Upper Union St. Farmers Market may relocate

Monday, April 22, 2013
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— The Upper Union Street Farmers Market is set to move farther up Union Street, to the parking lot of the Coldwell Banker in Niskayuna, officials said.

The move is on the agenda of the Niskayuna Planning Board meeting tonight, when a public hearing and possible approval are scheduled.

If everything goes as planned, the market could be up and running the first Saturday of May and then run each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October.

The proposed new location is the parking lot of the Coldwell Banker Prime Properties at 1760 Union St. The market had been situated farther down Union Street in a parking lot there, but space had become an issue.

Offering the new location, with its 60-space lot, was Kelly Gardner, manager at Coldwell Banker. She said her location was a natural in that it is big enough and isn’t used on Saturdays.

The proposal also keeps the market in the Upper Union Street area, she said.

“Any time you have fresh, locally grown produce being offered to residents of this location, I think it’s wonderful,” Gardner said.

The market is to consist of about 8 to 10 local venders, she said.

Kevin Walsh, planning board chairman, said Friday he hasn’t seen any issues that could hold up the plan. Barring any issues from tonight’s public hearing, Walsh said he expects the board to also vote on the site plan proposal.

Town Supervisor Joe Landry on Friday noted that three farmers from the town are expected to participate in the market.

“I think it’s a good thing to have a farmers market in the town,” Landry said. “I’m very pleased they chose to stay in the area and move up into the town.”

Landry also thanked Coldwell Banker for offering its parking lot.

Gardner noted the participants, too.

“These are long-standing farmers in our area. In fact, one of the farmers goes back four generations deep,” Gardner said. “We’re excited to have them here.”

The planning board meets at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall.

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