Cindy Dominy, who oversees the baking and cooking done on premises at the Chazy Orchards Farm Market, stands by the market’s centerpiece, an original wagon once used by Chazy Orchards.
Buying local products just got a little easier in the town of Chazy.
The Chazy Orchards Farm Market opened recently, offering locally-made products such as maple syrup and cheeses and, of course, apples.
General manager Jay Toohill said the establishing of the market was a matter of simple supply and demand and an idea put into action after Chazy Orchards was purchased last year by Giroux Poultry owners Craig, Roger and Willie Giroux.
“The local community asked for it,” said Toohill, adding the market prides itself on helping sell products for other local businesses like Parker Family Maple Farm in West Chazy. “We’re not only selling people fresh items either grown or made here, we’re also putting business back into the area.”
While the Plattsburgh Farmers and Crafters Market offers similar items throughout the summer months, Toohill said it’s partly the focus of the Chazy market to pick up where the Plattsburgh market leaves off in the fall.
Cindy Dominy — who oversees the baking and cooking done on premises of items like apple cider doughnuts, cookies and pies — noted having the local market also further demonstrates what the North Country has to offer when faced with the challenge of competing with retailers for people’s dollars.
“Everything’s made fresh — our doughnuts, our pies, our turnovers — nothing’s frozen,” said Dominy as she pulled a sheet of chocolate chip cookies from the oven Tuesday morning.
“That’s what makes the difference ... Plus, it’s good for the local economy keeping everything local.”
Toohill said he particularly prides the business on its decor, which features old-fashioned stoves, cabinetry and even one of the orchard’s original wagons.
“There’s a lot of history here, which is very important to the people of this area,” said Toohill.
The Chazy market will stay open later in the season, “maybe as late as Christmas,” said Toohill, as a way to bring people of the Northern Tier to the items they want instead of making them drive further to destinations like Plattsburgh.
And, so far, the response has been overwhelming, said Dominy.
“The response has been exceptional,” said Dominy. “I think it’s gone much better than what we had expected.”
“It’s been excellent,” added Toohill. “We started out on a smaller scale, by bringing in things people have asked for — apples, pumpkins, gourds. We’re going to keep doing that. As we get requests, if there’s enough of a demand, we’ll bring other items, too.”
The Chazy Orchards Farm Market is located at 9486 State Route 9, and is open Monday through Sunday, 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call the market at 846-7171 or visit www.chazyorchards.com.