market is open until 9:30PM)
For a selection of photos related to Ridge Hill Farmers Market kickoff Click Here.

Mary Calvi:
Mary Calvi serves as anchor for CBS 2 News This Morning and CBS 2 News At Noon. Award-winning journalist Mary Calvi has provided live breaking news reports on a wide range of stories across the tri-state area. Calvi gained unprecedented access to the FBI’s underwater anti-terrorism team and reported from underwater. She actually found a missing grandmother lost in the Blackout of 2003. She also traveled to Rome to cover the events surrounding Pope John Paul II. Calvi had also provided coverage on the attacks at the World Trade Center, in 2001 and in 1993.

Calvi’s credits include six Emmy awards, including two for her live breaking news coverage, and one for an in-depth series on sexual pedophiles, “Predator Next Door.”

Calvi has been honored for her writing at the New York Festival’s World Media Awards. She also earned a National ACE Award for Excellence in Journalism, a Clarion Award for Excellence in Reporting, and the ACIM Award for Excellence in Community Service.

She joined WCBS-TV in 2002 from News 12 Westchester where she served as anchor and assistant news director. She also worked with News 12 Long Island and served as a national correspondent for USA Networks. She began her career in New York in radio.

Calvi graduated magna cum laude from the S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University with a degree in journalism. A native of Westchester County, Calvi lives in her hometown with her husband and their three children.

Michael Proietti:
Michael Proietti attended New York Restaurant School, studying Culinary Arts. Past culinary positions included being the Executive Chef at the Westchester Hotel in Westchester, NY and the Sous Chef and Executive Purchased at Asia De Cuba in New York, NY. His laid-back style and extensive knowledge has landed him on “The Next Food Network Star” and “Chopped All-Stars.”  His passion includes being creative in the kitchen and learning about and sourcing new and interesting culinary products.

Ridge Hill Farmers Market Vendors Include:

The Gourmet Butter Company (Hastings-on-Hudson, NY) http://www.gourmetbuttercompany.com
Who doesn't like butter?! The Gourmet Butter Company creates locally sourced, naturally infused compound butters. As often as possible we use locally-sourced ingredients for our products. From the butter to the packaging, our goal is to support local businesses while maintaining low prices. The company was founded by three individuals who, through genetic luck, are happy to call each other family. We are a team of two New York natives and a transplant from California. Aside from being family, we love creating fabulous, compound butters! Our Gourmet Butter products are made in small batches at commercial, state and FDA-approved food processing facilities in the NY area.  We take advantage of the many food entrepreneur incubator programs to help keep costs down and bring you yummy butters and a reasonable price.

Migliorelli Farm (Tivoli, NY) http://migliorelli.com/
“Always fresh! We grow it, we pick it and we sell it and it doesn’t get any better than that,” says Migliorelli Farm owner Ken Migliorelli. The broccoli rabe grown on his farm is the same strain of seed that Ken Migliorelli’s great grandfather Angelo brought over from Italy in the 1930’s! In 1933 Angelo Migliorelli immigrated to New York from the Lazio region of Italy, bringing with him broccoli rabe seeds. Soon after settling in the Bronx, he and his son Rocco started a small farm and peddled their vegetables by horse and cart up and down the streets, sun up to sun down. Eventually when Co-Op City pushed the last of the farmers out of the Bronx, Rocco moved his family and his passion for farming to the Hudson Valley. Now in its’ 3rd generation, Migliorelli Farm, run by Rocco’s son Ken, is growing over 130 different varieties of fruits and vegetables on 400 acres. Migliorelli Farm is one of the largest regional farms specializing in Italian produce like- broccoli rabe, arugula, fennel and dandelion greens!

Little Seed Gardens (Chatham, NY), http://littleseedgardens.com
During the first season on their land, Claudia and Willy dug 35 holes, each 5 feet deep, to analyze the soil in their new home. “We didn’t find a single earthworm,” explains Willy as he shares the history of their now robust and certified-organic farm. It’s been over a decade since those barren days, and in that time, the couple and their two children have created bountiful harvests on 15 acres of intensive growing plots, both in open fields and greenhouses. The crops are supported by another 20 acres for compost, animals, and fallow land. They rotate their crops year after each year to divert pests and offer new nutrients to the soil. They also rest some of the land, and cover it with compost and cover crops, to replenish it for the future. Their goal is to build the overarching fertility cycle of the farm and “have the land be in better shape when I’m done living,” says Willy. In Willy’s words, the couple got started in farming by having a garden that “just got more and more out of control.” Today, in addition to growing food, their farm has another goal: “To be able to make everything pay its way. We want to have a farming model that’s replicable by ordinary people, with ordinary backgrounds and ordinary capital.”

