A vendor at a 2012 session of the Chestertown Farmers’ Market describes his condiments and herbs to a shopper — who holds a bouquet of fresh cut flowers she purchased at the popular venue, which opens Wednesday June 19 for the 2013 season. The Chestertown Farmers' Market has been lauded as an overwhelming success that's boosted commerce in northern Warren County, as well as strengthening social ties in town. The market features a wide range of produce, gourmet foods and handcrafted goods.
The popular local farmers’ market, hailed for reviving local commerce, is opening for the 2013 season on Wednesday June 19.
Held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays through summer, the market features meats, cheeses and baked goods as well as local fruits and vegetables — most all of it naturally grown.
The open-air market also includes gourmet foods and sauces, handcrafted home furnishings, gifts, and boutique wines.
The market also features live music weekly by noted area musicians. Opening day June 19 features singer-songwriter Steven L. Smith, who has performed with several Nashville stars.
From its first day in existence in June 21012, the Chestertown Farmers’ Market has been popular, attracting hundreds of people to downtown Chestertown.
Town leaders and local entrepreneurs have credited the market for prompting a revitalizing downtown, which until last year was full of shuttered storefronts.
Since the market was launched by the Tri-Lakes Business Alliance, summer and early-fall traffic has increased downtown during midweek, and a several new businesses have sprouted — while existing enterprises have lengthened their hours. Local residents have also praised the market for creating a new opportunity for full- and part-time residents to get together and socialize.
The 2013 edition of the farmers market features 28 vendors, a record number for the venue, Alliance publicist Cindy Mead said.
“With our many new vendors, the Chestertown Farmers’ Market offers an expanded array of fruits, vegetables and gourmet foods as well as handcrafted wares,” she said. “Without a doubt, there will be an outstanding shopping and social experience for everyone.”
Vendors offering food products include: vegetables, cut flowers, sandwiches and drinks from Main Street Ice Cream Parlor & Farm of Chestertown; berries from Blue Fly Butter Berry Farm of Chestertown; maple syrup and other products from Byrd Pond Maple of Chestertown and Adirondack Gold Maple Farm of Thurman; baked goods, fresh crepes, jams, paninis, soups, salsa and granola from Dickinson’s Delights of Argyle; baked goods and herbs from the J. Gallup Farm of Warrensburg; gourmet pretzels from Donna’s Stuffed Pretzels of Glens Falls; vegetables, herbs, eggs, chicken and wool from Fortsville Creek Farm of Gansevoort; produce from Humiston’s Vegetables of Argyle; herbs, garlic, jam, gourmet breads and dip mixes from Northeast Corner Herbs of Fort Ann; seafood from Pura Vida Fish of Saratoga Springs; cooking sauces, hot pepper sauces, salsa and eggs from Roger’s Rustic of Hudson Falls; vegetables, fruits and berries from Stevens Vegetable Farm of Argyle; meat, honey, eggs and pet food from Sunset Farm of Fort Ann; cheeses, pork sausage and kielbasa from Sugarloaf Farm of Fort Ann; plus naturally processed handcrafted wines and craft vinegars, wild mushrooms and duck eggs and other specialties from Amorici Vineyards of Valley Falls.
Gifts and homewares available at the Chestertown Farmers’ Market include handmade pottery, soap, candles, knitwear, quilted items and other gifts from Rustic Charm Pottery of Chestertown; handmade Shaker-style furniture & accessories from The Shaker Shop of Chestertown; pottery and button jewelry from Stuck in the Mud Pottery of Brant Lake; rustic handmade lighting, driftwood sculpture and handmade jewelry from Northeast Living Lights of Chestertown; wooden cutting boards and handmade greeting cards from Chester Creek Press of Chestertown; handcrafted wood products from Adirondack Wood Artisan of Riparius; handcrafted wines from Cole Brook Country Wine of Gansevoort; plus health and wellness services from Healing Hands of Pottersville. For details, see www.chestertownfarmersmarket.com.
Mead said that a few volunteers are still needed to work a few shifts Wednesdays for set-up and market tear-down. Those interested in helping out are asked to contact an Alliance member during a market session, or contact Mead at 494-3016.