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September 20th  1003 during the Yonkers Riverfest, The historic 1930’s Pennsylvania Railroad Barge floated from Kingston New York to the City of Yonkers Recreational Pier. While the barge itself was a representation of how transportation methods could increase distribution of food, it was the farmers themselves that made the most impact. The farmers were featured in a small “tent village” immediately in front of the Yonkers Recreation Pier.  Mercer’s ice cream, Lowville Dairy Producers, Lewis County Maple Producers, Schaller’s meats, Davenport Farms, Brotherhood Winery, Solomon’s Rose, Simple Solution, Garden Thyme Herb Shop, Pure Mist Soaps, Adirondack Lumber Company furniture and wooden toys, Bobolink Dairy, Ronnybrook Farm Dairy were among the participants. The purpose of the Riverfest market was to introduce the producers to the general population of Yonkers and its environs. The general consensus of those who sampled or purchased the products was that the quality of everything was exceptionally high and most indicated they would purchase these products again if they were available. Since this time a permanent farmers’ market takes place every Saturday in the City of Yonkers during the summer season.

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The Lower Hudson – Long Island Resource Conservation and Development Council, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3, non-profit organization made up of volunteers working in partnership with local communities and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service. Providing assistance to Urban and Rural Communities throughout Brooklyn, Dutchess, Manhattan, Nassau, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Rockland, Staten Island, Suffolk, The Bronx, Ulster and Westchester.