PLATTSBURGH - The Plattsburgh Farmers and Crafters Market has returned.
The market will hold its annual grand opening this Saturday, May 15, with dozens of local producers and vendors lined up for the season.
Market manager Patricia Parker said she's been looking forward to the return of market season, which typically runs from mid-May through October.
"I can't wait. It's like a breath of fresh air to go back to the market," she said.
This year, the market will feature many of the same vendors market-goers have come to know and do business with, said Parker. Businesses like Lamoy's Produce and Greenhouse, Conroy's Organics and Underwood Herbs, as well as Parker's own family business, Parker Family Maple Farm, will be among those returning. However, this year's market will also feature some new businesses, too.
"We're going to have Quarry Gardens from Chazy, which will have organic garlic, eggplant, and specialty things like that," said Parker.
Just Call Me Cupcake, a new business in Plattsburgh, will also be among new faces at the market.
"Guess what they make," Parker said with a laugh.
Stonehouse Vineyard from Mooers will also be at the market, returning after participating in the market for their first time last year.
"They tried out the market a couple times last year and loved it," said Parker, adding another winery, Amazing Grace Vineyard and Winery from Chazy, has also signed on to participate.
The popularity of the Plattsburgh Farmers and Crafters Market - which has been located in the Durkee Street Pavilion since 1991 - seems to grow every year, said Parker. In her opinion, that's because of what vendors can offer the people who stop there.
"They know they're getting a quality product," she said. "They know where it's coming from and what's in it and what isn't. Not only that, it's family-oriented and it's a nice place to come down and visit."
The market has not only seen great support during its existence from customers, said Parker, but from vendors as well.
"We've been doing this so long they're just like family," she said.
Though the market has a full list of vendors already lined up, Parker said she encourages those interested in participating to reach out to her or - better yet - stop by the market.
"It's a really great way to get your name out there," Parker said of being a market vendor. "Once people find out you have a quality product, it snowballs."
The market will be open this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and remain open Saturdays during the same hours through Oct. 9. The market will also be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning June 23, until Sept. 22.
Currently, Parker still has space available for someone who would like to provide entertainment this Saturday.
For more information, including reserving space at the market or booking a performance at the market's grand opening, contact Parker at 493-6761.