Christa Zoeller of T-n-T Bakeshop, Keeseville, has been among the new vendors at this year’s Plattsburgh Farmers and Crafters Market. Zoeller said she’s enjoyed meeting new people and introducing people to her line of homemade baked goods.
The end of the season for the Plattsburgh Farmers and Crafters Market is here.
Patricia Parker, manager of the market, said this year’s season — which will wrap this Saturday, Oct. 8 — went “remarkably well” due to the continued variety the market has had to offer.
This year’s market, said Parker, featured Master Gardener volunteers on hand each week to answer questions from the public, a weekly informational booth from the Clinton County Women, Infants and Children's Program, and even repeat visits from Community Link Mobile Health, most recently offering flu shots.
“If you provide quality products and service, people return. I can see it getting better each year,” said Parker.
The market expanded this year by putting up tents at the end of the Durkee Street Pavilion for new vendors. New to the market this year were two meat vendors, a baker offering gluten-free baked goods, and a young woman who does quilting and sewing, said Parker.
Christa Zoeller of T-n-T Bakeshop, Keeseville, was among the new vendors at this year’s market. Zoeller said she first heard of the market through a friend who has hosted a booth there.
“He said I should check it out because I was doing other markets last year,” said Zoeller. “And, this one is local for me. It’s only 15 minutes away.”
The response has been overwhelming, said Zoeller.
“The people have been great ... my favorite part has been hanging out with the customers and striking up conversations,” said Zoeller.
Though it’s not all about making small talk, she added. Zoeller said her business has done “really well” at the market, drawing customers in especially with her unique creations.
“We had a cupcake made of beets and chocolate with a maple frosting that stirred up quite a bit of interest,” said Zoeller, laughing. “That’s what I like, making something that gets people talking.”
Julie Giguere of Plattsburgh also joined the market this year with her home-based sewing business, “I’m Sew Crazy.” Giguere said she was approached by Parker at a craft fair last year, encouraging her to join the market.
“I thought I’d give it a try. And, I’m glad I did,” said Giguere. “I’m not making millions, but it’s not really about the money. It’s just so much fun, especially meeting new people.”
Candlemaker Evan Vacarr was also new to the market, joining for the first time last week. Vacarr inherited candlemaking equipment and thought he’d try his hand at bringing by his creations to sell them to marketgoers.
“I definitely want to get my initial investment back,” Vacarr said of his reason for joining the market. “I also want to meet new people, maybe expand some ideas and get my name out there.”
That’s what it’s all about, said Parker.
“I think farmers markets are wonderful,” she said. “You get to buy directly from the producer, grower or artisan. You know the product and where it came from ... All of our vendors take pride in their products. Our customers know and appreciate that.”
“If you haven't been [to the market] it is a good time to just check us out,” she added.
The Plattsburgh Crafters and Farmers Market will end its season this Saturday, with the market open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more information, call Parker at 493-6761 or visit www.plattsburghfarmersandcraftersmarket.com.