May 3: Opening at High Rock Park
The last indoor market at Lincoln Baths is Saturday, April 26. This historic building in Saratoga Spa State Park has been a terrific home for the winter market, providing two full floors of vendors each Saturday.
When Saratoga Farmers’ Market re-opens its outdoor market at High Rock Park on Saturday, May 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., it will feature roughly 60 farms and vendors with a wide array of food, plants, and crafts produced in the region, including several vendors that sell ready-to-eat gourmet specialties, served under a large white tent with picnic tables.
The market’s opening ceremony at 8:45 a.m. will honor the founding fathers of the market with the unveiling of a new plaque for the pavilions, and introduce several of the young adults and children of local farming families who will likely continue the multi-generation tradition of the market.
“As longtime market customers have observed, we have had successive generations of farming families grow up at this market, and continue their families’ farming legacy. If you want to know who your “buy local” dollars support when you shop at the market, come meet these families and all our vendors, who are eager to share with customers about their farms and products,” remarked Charles Holub, president of Saratoga Farmers’ Market Association.
This season’s twice-a-week outdoor market will offer a range of food—including vegetables, fruit, mushrooms, meat, poultry, eggs, baked goods including pastries, bread, cakes, pies, cookies, and other desserts, fresh and frozen prepared foods, hot and cold beverages, wine, peanut butter, salad dressing and pesto, handmade crackers and potato chips, granola, pickles and sauerkraut, honey, jam, yogurt, cheese, and milk—as well as plants, flowers, handcrafts, and knife sharpening.
New vendors and products at the outdoor market this year include:
- Chris’s Kitchen – Perogies, pot pies, and other heat-and-eat entrees (Saturdays)
- Euro Delicacies – Ready to eat Mediterranean cuisine, including spanakopita, moussaka, and stuffed peppers (Wednesdays and Saturdays)
- Humiston’s Vegetables – Vegetable farm (Saturdays)
- Mariaville Mushroom Men – Many varieties of exotic mushrooms and mushroom tea (Saturdays)
- Mayhem Hollow Organic Farm – Pesto ( Wednesdays)
- Oliva Vineyards – Red and white wine, including dessert wine (Saturdays)
- Talmadge’s Fruits & Vegetables – Produce farm (Saturdays)
- Vital Eats – Vegan salads and soups (Saturdays)
Market Accepts Food Stamps and Other Assistance Programs
“It’s important that the community knows that the market accepts several types of nutrition assistance program benefits,” stated Holub. “Customers can swipe their electronic benefits (EBT) card at our transaction table to use their SNAP benefits (food stamps), and receive tokens for use throughout the market. Also, some of our vendors are authorized to accept fruit and vegetable vouchers distributed through the WIC program and the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program.”
WIC farmers’ market vouchers are available through Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council at 518-288-3232; for eligible senior citizens seeking fruit and vegetable vouchers, the contact is the Saratoga County Office for the Aging at 518-884-4100.