Venturing into River Market is a bit like stepping back in time. Its rustic charm references an old-fashioned general store, complete with hand-lettered signs, colorful “penny” candy and live bait for sale. But owners John and Athena have worked hard to make sure their inventory includes virtually anything a modern shopper could want, from local produce and eggs to fine cheeses and artisanal breads.
River Market even carries its own brand of specialty jams, gourmet chocolate and “River Mud” coffee. Such variety makes the store a prized resource for locals and a destination for tourists visiting the town of Barryville and the area’s many campsites.
At an ice cream window on the side of the building, customers line up for twelve classic flavors plus old-fashioned soft-serve custard. Combined with its assortment of toys, jokes, puzzle books and water guns, this makes River Market something of a paradise for kids. At River Market, campers can find all the essential provisions and then some. The delicatessen serves legendary sandwiches and housemade soups and salads, and carries fresh meat that’s perfect for summer grilling. There’s a wide assortment of beverages, including a selection of hard-to-find IPAs.
The store takes its name from its scenic location, perched right on the Delaware River, where canoeing, fishing and rafting take place all summer long. The natural beauty of the area is compelling, with bald eagles soaring overhead. River Market is the epicenter of the town and a focal point for communal gatherings. Every Saturday in season, John and Athena donate their property to the Barryville Farmer’s Market, where local growers and purveyors offer their wares.
It’s just one of the many ways River Market serves the community and visitors to the region. The hope is that more nature-lovers will venture upstate, especially with new transportation options available, including Eagle’s trial weekend bus service from NYC to Barryville. When they get here, River Market will be ready and waiting.
3385 State Route 97