Market Creates Community at High Rock Park

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  By Himanee Gupta-Carlson Shortly before 9 a.m. tomorrow, Saratoga Mayor Joanne Yepsen will cut a ribbon at High Rock Park to officially open the Saratoga Farmers’ Market’s summer season. With her will be farmers and other vendors, volunteers and staff, artists and musicians, community service providers, dignitaries and other guests. The brief ceremony captures […]

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Green Goes Beyond Great Vegetables

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  By Julia Howard, Market Director It’s not easy being green. But as one of our shoppers put it, it’s better for all of us. Camm Epstein arrived at the market to shop on a recent Saturday with a backpack. He filled his pack, and prepared for a one-mile walk home. “It’s good for me […]

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Giving Thanks to the Pumpkin

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  By Himanee Gupta-Carlson   The bold orange hue of pumpkins makes fall festive in Saratoga. But as the vivid glow of fall gives way to the wetness of winter, a question arises: What to do with the bounty of pumpkins, gourds, and other winter squashes? The best answer, of course, is to eat them, […]

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Saratoga Farmers Offer ‘Taste of the Market’

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  By Julia Howard, Market Director The Saratoga Farmers’ Market opens its indoor market season at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Lincoln Baths Building in the Saratoga Spa State Park. Established in 1978, the market offers products from farmers and artisans who are mostly in Saratoga, Schenectady, Rensselaer, and Washington counties. While some exceptions are […]

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The Sweet Sensation of Bitter Melon

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By Himanee Gupta-Carlson I can’t let the summer pass without at least one thought about my favorite gourd, the bitter melon. It is a light green, somewhat bumpy cylindrical squash sold at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market primarily by The Otrembiak’s. It is native to China but popular throughout southeast and South Asia. I grew up […]

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From Fork to Farm | Did You Know…

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Did you know … that composting fruit and vegetable scraps along with other matter can create new soil in as little as 20 days? The Friends of the Market volunteers invite Saratoga Farmers Market shoppers who do not have an easy way to compost such materials to bring them to our compost bin at the […]

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A Recipe for Topsoil | Did You Know…

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The Friends of the Market, the volunteer-based organization that supports the Saratoga Farmers’ Market, is rolling out a new program at the Saturday market on September 3. We would like to invite customers who do not have a means of composting their kitchen scraps to bring them to us. We will collect fruit and vegetable […]

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What’s What in the World of Compost?

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The Friends of the Saratoga Market will soon begin accepting compost from home gardeners to donate to local farmers and community gardeners. If you are unable to use your own compost, please consider offering it free of charge to the Friends. In the meantime, here are some basic tips for getting to know compost: Yard […]

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Turning Today’s Scraps into Tomorrow’s Topsoil

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By Sadie Ross If you visit one of the 40,000 farms in New York State, chances are that you’ll be greeted by a smell that evokes pungent goodness. It is neither the scent of a fresh harvest nor the fragrance of bee and butterfly attracting flowers. Rather, it is compost, the rotting remains of yard […]

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