Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market
The Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market is a vibrant, international award-winning seasonal summer Market that operates from May 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!
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. Our Market accepts both SNAP and WIC benefits.
2020 Market Hours: Mondays, 3:00 pm – 6:30 pm from May 4 through September 28
In celebration of Chef Brandon Walker, owner and chef of Essie’s restaurant in Poughkeepsie and recent finalist on the Food Network’s show Chopped, MHCM was pleased to welcome him to the Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market on September 14 for a guest appearance. Chef Walker is also featured in a beautiful new cookbook, Toques in Black: A Celebration of Black Chefs, and will be signing copies of the book ordered through the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum.
Toques In Black: A Celebration of Black Chefs is a cookbook with recipes and stories about growing up and the successes that have come from what at times seems like insurmountable odds. This book brings to light the undeniable contributions that black chefs have brought to the food culture of this country. From chicken and waffles to foie gras brulee, 101 of America’s most talented black chefs share their personal experiences and recipes. Their compelling stories provide candid insights on overcoming long odds to become leaders in their profession. Released December 2019. Hardcover edition.
Cost: $45 each, plus shipping (if applicable). Orders must be received by midnight on September 23, 2020.
Market Rules during COVID-19
The safety of our patrons, our vendors and our staff is our #1 priority at this time!
Bring and wear a face covering (no mask = no market entry)
Keep 6-feet apart from vendors, staff and other patrons to help with social distancing
Follow floor markets and one-way traffic pattern inside the market
Limit your party to 1-2 people
Don’t pick up produce or products. Vendors will handle for you.
Use hand-sanitizing stations or wash room to keep your hands clean.
WIC and SNAP benefits will be accepted (See Market Manager Table)
Prepare a list ahead of time to expedite your shopping
Check out our list of vendors that offer pre-ordering and pre-payment
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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.
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, Dutchess Responds Fund, the Voya Foundation, the Dyson Foundation and donations to the MHCM Annual Fund.
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.