NORTH CREEK - The North Creek Farmers Market Association is finalizing plans for their inaugural year, which will kick-off this summer on the bank of the Hudson River, next to the Upper Hudson River Railroad station.
In its infancy, the market was a grassroots idea conceived by community residents interested in promoting food that is locally grown and manufactured. Today, the Farmers Market has a Web site, bylaws, a board of directors and a plan.
"The market is set to kick off on schedule with a number of vendors already committed," said Barbara Thomas, association president. "This is an exciting time for our town."
The steering committee/board, consisting of both vendors and interested citizens, has meticulously studied every detail in order to make the market come to life.
"We spent 30 minutes deciding on the name of the market," said Thomas. "Finally, after all points were considered, we settled on the simplest title that would tell all potential shoppers exactly where to go for fresh food & locally made products."
Shoppers will be able to purchase produce from Stevens Farm, baked goods from Caf Sarah, chocolate truffles from Barkeater Chocolates, flowers from Stork Road Farm, maple syrup from Adirondack Gold Maple Farm and more on Thursdays from 4-7 p.m. throughout the summer and early fall.
Board member Karen Hanley brought a lot of expertise to the meetings based on her involvement with the Glens Falls Farmers Market, which has seen much growth over the years.
"Once we had a successful market to model ourselves after, the details weren't so overwhelming," said Hanley.
Hanley also put together the Web site for the farmers market, www.northcreekfarmersmarket.com, where she will continue to add information for members and supporters, as well as a downloadable vendor application. There is also a group on LinkedIn which will be used as a communication method for anyone interested in the market.
The market is beginning to accept applications from vendors who have a food license issued by the NYS Health Department or the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, a Certificate of Authority and liability insurance. All interested parties are encouraged to contact the market at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive an application.
"The vendor fees are in line with what other area markets are charging," said Jim Morris, Farmers Market treasurer. "There's an option to sign on for the season, or for a day."
Those fees work out to be a $5 application fee along with $150 for the season, or a $15 day rate, with prior notice. The season will run through Columbus Day weekend.
Interested parties who have not obtained their food license should work on getting it now by contacting the Dept. of Agriculture and Markets. Cornell Cooperative Extension can also be a great resource for those wishing to become a food vendor. Applications to the NC Farmers' Market must be sent to Vice President Michelle SanAntonio by March 6 in order to ensure a space for the season.
Anyone interested in learning more about the NC Farmers Market should attend the next meeting Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Caf Sarah.