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

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Saratoga Farmers' MarketFarmers’ Markets provide a variety of benefits to the community. For instance, buying local products helps support small businesses in your area, as well the farmers who work so hard to provide quality products. Locally grown foods also tend to be more nutritious and fresh. If you need proof, just taste a strawberry from a local vendor and compare it to one bought in a supermarket. The food you buy at a Farmers’ Market is environmentally friendly, requiring less packaging and travel time. Don’t think that you’ll be limited in product selection either; for example, the Saratoga Farmers’ Market offers milk, cheeses, eggs, soaps, prepared foods, yogurt, meats, ice cream, wine, jams, flowers, and baked goods, in addition to the highest quality fruits and vegetables. Another good thing about the markets is that when you buy there, you know where your food came from.

Here’s a roundup of Farmers’ Markets in Saratoga County.

The Saratoga Farmers’ Market is set up under the pavilions on High Rock Avenue in Saratoga Springs. This market runs through October, and is open Wednesdays 3–6pm and Saturdays 9am–1pm. The market offers a full variety of quality products. Vendors sell flowers for your garden, as well as wine, jams, cheeses, milk, vegetables, fruits, and meats. The Saratoga Farmers’ Market has been in place for over 30 years; currently over 50 local vendors are housed there. On Thursday afternoons, you can find the market located in the parking lot of St. George’s Church on Route 146, from 2pm-5pm, in Clifton Park. For more information visit www.saratogafarmersmarket.org

Ballston Spa Farmers' MarketThe Ballston Spa Farmers Market takes place in Wiswall Park, at the corner of Frond Street and Low Street in the Village of Ballston Spa. The market is open Thursdays 3pm–6pm, and Saturdays 9am–12pm, now through September 29th. You can purchase everything from maple syrup, to honey, to corn, and beef thanks to the large amount of local vendors offering up a variety of products. Their website, www.ballston.org/EatLocal contains the entire list of vendors.

Not in Saratoga County, but still worth checking out is the South Glens Falls Farmers’ Market, located in Village Park, on Spring Street in South Glens Falls. This market is small, with only a few vendors, but they provide quality produce. String beans, potato, broccoli, cauliflower, corn, lettuce, scallions, and radishes are all available throughout the summer. The market is open Mondays, 10am–2pm through October. For more information, call 518-792-0198.

The Burnt Hills Farmers’ Market is another small one, with less than ten vendors. However, it is still worth a visit, especially if you live in the area. The vendors set up under the white tents in the parking lot of the Dollar General Plaza, Route 50, each Saturday until October from 9am–1pm.

The Town of Greenfield Historical Society hosts their own farmers’ market every Friday evening, from 4pm–7pm in Middle Grove Park. Each week, the market features local talent, including musicians, authors, and artists to entertain you as you browse through the vendors. At this market you’ll find locally grown vegetables, baked goods, free-range meats, and handmade crafts. To find a schedule of events or for more information on the market, visit www.greenfieldhistoricalsociety.com

Saratoga Farmers’ Market
May – October
Wednesday: 3pm–6pm; Saturday: 9am–1pm
Under the Pavilions, High Rock Ave. Saratoga Springs

Ballston Spa
July – September
Thursday: 3pm–6pm
Saturday: 9am–12pm
Wiswall Park

Clifton Park
July – October
Thursday: 2pm–5pm
St. George’s Church parking lot, Route 146; 1.3 miles west of I-87, Exit 9

Malta
July – October
Tuesday: 11am–2pm
Malta Community Center, Route 9

South Glens Falls
July – October
Monday: 11am–2pm
Village Park, Spring Street

Burnt Hills Farmers’ Market
May ­– October
Saturday: 9am–1pm
Dollar General Plaza (772 Saratoga Road)

Town of Greenfield Historical Society Farmers’ Market
June – September
Friday: 4pm–7pm
Middle Grove Town Park (Middle Grove Road)

–Chelsea Slosberg is an Assistant Editor of The Free George.

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