Farmers markets moving outside
CAPITAL REGION Spring is busting out all over, and soon the farmers markets will be, too.
Across the region, the fresh food marketplaces are moving outdoors.
The Saratoga Springs Farmers’ Market will go outside for its 35th season Wednesday.
“When it started it was over in a parking lot on Spring Street [near Congress Park],” said Deborah Miles Czech, a spokeswoman for Saratoga Farmers’ Market, which operates three markets in Saratoga County. “It was just a handful of vendors. It has grown tremendously.”
Now located at High Rock Park, the Saratoga Springs market has more than 50 farms and vendors. This summer they will also debut a 1,200-square-foot hospitality tent on the north lawn of the park, where people can socialize and eat.
“The goal is to provide our customers an expanded place to relax,” said Czech, who noted there will be seating and tables in the tent. The tent is supposed to be up by late June.
She added that the market is currently operated indoors at the Division Street School, with this Saturday being the final indoor market of the season. “The outdoor market is really popular, but we’ve had a great crowd all winter,” she said, noting that they run on different schedules, with the outdoor market open on Wednesdays from 3 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The farmers market in Malta, at the Malta Community Center, will open on June 4 and the market in Clifton Park, on Route 146, will open July 11. All three Saratoga County locations close in late October.
Sunday will be the final day inside for the Schenectady Greenmarket, which will be out of Proctors and outside near City Hall starting May 5. “Last Sunday was busy,” read a bulletin on the Greenmarket’s website on Thursday, “and we expect to see crowds picking up as more eagerly-awaited seasonal veggies climb onto the charts.” The Greenmarket, which is open outdoors from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., offers more than 75 vendors and live music.
Also around City Hall, but on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., is the Schenectady County Downtown Farmers’ Market, which starts May 2, according to the county’s website.
Elsewhere in the region:
• The Schenectady St. Luke’s Church Farmers Market will open June 11, with hours from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays in the St. Luke’s Church parking lot on State Street.
• The Union Street farmers market on Upper Union Street in the parking lot of the Coldwell Banker will open on May 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.
• The Bellevue Market will kick off on June 13 and run from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursdays in the Maranatha Ministries parking lot.
• The Ballston Spa Farmers Market will be outside starting June 13 at Wiswall Park on Front Street, with the operation open from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays and 3 to 6 p.m. Thursdays through late September.
• The Burnt Hills Farmers market at the corner of Lake Hill Road and Route 50 will be open for the summer May 11. It is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.
• The Sharon Springs Farmers Market will open in early June, with hours from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays on Main Street across from the Roseboro Hotel.
• The Amsterdam Downtown Farmers Market at the Inman Center runs 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays and will kick off for the summer July 12. The Stanford Stud Farm market, 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, starts May 15.
• The Canajoharie Farmers Market is open from June to October at the Arkell Museum, with hours from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.
Find information about additional markets at www.nyfarmersmarket.com.