Mead Orchards (Dutchess County, NY) http://www.meadorchards.com/
Mead Orchards is a picturesque, 185-acre fruit orchard and vegetable farm, located in the Mid-Hudson River Valley in northern Dutchess County, New York, about 4 miles east of the Hudson River. We're about 100 miles north of Manhattan, and 50 miles south of Albany. When G. Gordon Mead purchased the farm in 1916, it was a 100-acre "general" farm, with a small dairy, chickens, hogs, and a variety of grain and fruit crops. He shipped apples in barrels to New York City down the Hudson River by boat. The farm was known as "White Clay Creek Orchards" (White Clay Creek runs through our property) until the late 1980's, when the name was changed to Mead Orchards. When Gordon's son, Sid, took over the farm in 1959, he specialized in wholesale apple crops, planting many new and old varieties. Sid's son, Chuck, worked with his father for more than 20 years, and began managing the farm in the 80's, gradually adding new varieties of apples, and expanding the kinds of fruit crops. He added pears, peaches, plums, apricots and nectarines. In the 90's, he began shifting the focus toward the retail market, adding pumpkins, sweet corn, squash, tomatoes, peppers, greens, some herbs, berries, cherries and more. Now he and his helpers take up to 40 different fresh items to farmers' markets, locally, and in communities closer to New York City. He's also expanding pick-your-own here on the farm. The men of these three generations each attended Cornell College of Agriculture, and continued to study safe, effective, innovative methods of raising these crops. In 2001, we sold the development rights from the farm so that housing tracts may never be built here (plus, we like farming!). At that time, we bought an adjacent 85 acres, and have continued to plant fruits and vegetables there.

Baked By Susan (Croton-on-Hudson, NY) http://bakedbysusan.com
“I would never make a cookie with anything but butter,” Susan O’Keefe says. “There are ingredients that give products a longer shelf life, but I don’t need that. Everything I bake is fresh.” She also works on a recipe until it reaches her standard of perfection – whether it be ginger snaps, biscotti, or her family’s apple crisp recipe. What’s for certain is the integrity of her ingredients – always 100% natural, real, and yummy. For Susan, childhood bake sales were the outdoor expression of the indoor inspiration found in her Hungarian grandmother’s kitchen. “Every Saturday morning, she baked homemade donuts. I remember helping her roll them out and watching them rise. She’d cut a hole in the side of each one and put jelly in it,” says Susan. Susan’s mother inherited the family affinity for sweets, and she likes to say that “my Mom has always been more interested in dessert than dinner.” At the farmers market, Susan’s baking is rooted in her past, yet evolving based on her customers’ feedback. For example, people often request pies made with local fruit, and as a result, her ingredients “change as the seasons change.”

Pickle Licious (Bogata, NJ) https://picklelicious.com/
1991, Robyn Brown-Samra took the first step toward embracing her dream. She opened a pickle booth at a flea market. In her words, "...as a Jewish kid from Jersey, I was pretty much raised on pickles and bagels. I felt confident pickles would be a runaway seller." She was right. Encouraged by the response, Robyn began selling pickles in New York City, at local fairs and markets throughout the metropolitan area where she built a loyal clientele. Robyn recalls, "Customers used to tell us that they walked up and down the street fair salivating, searching desperately for our booth. We sold out every single weekend." With the help of her brother Jay Brown and husband Leo Samra, Pickle Licious opened retail doors at 580 Amsterdam Avenue in New York, where she featured different gourmet products to enhance the variety of pickles. It was a big success, but with her brother moving to start a family and the unexpected passing of her husband, the store closed. "Inspired by Leo`s love of the business, I decided to carry on the Pickle Licious name.” Robyn reopened her store in Teaneck, NJ and continues making and selling her pickles at farmers markets.

About Westchester’s Ridge Hill
Ridge Hill is a regional destination for the very best shopping, dining and entertainment Westchester has to offer. Patterned after a classic downtown with a lush town square, it features a children’s play area and dancing fountains. Shopping, dining and entertainment options at Ridge Hill include LegoLand Discovery Center, National Amusements Showcase Cinema de Lux (a 12-screen movie theater featuring a restaurant, bar and children’s playroom), REI and Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Lord & Taylor, as well as popular retailers like Apple, The Art of Shaving, Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, Bath & Body Works, Bonefish Grill, Brio Tuscan Grille, Brooks Brothers Flatiron Shop, Charming Charlie, The Cheesecake Factory, Clarks, Desigual, Express, Elevation Burger, Francesca's Collections, Frannie’s Goodie Shop, Gap, GapKids, Guitar Center,  Haagen-Dazs, Smoothie King, Havana Central, H&M, LA Fitness, Lefteris Gyro, The Limited, L.L.Bean, Old Navy, Orvis, Pandora, Republic of Couture, Sephora, South Moon Under, Subway, Sur La Table, Texas de Brazil, T•J•Maxx, UNIQLO, Vera Bradley, Verizon/Go Wireless, Victoria's Secret, White House│Black Market, Whole Foods Market and Yard House.

From now through November 22, the outdoor Ridge Hill Farmers Market, featuring fresh produce and artisanal food items from local farmers and vendors, happens every Friday from 11-7. Thanks to our partners at Down to Earth Farmers Markets and Ridge Hill’s Whole Foods Market.

Located at Exit 6A off the New York State Thruway and at the Tuckahoe Road West Exit from the Sprain Brook Parkway, Ridge Hill is easily accessible to all Westchester, Putnam and Metropolitan-area residents and visitors. Westchester’s Ridge Hill features 160,000 square feet of office space—approximately 110,000 square feet of which is occupied by WESTMED Medical Group, as well as an urgent care center. Learn more at http://www.westchestersridgehill.com

About Down to Earth Farmers Markets
A mission‐driven company that curates and manages approximately twenty farmers markets in and around New York City. The Farmers Markets company was founded in 1991 as Community Markets and rebranded in 2012 as Down to Earth Farmers Markets. The name change affirms our commitment to the source of our food: the earth. We believe that seasonal, local food is a vital part of our heritage that ensures the health of our communities and environment. Visit www.DowntoEarthMarkets.comto learn more.

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