Shopping the farmers' markets

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

Outdoor market time is slowly slipping away. Get out and enjoy it while you still can. This week: pumpkins, gourds and a few tomatoes.

Here are a few more details from the local markets about what to expect this weekend.


Troy Farmers' Market

Riverfront Park (map)
Saturdays 9AM - 1PM

Witenagemot Farm: Vegetables, herbs, berries, popcorn, cornmeal, dried beans.

Sweet Tree Farms: Maple syrup,berries, grass fed beef, lamb, poultry, eggs

Gillis Acres Farms:Goat cheese, meat, dairy products, vegetables, fruit, poultry eggs.

Also Expect:

Solomon's Rose: Preserves, sauces, baked goods, soups, salads, entrees.

Log Cabin Farm Soap: Sheep's milk soap, all natural laundry soap, hand lotion, bath salts.

The Pine Hills String Band

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

Fresh this week:
Eggplant: Fairy tale, round, oriental and purple
Sweet "no spray" carrots
Bunched Leeks
German White Garlic
Lots of Greens: Red leaf luttuce, green leaf lettuce, romaine , Boston lettuce, endive

Cole Crops: Broccoli, cabbage, sweet and tender leafed pointed head cabbage, edible kale

Red Chieftan Potatoes, Chippewa potatoes and Yukon gold potatoes

On the way out:
Cucumbers, Onions

Other fun stuff:
Nia demonstration
Free chair massages


Schenectady Greenmarket

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

New this week:

Decorative squashes and gourds, pumpkins
Veggies: beans, beets, bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, corn, cucumbers, edamame, eggplant, garlic, leeks, onions, peppers, potatoes, shallots, squash, tomatoes, tomatillos, zuchinni
Greens: arugula, braising greens, chard, collards, endive, escarole, kale, lettuces, salad mixes, spinach
Herbs: basil, dill, cilantro, Italian large leaf parsley, mints, oregano, tarragon, thyme, and more
Fruits: apples, melons, nectarines, peaches, pears, plums


Shushan Valley Hydro Farm will have cherry tomatoes, vine cluster and beefsteak tomatoes, Asian and European cucumbers, Swiss chard, bok choy, mixed heads of lettuce, arugula, dill, cilantro, basil, oregano, thyme and sage.

Wellington's Herbs and Spices: will have lettuce,string beans, mints, sage, dill, onions, collards and thyme--all organic of course.

Also expect:
Native Farm will have freshly made wreaths, swags and fall decorations including unique decorative gourds and squashes. Their fresh flowers are still blooming

Hudson-Chatham Winery will bring their new red wine, Empire.

Coopers Ark Farm will have fresh whole chickens and guinea fowl, frozen chicken sausage and their immensely popular fresh eggs.

Other fun stuff:
Music: Running the River

Cornell University Pumpkin Judging. Come see 30 types of disease resistant New York pumpkins and choose your favorites. This research will assist growers in choosing popular varieties and help reduce pesticide usage in the field.

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