You don’t have to go to the Hamptons or Vermont for fresh, farm-raised vegetables, fruit and flowers. It’s all right here in suburban Southern Westchester, New York, at the busy intersection of Secor Road and Hartsdale Road. Just 40 minutes from Grand Central Terminal, there’s a real, 15-acre farm where they grow tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, herbs, squash, eggplant, and greenhouses and fields full of marvelous annual and perennial flowers. And what they don’t grow here—potatoes, corn, onions, apples, peaches—comes from other local growers in New Jersey and upstate New York.
Savvy residents of this area know that this is almost a one-stop shop for summer meals. Some people come here just for the fresh-baked breads, muffins, and pies—and the peach cake they are featuring right now. I read the label, however, and put down the cake I was planning to buy when I read, “high fructose corn syrup.” Instead, I bought two quarts of peaches and baskets of blueberries and strawberries, which I made into my own shortcake topping.
I also bought green and wax beans, tomatoes and basil—and two bunches of the wonderful zinnias mixed with sunflowers that have been decorating my table for the last few weeks. Now, baskets of chrysanthemums are starting to appear. Uh-oh, that must mean that summer is almost over.
Westchester Greenhouses is located at 450 Secor Road in Hartsdale. They’re open all year round from 8 am to 6 pm, and are a top local source for pumpkins in the fall and Christmas trees and firewood in the winter.