Spring is half-way over…how have you been spending the beautiful weather? If your answer is “Indoors, shunning the sun, alternately working like crazy and vegging out in front of the TV,” well…what are you waiting for? Two experiences you’re missing out on are the beautiful gardens at Matterhorn and the farmers’ markets of the Rockland Farm Alliance.
Matterhorn is a garden center located in Spring Valley. Currently up for sale, the gardens are still open to visitors who want to experience its natural beauty during the height of the season. Matterhorn hosts four luxurious gardens: the Formal Garden, the Fern Garden, the Hosta Garden, and the Folly Garden. The Formal Garden’s design is based on the Renaissance Garden at David Austin Roses in the United Kingdom and consists of a wide variety of roses, including Old, Shrub, Climbing, and Rambling Roses. The Fern Garden features a wide variety of ferns, a spectacular array of colors, shapes, and textures. The Hosta Garden includes over 30 varieties of Hosta plants, whose beautiful foliage and lily-like flowers are wonderfully fragrant. Finally, the Folly Garden is gorgeously landscaped with fantasy garden buildings from England, inspired by Gothic architecture and Old English masonry. All of the plants and flowers you encounter in your ramblings through this garden paradise are available for purchase; let yourself be inspired during this beautiful season!
227 Summit Park Road, Spring Valley, NY 10977.
Rockland Farm Alliance is a coalition of farmers, community groups, and activists whose mission it is to preserve, create, and enhance sustainable food production in Rockland County. RFA hosts a number of community projects, internships, educational programs, and a CSA (community supported agriculture), in which members pay to cover the costs of farming in exchange for the fruits (and vegetables!) of the farmers’ labor. For the casual day-tripper, though, the main attraction is the variety of farmers’ markets supported by the RFA. Why shop at a farmers’ market? Besides being a great way to support local farmers and community members, you can almost always find unique goods and foods at farmers’ market – like ethnic food, home-made soaps and lotions, and a variety of grass-fed meats – and even if you only want to window-shop, the beautiful weather makes browsing outdoor markets a pure pleasure. If you’re lucky, you might even be able to enjoy some local music, or pick up literature on planting and cooking. Here’s a list of the farmers’ markets that can be found in Rockland County:
Village of Haverstraw Farmers’ Market
Sundays, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Haverstraw Village Hall on Maple Ave. Haverstraw, NY 10927
New City Farmer’s Market
Sundays 9:30 am – 2:00 pm
Sain Building Parking lot on New Hempstead Rd./Main St. New City NY.
Village of Nyack Farmer’s Market
Thursdays 8:30 am – 2:30 pm
Main St. & Cedar St., Nyack, NY 10960
Village of Piermont Farmer’s Market
Sundays 9:30 am-3 pm
Ash Street & Piermont Ave. Piermont, NY 10068
Village of Spring Valley Farmer’s Market
Wednesday 8:30 am-3:00 am
Route 45 & Church Street, Spring Valley, NY 10977