By Caroline Moran
In celebration of the mid-summer bounty that our local farmers have to offer, the Saratoga Farmers’ Market will be hosting its first-ever Flowers and Fruits Festival on Saturday, August 19th.
From 9 am-1 pm, market-goers will be greeted with a fresh flower by market staff while supplies last. And, of course, farmers’ tables will also hold beautiful bouquets for purchase if just one flower isn’t enough!
August’s botanical offerings of raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, apples, melons, and dates will occupy tables throughout the market. Shoppers will also find other fruity and floral treats such as lavender lemonade, fruit smoothies, jams, various berry yogurts, cherry scones, blueberry honey, berry granola, blueberry chevre, apple sauce, and more.
Scotch Ridge Flower Farm is well known for its bundles of peonies, dahlias, and snapdragons. Burger’s Market Garden is always ready to supply customers with various hanging baskets, outdoor plants, and bouquets. Balet Flowers & Design, Lovin’ Mama Farm, and Old Tavern Farm bring stunning floral arrangements to spruce up your kitchen table and brighten your home.
For those looking to create their own unique arrangements, Amy Hoge of Bark Hill Farm will host a free floral arrangement workshop from 10-10:45 am, with limited spaces available. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
An abundance of the season’s produce can be found at our farmers’ stalls, with summer delicacies like heirloom tomatoes, sweet corn, and green beans waiting to be grilled, turned into soup, or added to your next salad.
Kids in attendance will be able to meet vendors as they complete a market-wide scavenger hunt. Those who complete the task will have their names entered in a raffle for market goodies. Market-goers can enjoy lawn games, such as cornhole in the prepared food area, with talented local musicians performing nearby.
No shopping experience compares to the feeling of walking away from the farmers’ market with a bundle of fresh flowers and a carton of juicy blueberries, so stop by High Rock Park this Saturday! Join us in enjoying the beautiful August weather with the farmers and crafters of the Saratoga region.
The Saratoga Farmers’ Market is open on Wednesdays from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at High Rock Park in Downtown Saratoga. Find us online at www.saratogafarmersmarket.org, where you can sign up for our weekly newsletter, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram @SaratogaFarmersMarket.