Windmill buildings named for Nissen, Carey
The Windmill farm & Craft Market south of Penn Yan has begun its 24th year as the first of its kind in New York State.
June 4 marked the completion of naming the buildings there. Building No. 3 was named the Nissen Building and Building No. 4 was named the Carey Building.
It was the fall of 1986 that founders Ron Nissen, Jim Carey and many other interested residents came together to talk about a market where artisans and producers could sell their products.
The group had visited the Green Dragon, a huge farmers market in Lancaster County, Pa.
Money was raised by selling common stock and approaching the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
A board of directors organized the Yates County Country Cooperative and the first building was erected in April of 1987 on a 26-acre site along Route 14A between Penn Yan and Dundee. The rest is history.
Last fall, Carey told the Windmill Board of Directors that the market would not exist without Nissen’s efforts. “No other person at that time could pull together the various components and call in the favors needed to make this a reality,” he said.
Following Nissen’s death earlier this year — 25 years from the time he and others met with the Yates County?Industrial Development Agency — the calls for recognition grew stronger.
The Windmill now boasts about 175 unique shops in three large buildings, an enclosed produce/flower shed, a food court, a Street of Shops, organic restrooms and an office with an ATM.
The Amish and Mennonite communities are very much a part of the market. Several original vendors include Jim Multer, Claudia Baldwin, Maria Drommer and Pat Scott.
The market is open each Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Dec. 10, 2011, including Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day.
Shoppers find everything from pottery to pies, jewelry to jams, clothing to collectibles, produce to plants and food for breakfast, lunch and snacks.
There are shaded picnic areas and friendly leashed dogs are welcome.
The website is thewindmill.com for more information.