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Local farmers markets opening for season

May 29, 2013
By RICHARD GAST , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

For customers, shopping at a farmers market means getting to select from the finest, the freshest and the best local produce and prepared foods that money can buy. Local farmers markets offer a terrific variety of freshly picked vegetables and fruits. But you can also find top-quality, naturally raised meats, herbs, starter plants (purchasing seedlings from a local grower reduces the risk of disease in your garden), homemade baked goods, and locally prepared artisan foods of all kinds.

When you shop at your nearby farmers market, you can meet and visit with the growers, ask questions and get closer to the sources of locally grown and prepared wholesome, nutritious food. What's more, you can be confident and feel good about buying homegrown food from your neighbors. Hey, it's fun to talk to the folks who grow it. And they'll appreciate your feedback.

We are living in an age of global markets and, as such, it's all too easy to see how local towns and communities can easily lose touch with the efforts and the productivity of area farmers and growers. But, shopping at farmers markets supports local growers and the preservation and productive use of our land and water. What's more, shopping at farmers markets strengthens our rural economy and the knowledge of our agricultural heritage for future generations. Besides, locally grown and prepared foods taste better and are more nutritious than fruits and vegetables that are picked before they're ripe and then transported across the continent or halfway around the world.

Many parts of the world have a tradition of farmers markets going back many centuries. In ancient times, when they were the centers of villages and towns, places where people gathered to buy, barter and trade goods and services, and where people met to exchange news and share stories with one another.

Farmers markets have deep roots in our nation's history, as well. In 1806, Thomas Jefferson wrote about buying beef, eggs and vegetables at an outdoor market. Throughout much of the 19th century, outdoor market places were the heart of our American cities, and the farmers markets were the centers of commerce in rural communities.

As the country grew, however, everything changed. More and better roads were built nationwide, and more modern methods of refrigeration were invented and applied. It became possible to transport produce from large commercial farms to centers hundreds, even thousands of miles away. Wholesalers took advantage of opportunities to place fruit and vegetables produced by large commercial and corporate growers into neighborhood supermarkets owned by even larger corporations. The small farmer soon found himself unable to compete.

But in recent decades farmers markets have been making a comeback. Today, Americans spend billions of dollars annually at the nearly 8000 Farmers Markets listed nationwide, in the United States Department of Agriculture's 2012 National Farmers Market Directory.

Your local farmers market is a place where people can come together, not just to buy and sell food, but to share gardening tips and ideas, recipes, and seasonal information, as well. I'm sure that you will find shopping at local farmers markets to be a thoroughly enjoyable experience where customers get the freshest, highest quality food possible, and the growers makes some money. There are no middlemen and no stockholders, just local, independent growers selling their own produce and homemade food products direct to the public.

Support your local farmers market.

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AuSable Forks

Fridays from 3 to 6 p.m.

Behind Holy Name Church, Main Street

Open June 28 through Aug. 30

Manager: Ashlee Kleinhammer 518- 645-2697.

Chateaugay Lake

Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Hollywood Inn Restaurant Lawn, 4939 State Route 374

Open June 22 through Aug. 31

Market Manager: Donnie Jackson 518-293-7487

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Chazy

First and Third Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Amazing Grace Vineyard and Winery, 9839 Rte 9.

Open July 7 through Sept. 15, 2013

Manager: Mary Fortin 518-215-4044.

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Elizabethtown

Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Behind Adirondack Center Museum, 7590 Court St.

Open Now through Oct. 11

Market Manager: Gina Agoney 518- 293-7877

Email: mtgagoney89@aol.com

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Keene Valley

Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Route 73 at Marcy Field

Open June 16 through Oct. 13

Market Manager: Dick Crawford 518- 561-7167

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Keeseville

Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon

Behind the library in the park

Open June 19 to Aug. 28

Manager: Dana Pashow 518-834-9480

Email: dpashow@gmail.com

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Malone

Wednesdays from noon to 4:30 p.m.

Route 11 at Malone Airport (across from Wal-Mart)

Open June 12 thru Oct.16

Market Manager: Vicky Lesniak 518- 497-0083

Email: burkeplants@gmail.com

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Paul Smiths

Fridays from 2 to 5 p.m.

Paul Smith's College VIC, State Route 30

Open June 21 thru Sept. 20

Market Manager: Janet Burl 518-483-6863

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Plattsburgh

Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Farmers Market Pavilion, Durkee Street parking lot in downtown Plattsburgh

Open now through Oct. 12 (Saturdays), open June 26 through early September (Wednesdays)

Market Manager: Pat Parker 518-493-6761

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Port Henry

Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

4623 Main St.

Open June 26 through Aug. 28

Manager: Jackie Viestenz 518-546-9855

Email: jackieviestenz@yahoo.com

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Saranac Lake

Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Fusion Market; Riverside Park, Route 3

Open now through Oct. 1

Market Manager: Lou Lesniak 518-497-0083

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Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Saranac Lake Riverside Park

Open June 1 through Oct. 26

Market Manager Ashlee Kleinhammer 518-645-2697.

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Schroon Lake

Mondays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Village parking Lot

June 24 through Sept. 2

Market Manager: Ashlee Kleinhammer 518-645-2697

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Ticonderoga

Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Corner of Montcalm & 9N, SW of Moses Circle

June 29 through Oct. 12

Market Manager: Matthew Courtright 518-585-6619

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Tupper Lake

Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wild Center, 45 Museum Drive

Market Manager: Ellen Beberman 518-891-7470

Open Now through Sept. 15

Email: beberman@verizon.net

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Willsboro

Thursdays from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Route 22 across from the old Mountain View Restaurant

Open June 13 through Sept. 5

Market Manager: Linda Therrien 518-963-4383

Email: franklynnfarms@gmail.com

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For information on Farmers Markets across the North Country visit www.adirondackharvest.com

For information on Farmers Markets throughout New York State visit: www.agmkt.state.ny.us Click on Farm and Market Search. Click on Farmers Markets.

 
 

 

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