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

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According to the Agricultural Marketing Service of the United States Department of Agriculture, farmers’ markets play an integral role in the connection between urban areas and farms. Consumers have the option of supporting local farmers, be it community-wide or statewide, while gaining access to fresh and often more organic produce. Many local businesses have also gotten their start at local farmers’ markets. The Rock Hill Bakehouse, now a bustling café in downtown Glens Falls, is one of them—this successful café began by selling their delicious homemade hearth baked European breads at the Glens Falls Farmers’ Market.

With National Farmers’ Market week already here (August 1st through the 7th), it’s definitely time to head out to your local farmers’ market. Here’s a roundup of farmers’ markets in Washington County. We’ve profiled the larger ones, but all of the farmers’ markets in the county (11 in total) offer great choices.

The Cambridge Farmers’ Market is open Sundays from 10am to 2pm until December 19th in the Cambridge Rail and Freight Yard on Main Street of Cambridge. The Cambridge Market plays host to about 20 vendors, offering a plethora of local producers. As a one-stop shop, customers can search through a selection of vegetables, grass fed beef, free range chicken, plants, berries, syrup, and cheeses. Also wines, sausages, spaghetti sauces, apples, pumpkins, and homemade beauty products are available. Live music, selected from local talent, plays while children can run around in the historic park. Between 500 and 700 people make their way to this farmers’ market every Sunday.

The Cambridge Farmers’ Market is unique in that it also stays open indoors until December. Sundays from 10am to 1pm from October 18th until December 20th, the market operates in the Lovejoy building nearby. The products remain the same, although you may find less green products in late fall/early winter, as many green vegetables don’t last through the colder season.

The Salem Farmers’ Market in Village Park and on Route 22, has been selling their goods for almost two decades, and is open Saturdays from 10am to 1pm until October 31st. Salem offers many of the same things as Cambridge but with a different group of vendors, including a knitter and the Kiwanis Club. Hot dogs and hamburgers are also cooked and sold, and this farmer’s market often hosts events, like the popular pony rides for children.

At Fort Edward, four vendors provide blackberries, vegetables, hickory sauce, and sometimes crafts. Being a smaller market, it doesn’t offer music like the larger ones, it provides mounds of fresh organic produce and other delectables. The Hudson Falls is similar to the Fort Edward market in its offerings, but is slightly larger, with six vendors.

The Gansevoort Farmers’ Market has 11 vendors who come in to sell their goods. Every so often, the dairy princess makes a visit and you may visit on a day when Stewart’s is there, providing market-goers with some of their ice cream. The products range from gluten free baked goods and fruits and vegetables to hickory sauce, chicken, and eggs.

So get on down to your local farmers’ market and enjoy the festivities that are offered. Learn firsthand about the foods that are grown in your backyard!

The Fort Edward Farmers’ Market will be open until October 29th on Fridays from 10am to 1pm in the Broadway bowl lot on Route 4 across the McDonald’s.

The Granville Farmers’ Market will be open Mondays 2pm to 5pm until October 26th on Main Street next to the Old Train Station.

Thursdays from 2pm to 5:30pm, shoppers can head on over to the Greenwich Farmers’ Market which will be running until October 29th at the former IGA lot on Route 29.

The Hudson Falls farmers’ market outside the Sutherland Pet Store at 1161 Dix Avenue is open Tuesdays from 10am until 1pm until the 26th.

The Hudson Falls Washington County Worksite Wellness Farmers’ Market is open on Wednesdays from 10am until 2pm at 415 Lower Main Street.

The Route 22 Farmers’ Market offers a lot more availability wise as they are open Saturdays from 10am to 1pm  in Salem in the park, Mondays from 2pm to 5pm in Granville near the bowling alley, Tuesdays from 1pm to 4pm in Whitehall in the park on the boulevard, and Thursdays from 2pm to 5:30pm in Greenwich in the old IGA parking lot. All of those will be happening until October 23rd.

The Washington County Worksite Wellness Farmers’ Market will be running until October 14th at the Washington County Municipal Annex Building on Wednesdays from 10am to 2pm.

The Whitehall Farmers’ Market, also at the Park on the boulevard across from the canal will be occurring until October 27th Tuesdays from 1pm to 4pm.

All of the aforementioned also happen to participate in the WIC/Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program.

–Sarah Evans is an Assistant Editor of The Free George.

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