Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market
Our 2021 Season Runs Through October 25th!!
The Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market is a vibrant, international award-winning, seasonal farmers market that operates from May through the end of October on Monday afternoons on the shore of the beautiful Hudson River. We invite you to discover this seasonal Market and celebrate the agricultural bounty of the Hudson Valley!
Market Days: Monday afternoons from May through October
Market Hours: 3:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Market Location: The Pavilion at MHCM (75 N. Water St., Poughkeepsie, NY).
Free onsite parking in the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum parking lot, with overflow parking in the Waryas Park lower parking lot.
Nutrition Assistance Programs: The Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market accepts SNAP / EBT all season long.
Our Market is also pleased to be participating in the Double Up Food Bucks New York program, which matches SNAP / EBT purchases one-to-one (up to $20 per week) to purchase fruits and vegetables for FREE. For More information, CLICK HERE.
Select produce vendors also accept WIC / FMNP checks from June through October.
We are now seeking fall vendors! CLICK HERE to view our market guidelines and to download our vendor application.
Thank you for supporting our 2021 VENDORS!
The health and safety of our vendors, patrons and staff are our greatest concern.
Protective face masks are strongly recommended for all people at our Market. Per CDC Guidelines, vendors and patrons who are fully vaccinated are not required to wear protective face masks. Face masks are required for all unvaccinated individuals, including children under the age of 12. Please note: guidance may chance due to changes in local public health mandates, increases in local infection rates, and/or the increased community spread of the highly infectious COVID-19 variants.
Our open-air Market is still set up to maximize social distancing. Hand sanitizing and hand washing stations are available.
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About the Market
The Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market is open to the public and features farm fresh vegetables, fruits, meat, eggs, poultry, baked goods, maple products and more. The Market, now planning its fifth year, will also feature prepared food vendors and local artisans offering hand-crafted kitchenware items.
The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum opened the Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market in summer 2017 to connect City residents and families with fresh, affordable and locally-produced food. In doing so, it became the first children’s museum in the country to open and operate a public farmers market as a strategy for fighting urban food insecurity and advancing community health. In September 2019 the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum received the international 2019 Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Award for Business Practice from the Association of Science-Technology Centers / ASTC (Washington, DC) in recognition of the Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market.
In spring 2020, in response to the near total disruption of the local food system in Poughkeepsie due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Market rallied its vendors and opened one month early to help bring fresh healthy food to downtown Poughkeepsie during the public health crisis. Support for this pre-season opening came from the City of Poughkeepsie, the Voya Foundation, Stewarts Shops, Humanities New York, the Dyson Foundation, the Dutchess Responds Fund, and private donations to the MHCM Annual Fund. Due to the continued COVID-19 crisis, for the first time, the Market extended its season through October 2020.
The Market is a certified SNAP Market and also participates in the WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Programs to ensure the affordability of fresh produce and farm products for low-income individuals and families. A grant received from MVP Healthcare in 2018, allowed the Market to implement its Electronic Transfer (EBT) system, enabling customers to use SNAP benefits from a government issued debit card.
The Mid-Hudson Children’s museum is centrally involved in the revitalization efforts taking place along the Poughkeepsie Waterfront. The operation of this Market provides MHCM with yet another way to support the City of Poughkeepsie and the region by making fresh food available to City residents and visitors all while showcasing the agricultural bounty of local Hudson Valley farms.
The Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market is steps away from the Poughkeepsie Train Station, two city parks, and the Walkway Over the Hudson elevator, making the Market accessible to City residents, families visiting the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, tourists, and commuters alike. The Pavilion that hosts the Market is fully covered, offers public restrooms and free onsite parking at the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum during the Market hours.