Programs & Events
THE STORY OF SEEDS
Wednesday, August 24th
Join us as we partner with Northshire Bookstore Saratoga to welcome writer, photographer, and environmental educator Nancy Castaldo on August 24 from 4:30-5:00pm for an open discussion on her newest book ‘The Story of Seeds’.
The afternoon will center around the topic of ‘seeds’ as Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardener will present information on seeds from 4:00-4:30pm.
Children of all ages who visit the market are invited to make their own eggshell seed starter and learn about the life-cycle of seeds.
More activities and details will be coming soon! This event is free and open to the community. Join the Facebook event here.
Hosted by Alan Epstein
Wednesday, September 7th
3 PM – 6 PM
The Saratoga Farmers Market is pleased to announce its first Bluegrass jam session to be held during the Wednesday market on September 7 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm. Shake off those end of summer blues and join local bluegrass musician Alan Epstein as he hosts a Bluegrass Jam session. Alan has played mandolin and sung in bluegrass bands in Colorado, Pennsylvania, Michigan and now in upstate New York. He currently teaches bluegrass jam classes in the area http://
Join the Facebook event here.
The Power of Produce (POP) Club provides a fun opportunity for children ages 5-12 to engage in the local food system through conversations directly with farmers, educational games and demonstrations, and exposure to new fruits and vegetables.
In addition to participating in educational activities, POP Club kids receive a POP Passport allowing them to collect a stamp with each visit. Kids who collect 4 stamps will win a prize! POP Club kids will also receive a $2 POP token with each visit. POP tokens are to be spent on fresh fruits and vegetables at the market to empower children to make health shopping decisions.
Children may look for the green POP Club tent every Wednesday and enjoy the activity that week (activities range in time from 5-15 minutes). POP Club will be held EVERY Wednesday, 3-6pm, beginning on June 8! The last POP Club will be Wednesday, August 31st.
The Saratoga Farmers’ Market offers a dynamic summer internship to individuals looking to further their education and experience. Learn how local businesses and community join together to make the farmers’ market a unique place. Interns play an important role in market functions, special events, social media, promotions, and much more. This is a diverse internship for individuals interested in food access, sustainability, writing and journalism, marketing, local business, agriculture, photography and art, and more (choose an area of focus). Attending the market on Wednesdays 3-6pm and Saturdays 9am-1pm is required, however, scheduling is flexible. This opportunity offers a stipend.
Resumes and inquiries may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are no longer accepting applicants for the summer of 2016.
“Working at the market was an absolute joy. I learned a lot about seasonal foods and local growers, but best of all I got to know the amazing community that nourishes me! The farmers at the Saratoga Market are generous and kind and in exchange for my work as an intern I was fed delicious food and made many new friends. This was hands down my favorite summer job of all time.”
– Margot Reisner, Intern 2014
“Working at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market was an incredible experience! I learned so much about sustainable agriculture and the importance and value a farmers’ market has on strengthening a community socially and nutritionally. I met some incredible people and learned so much from my time at the market, it is truly an incredible place!”
– MacKenzie Klarsfeld, Intern 2015
“Working at the Farmers Market was an experience like nothing else. It strengthened my interested in farming by witnessing the amazing farmers each week who were passionate, intelligent, and successful in what they do. This internship is a great experience for those looking to be involved in strengthening their local food hub. The market was the highlight of my weeks and always a pleasure to be involved with!”
– Abby Zlotnick, Intern 2015
– Katie Doyle, Intern 2013
Help Feed the Hungry
Please bring any extra produce you have from your garden to the Market Shed, during market hours on Wednesdays, and we will make sure it goes to the EOC food bank. Our market vendors also contribute to this weekly donation.
Thanks in advance for your contributions!
Market Manners for Dogs
Many of us at the market love and own dogs. Yet, in order to ensure everyone’s safety, we ask everyone bringing a dog to the market to follow these important safety and behavior guidelines: Market Manners for Dogs.
Community Supported Agriculture
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a unique collaboration connecting people to a local farm and farmer. When you become a CSA member, you agree to support the costs of running the farm in exchange for a share of the harvest. By contributing a membership fee in advance, you become a partner with the farmer in sharing some of the risk as well as the bounty of agricultural production.
A few of our vendors are now offering CSA programs for vegetables/fruit/eggs (Denison Farm; Kilpatrick Family Farm; Stannard Farm); vegetables (New Minglewood Farm); eggs (Elihu Farm); cheese (Argyle Cheese Farmer); meat (M&A Farm). Sometimes pick-up of these farm shares is at the market; depending on the arrangements, other pick-up points, including the farm, may be specified. Check with each vendor individually for the details.
Food Stamps / EBT / Credit & Debit Cards
In Saratoga at the green Market Shed, the market is able to process food stamp, credit cards and debit cards for purchasing market tokens that our farmers’ market merchants all accept.
You can use your food stamp card to buy market tokens, which all food merchants are able to take. The tokens come in $1 and $5 increments and never expire. Change is not given at purchase. You don’t have to worry about running out of money to buy what you need at the market.
Our EBT machine can process your charge or debit card and give you market tokens worth $5 or $10 dollars. All vendors accept them and exact change is given. There is no charge to you for this service.
WIC and Seniors Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) Coupon Redemption
Vendors accepting WIC Vegetables & Fruit checks have a poster at their stalls.
The $4 seasonal coupons of FMNP for WIC recipients and Seniors can be used to purchase fruit and vegetables where indicated.
On Wednesdays at the Saratoga market, we invite a local chef or market farm vendor to offer prepared entrees for eat-in or take-out. Small tables allow you to enjoy your meal near our performing musicians, or pack your meal to take home if you prefer.
Need help getting all your purchases to your vehicle or just need a place to drop your goods while you continue to shop? Use our Veggie Valet service, in the tent across from the Market Shed. Volunteers will “check” your bags and bring your goods to your car with a free wagon service when you are finished shopping.