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Go Organic in Hamilton County: Visit Your Local Farmers’ Market

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Farmers' MarketWith cooler nights and rainy days, fall’s footsteps are being heard throughout the Adirondack Region. So if you haven’t checked out the Farmers’ Markets in your area yet, it’s probably time you did. Many of these seasonal markets close in late August or early September, when there is simply no more product to sell. And if you need a reason to shop organic, there are more than enough to go around.

Some people shop for fresh products for health reasons. Organic produce, meat, and eggs are usually preservative, pesticide, and hormone-free, helping you to maintain clean veins and arteries, stay in good shape, and have a healthy mental outlook. Others shop organic for the taste. There’s simply no comparison to the sweet, rich taste of a fresh summer tomato. You can also choose to shop at a farmers’ market for the prices; here, you’ll find great values on products that are often marked up in the grocery store due to packaging and shipping costs. Shopping at a farmers’ market also ensures that the food you’re buying is environmentally safe. Farmers’ markets also provide a meeting point for the farming and non-farming communities.

Now that you know all the benefits of visiting a farmers’ market, here are couple you might want to check out in Hamilton County:

Farmers' MarketThe Speculator Farmers and Crafters Market is located in the Speculator Village Park on Rt. 30, across from the public beach. It’s open Thursdays from June 26th-August 26th and the first week of September, from 3pm to 6pm. There are usually 13 or 14 vendors, with occasional extras. With a wide variety of products, including soap, bread, honey, and jewelry, visitors get a taste of the local culture. One vendor sells wildlife and landscape photographs that she takes in the surrounding areas and frames herself, and Grey’s Garden and Hope Valley Farm offers their own homegrown flowers and produce. All the products available at the market are grown or manufactured locally by the vendors themselves. For more information about the Speculator Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market, call 518- 548-4521.

The Long Lake Farmers’ Market is up and running for its third summer, located at the corner of Rt. 30 and South Hill Road, across from the post office. Open Thursdays from 10am-2pm throughout July and August until the first week in September, this market provides a wide variety of local products for neighbors and tourists. Featuring 8-10 vendors a week, the market also offers musical entertainment every other week. A baker from Indian Lake has been coming for three summers, and another woman brings pastries and coffee for early morning visitors. A number of local artisans bring their wares, including Adirondack furniture, hats made out of donated yarn, which are sold to benefit the Long Lake food pantry, twig and birch bark frames and Christmas ornaments, two lines of beaded jewelry, and quilted blankets and wall-hangings. Jams, jellies, pickles, and a small amount of local produce are available as well. And if you’re a Hamilton County Vendor looking for a place to sell, the Long Lake Farmers’ Market charges no vendor’s fee. For more information call 518-624-2162.

–Jessica Nicosia is an Assistant Editor of The Free George.

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