Shopping the farmers' markets

farmers market report logoOne of the best things about weekends in the Capital Region is shopping the farmers' markets.

This week-- get your strawberries!!! Also, garlic scapes are here --but not for long.

Here's more info on what to expect at local markets.


Troy Farmers' Market

Riverfront Park (map)
Saturdays 9AM - 1PM

In season now:
Strawberries are in full swing. You can get strawberry shortcake at the market table and vendors will have all kinds of strawberry product samples.

Other fun stuff:
Prepared food from Thunder Mountain Curry.
Music by The Pine Hills String Band
Strawberry cooking demonstration from chef Larry of Tosca Grill
RCHS walking tour of Troy from 10:30-11:30 starts at the market.

Saratoga Farmers' Market
High Rock Park (map)
Saturday 9AM - 1PM
Also Wednesday from 3-6

In season now:

Also Expect:
baked goods, honey jams

Farmers Market at the Crossings
Crossings Park of Colonie, Albany-Shaker Road across from Emerick Ln.(map) Saturday 9AM-1PM

In season now:

Also Expect
Meadowbrook Dairy: fresh milk, cream and half & half

The Peanut Principle: assorted homemade nut products, candy, chocolates and dried fruit

Albany Farmers Market
Saturday from 9AM- 1PM
339 Central Avenue, Albany
Linda Norris Auditorium Lot (map)

In season now:

Also expect:
Home made yogurt from the Argyle Cheese Farmer.

Adirondack Fudge will be back with a variety of fudge including maple and peanut butter, and quirkier varieties like orange and mint.

Ledge Rock Farms will have 100% grass-fed Angus beef, in range of cuts from Porterhouse to Top Sirloin. They also have freshly-ground hamburger, steaks and stew pieces, making Ledge Rock your a sure-fire choice for a successful barbeque.

Other fun stuff:

Cooking demonstration by Tamara Flanders.
Handmade jewelry by Gemmesduterre


Schenectady Greenmarket

Around Schenectady City Hall (map)
Sunday 10am-2pm

Produce vendors:
Barber's Farm, Buhrmaster Family Farm, Cornell Farm, Four Wheel Farm, Free Bird Farm, Full Quiver Farm, Maynard Farms, Migliorelli Farm, Native Farm Flowers, Underwood's Greenhouse/Shushan Valley Hydro Farm, Wellington Herbs and Spices, Windy Willow Farm 

Strawberries. Also chinese cabbage is new this week.

This is also the time of year to enjoy garlic scapes--the flowering stalk of the garlic plant.

garlic scapes.jpg

Scapes are cut from the bulb at this time of year to direct the plant's energy to the bulb. The plant's loss is our gain. Scapes are delicious in salad, stir fry or garlic-scape pesto.

New! Perennials at the market. Four Wheel Farm has an assortment of plants including lupine and scabiosa.

Veggies: beets, bok choy, broccoli, carrots (at least two types), chinese cabbage, cucumbers (Asian and Tyria/baby), fennel, garlic, garlic scapes, green beans, green onions, hydroponic tomatoes, peas (at least two types), turnips, radishes, yellow squash, zucchini

Greens: chard (rainbox and more), kale, many varieties of salad mixes, braising greens and lettuces (buttercrunch, red and green leaf, bib, butter, oak, romaine and some mixed heads that combine all of these)

Herbs: sweet basil, dill, cilantro, parsley, thyme, arugula and more

Other vendors:
Abbey Farms, Argyle Cheese Farmer, Battenkill Valley Creamery, Bollywood Masala, Bon Jolie Delectables, BuddhaPesto, Cascade Mountain Winery, Cooper's Ark Farm, Dancing Ewe Farm, Divinitea, Dutch Desserts, Gemmesduterre, Healing Path Massage, Hudson-Chatham Winery, JCN Designs/Sororia Organics Soap, Lloyd Spear Beekeeper, Mariaville Angus, Mary Ann Thomas, Moseskill Marketplace, Mu Mu Muesli, Olivia Royale, Our Daily Bread, Painted Goat Farm, Palatine Valley Dairy, Pixie's Preserves by Petuske's Produce, The Placid Baker, Saratoga Peanut Butter Company, Slyboro Ciderhouse, Sweet Tree Farm

Other Fun Stuff:

Music from Fluid Motion


The Delaware Neighborhood Farmers' Market will be starting its ninth season this Tuesday, June 23 from 4 to 7 pm in the parking lot next to St. James Church, 391 Delaware Ave in Albany. On opening day customers can expect fresh picked cherries, greens, baked goods, cut flowers, herbs, honey, jam & crafts. Also Capital District Community Gardens will be selling perennial plants. Plenty o'parking and WIC coupons accepted. 432-0516

The Capital District Farmers Market in Menands is having its strawberry festival this weekend!

Saturday, 8:00 am to 1:00 pm

Sunday, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

I love the Delaware Ave one. It's so nice to walk over after work and pick up dinner.

There's one starting in Clifton Park, too.

Clifton Park Center (Exit 9 off Northway)
Tuesday, June 9, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and every Tuesday thereafter until October 20.

The Kinderhook Farmers' Market has resumed. Saturdays 9-12.

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