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 you can still get strawberries. There's also peaches, apricots, cherries and peas!

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


Troy Farmers' Market

Riverfront Park (map)
Saturdays 9AM - 1PM

In season now:

Other fun stuff:
Prepared food from Thunder Mountain Curry.
Strawberry cooking demonstration from chef Larry of Tosca Grill
RCHS walking tour of Troy from 10:30-11:30 starts at the market.
Tight Knit arts and crafts market.

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

In season now:
Peas, greens, garlic scapes, radishes, herbs, mushrooms, sprouts will all be available. Cucumbers, summer squashes, and potatoes are also just coming into season at our farmers farms--so look for these as well. Strawberries are still here. This may be the last week for asparagus from Saratoga Apple. This is one of the last weeks vegetable plants will be available.

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:

Handmade jewelry by Gemmesduterre


Schenectady Greenmarket

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

Fresh this week:
Another big week for strawberries. Barber's Family Farm features sweet no-spray berries
New to the market: peaches, sweet cherries, apricots, white and orange cauliflower, hydroponic no-spray cherry tomatoes, cabbage, cauliflower, kale (After a short hiatus, Maynard Farms will be back at the market this week with peaches, sweet cherries, apricots and white and orange cauliflower)
Veggies: baby beets, beets, beet greens, bok choy, broccoli, carrots (at least two types), Chinese cabbage, cucumbers (Asian, picklers, Tyria/baby), fennel, garlic, garlic scapes, green beans, green onions, purple green onions, tomatoes (hydroponic cherry, vine cluster, beefsteak), peas (edible pod and shelling), turnips, radishes, yellow squash (summer squash), zucchini

Greens: chard (rainbox and more), kale, many varieties of salad mixes, braising greens, lettuces (buttercrunch, red and green leaf, bib, butter, oak, romaine and some mixed heads that combine all of these!), spinach
Herbs: sweet basil, lemon basil, sweet Thai basil, Lime basil, dill, cilantro, parsley, mints, oregano, thyme, arugula and more

Also expect:
New vendors: Chocolate Gecko and Sistah's Vintage Aprons
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

Cooper's Ark Farm is taking orders for holiday Turkeys.

Wellington Herbs and Spices, in addition to their current processed herbs, dried flowers and tearoom sweets, will begin offering their signature Island Tea. Wellington's products are certified organic.

Native Farm Flowers will have tall, mixed-colored delphiniums and a growing selection of flowers each week.

Other Fun Stuff:
Live Music: The Anonymous Fig Leafs with Ethan Waldman and friends.

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