by Julia Howard
As days grow shorter and colder, the Saratoga Farmers’ Market is grateful to take up its indoor home in the Wilton Mall this Saturday, November 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., where it will take place weekly until the end of April. This location offers the convenience of one-stop shopping for various products, ample parking, and convenient restrooms. Over forty Saratoga-area farms and businesses will sell a bounty of locally grown and produced items, including fruit and vegetables, meat and poultry, bread and baked goods, artisan cheese, yogurt, milk, honey, maple syrup, ready-to-eat foods, handmade art, and wellness products.
Produce is available year-round thanks to the tireless efforts of local farmers and their ability to store produce throughout the winter. Onions, beets, carrots, various potatoes, root vegetables, kale, and winter squash are available during the winter season. Shushan Valley Hydro Farms / Underwoods Greenhouses bring tomatoes, herbs, cucumbers, and greens for the fresh taste of summer during the winter. In the late fall, before temperatures plummet, farms continue to bring fresh greens, herbs, and the last of summer’s bounty.
As Thanksgiving approaches, customers can preorder holiday meats, stock up on fresh produce for sides, and find plenty of dessert options. In addition, the Saratoga Farmers’ Market introduces Holiday Boutique Market artisans offering various giftable items just in time for the holiday shopping season. Market events will be festive and exciting this season. Ask market staff about the Festival of Lights Fundraiser to benefit the Saratoga Farmers’ Market, a 501(c)3 non- profit organization.
The farmers’ market will continue to host live musicians and guests, and after the holidays, look for educational workshops and festive markets for Valentine’s Day and Easter in 2024.
Customers can rely on the market’s regular nutrition assistance program they shop this season. Customers with an EBT card can exchange their SNAP benefits for farmers’ market tokens to purchase fresh foods. Additionally, the market offers FreshConnect, a SNAP incentive program where every $2 a customer spends with their EBT benefits, they receive a $2 FreshConnect coupon to spend at the farmers’ market. The Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan and Greenwich-based Comfort Food Community will continue bringing $5 vouchers to CDPHP members at select farmers’ markets.
The market bell will ring this Saturday at 9:30 a.m., beginning a new season. Pick up a free shopping bag from the market information table while supplies last, and enjoy the tradition of shopping locally year-round.
The Saratoga Farmers’ Market will be open on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. from November through April at the Wilton Mall Food Court, accessible from the mall entrance across from BJs or the mall interior. The CDTA’s 450 (from Schenectady) and 452 (from Skidmore College via downtown Saratoga) run to the Wilton Mall hourly on Saturday mornings.
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