About Our Markets
Back in 1978, we held our first summertime market in a Saratoga Springs parking lot: several trucks, good produce, a handful of farmers and some customers.
Nowadays, we share the bounty at a twice-weekly summer/fall market in Saratoga’s High Rock Park. From May through October, hundreds of people shop with over 50 vendors under three soaring pavilions and down the lawn.
From November to April, our Saratoga market flourishes, despite the wintry weather, providing year-round access to farm-fresh products from 40+ vendors, and a pleasant community gathering spot during the colder months.
In addition to Saratoga Springs, we now run summer/fall markets in Malta and Clifton Park.
Local Products from Four Counties
The Saratoga Farmers’ Market Association runs local “producer-only” markets. This standard requires that vendors to grow or produce their goods in Saratoga, Schenectady, Rensselaer, or Washington counties and ensures that products are fresh and unique, not purchased for re-sale. In this way, sales provide economic, ecological, and social support to local communities. (The Board occasionally approves vendors from outside our core counties who bring products not readily available at the market. Our exceptions to this rule are fresh Long Island-caught fish at Saturday markets in Saratoga and mushrooms grown in Ghent in Columbia County.)
Discover Something New
Our shoppers choose from dozens of types of vegetables, fresh fruit, honey, baked goods, pasture-raised meat and poultry, cheese, fish and seafood, jams, wine, yogurt and milk, flowers and herbs, complemented by crafters and on-site prepared food. Newer vendors selling items such as pickles, crackers, vegan dips, and hard cider are quickly gathering a following. Many of our products are Certified Naturally Grown or USDA Organic. All our vendors eat and use their products in their own homes and take great pride in their quality.
Want to try something different or need a recipe tip? Just ask. As producers, it is a privilege to build connections with customers who value our knowledge, crops, and products. Every market day offers a chance for vital learning and exchanges between consumer and producer.
See you at the Market!
Unlike your average trip to the grocery store, coming to the market is a social event as well as a place of business. We love to see our customers shop to supply their needs, while calling out to friends and neighbors. With extra activities like musicians and chef demonstrations, and community-based groups that offer special events and information tables, our markets have become a regular social activity for locals and a must-visit stop for tourists.