Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market
The Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market is a vibrant, international award-winning summer Market that operates from June through the end of September 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!
IMPORTANT UPDATE: MARKET RESPONSE TO COVID-19
ATTENTION 2020 MARKET VENDORS: We are considering opening our Market ONE MONTH EARLY (May 4) to help our community stay connected to fresh, healthy food during this time of need, when food access is even more limited.
If you are interested in participating, we need to know ASAP! In order to move forward with an early opening, we will need to have a critical mass of vendors who can commit to selling during the month of May.
Please complete and submit 2020 Vendor Application as soon as possible. Vendor fees will be waived for this month.
As a Market, we will adhere to Interim Guidelines for the Operation of Farmers’ Markets put forth in the NYS Executive Order 202.8 (“New York State on Pause”), which outlines guidelines for essential businesses, which includes farmers markets. At this time, we are only able to welcome food vendors, and there will be no public programming or live musical entertainment.
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Market Location: The Pavilion at MHCM (75 N. Water St., Poughkeepsie, NY). Free onsite parking.
2020 Market Hours: Mondays, 3:00 pm – 6:30 pm from June 1 through September 28
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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 fourth year, will also feature prepared food vendors and local artisans offering hand-crafted kitchenware items, as well as live music and a rotating showcase of local non-profit organizations.
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.
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.