WESTPORT - Spring has begun, and so has the growing season. As a result, many area farmers' markets will soon begin their seasonal operations.
Many farmers' markets accept food stamps or farmers' market coupons. Be sure to check with the market manager to see what payment options are available.
Here is a list of farmers' markets closest to Northern Essex County:
• Elizabethtown - Located behind the Adirondack History Center Museum. Manager: Gina Agoney, 293-7877. Web site: adirondackfarmersmarket.com/etown.html. Open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays, May 15 through October 9, 2009.
• Essex - Located behind the Essex town hall. Manager Sam Hendren, 834-7306. Open noon to 4 p.m. Sundays, June 28 through Sept. 6, 2009.
• Keene - Marcy Airfield between Keene and Keene Valley on Route 73. Manager: Dick Crawford, 561-7167. Web site: adirondackfarmersmarket.com/keene.html. Open 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays, June 14 through Oct. 11, 2009.
• Lake Placid - Lake Placid Center for the Arts. Manager: Sam Hendren, 834-7306. Web site: lakeplacidmarket.com. Open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays, June 10 through Oct. 14.
• Plattsburgh - Pavilion downtown by Bridge, Durkee and Broad Streets. Manager: Pat Parker, 493-6761. Web site: plattsburghfarmersandcraftersmarket.com. Open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, May 9 through Oct. 10, 2009 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays, June 24 through Sept. 30, 2009.
• Wadhams - Center of Wadhams. Managers: Bruce & Bridgette Misarski, 962-4392. Open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, June 27 through Sept. 5.
• Wilmington - Heritage Park at the corner of Rt. 86 and Hazelton Road. Manager: Gina Agoney, 293-7877. Web site: adirondackfarmersmarket.com/wilmington.html. Open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays, July 1 through Aug. 26, 2009.
• Willsboro - Located across from the old Mountain View restaurant on Rt.22. Manager: Linda Therrien, 963-4383. Web site: adirondackfarmersmarket.com. Open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays, June 11 through Oct. 8, 2009.
For a complete list of farmers' markets in the North Country, visit www.adirondackharvest.com