Indian Lake Farmers’ Market Chairpersons, Danielle Shaw (middle) and Brenda Valentine (second from right) are joined by other Steering Committee members for the official ribbon cutting at the grand opening of the Indian Lake Farmers’ Market.
Ever since the supermarket in town closed, the community has been searching for a means to overcome the lack of a quality resource for fresh produce, baked goods, meat, poultry and even seafood.
As a result of a lot of dedicated, hard work and perseverance by a group of like-minded community members, the Indian Lake Farmers’ Market celebrated its grand opening on Saturday, July 20.
Amidst hit-and-miss rain showers and the occasional wind gusts, the two market chairpersons — Brenda Valentine and Danielle Shaw — were joined by members of the market’s steering committee for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the front lawn of the Indian Lake Central School. As with all the headwinds faced by those serious about establishing the Indian Lake Farmers’ Market, the weather was no deterrent.
On hand were town and county officials. Linda Mitchell, Hamilton County Democratic Party chairperson and member of the market’s steering committee, said the objective of the market was to establish an environment that brings the community together with quality foods, locally made syrups, jams, jellies and handcrafts. There is also the ongoing desire to promote and grow the town of Indian Lake’s Main Street, making it an even more desirable place to visit and live.
Hamilton County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Farber acknowledged this was a long-awaited event and that he realized the hard work and dedication that it took to make it happen. He offered congratulations to all involved in the effort and to the town of Indian Lake for having reached the point of a grand opening for such a needed and valuable resource.
Indian Lake Town Councilman John Valentine also acknowledged the challenge represented by delivering a farmers’ market. In his comments to the crowd, he noted the dimension of farmers being joined by crafters and the desire going forward to make the market an event with music and other attractions that would enrich the community culturally and as a food resource — a real hub for community action and organization. In this regard, it is fitting that the market will be held every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. until Sept. 28 on the Indian Lake Central School lawn.
Brenda Valentine stressed that the success of the market will depend heavily upon the patronage of the community. As the market grows, many of the vendors will be coming some distances to participate in this community event. She and the other steering committee members called for an understanding on the part of the community of the economics of being a vendor coming long distances to supply a fresh resource at a convenient location in the town.
The Indian Lake Farmers’ Market Steering Committee Members are: Brenda Valentine and Danielle Shaw (chairpersons), Kim Ameden, Liz Cannan, Taff Fitterer, Linda Mitchell, Aaron Gadway, Father Phillip Allen, Jean Williams, Mary Robertson, Liddy Johnson, and Nancy Welch (Hamilton County Cooperative Extension).
Farmers and vendors currently participating in the market include: Phills and Jills (Indian Lake), J. Gallup Farm (Warrensburg), Hope Valley Farm (Hope Farm) and Sundance Designs Textile Company.