NISKAYUNA — The first Niskayuna Farmers Market will be held Saturday at the Niskayuna Co-op food market.
Shoppers will be able to buy greens and beans and other foods and products in the side lot of the market at 2227 Nott St. Hours will be 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Saturday’s vendor lineup includes: Electric City Coffee; Sandye’s Café; Farm Mama Décor; CBD; Paparazzi Accessories; Lansing’s Farm Market; Moonshine Mushrooms; Earwings and Bead Things; and Chris’s Coffee Service.
In addition, the co-op will offer tastings and memberships. The town of Niskayuna will also staff an information table.
“Basically we’re just running this whole year as a little bit of a beta test just to see the feasibility of having a farmers market in Niskayuna. That’s why we’re starting so small,” said Beth Greenwood, chairwoman of a committee to guide the market that recently was appointed by the Town Board.
“We were able to get a bunch of vendors together,” Greenwood added. “They seem excited about it, so we’re hoping the local folks are as excited as we are and we get a lot of people out and see how it goes.”
Greenwood, a former mayor of the village of Tully south of Syracuse, was involved with that village’s farmers market.
“We had a group of local citizens who wanted to have one and they were willing to put it all together,” Greenwood said. “They came to the village with their idea and we were very much supportive of it.”
The Tully market is still running after about eight years. “I believe they have over 30 vendors this year,” Greenwood said.
Niskayuna had been weighing the idea of a market since last year and considered holding the first one late last summer or early last fall. Those plans eventually were scrapped.
Earlier this year, officials decided to hold three Saturday markets at the co-op. The other two will be held Aug. 10 and Sept. 14, also from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
In addition to Greenwood, other members of the market committee include town Supervisor Yasmine Syed; town Councilwoman Lisa Weber; co-op board member Sarah Bilofsky; Jeanne Sosnow of N-CAP (Niskayuna Community Action Program); Elizabeth Paul; Jessica La Fex; Elizabeth Cococcia; Donald Rabig; and Chris Rooney and Sunny Lee, both of the co-op.
Co-op officials are supportive of the plan. They say they have no worries about potential big crowds in the store’s side parking lot. Last autumn’s chili cook-off at the co-op, which featured several town fire companies, attracted between 250 and 300 people.
“It was very successful and it went off without a hitch,” said Donna Evans, president of the co-op’s Board of Directors, at a recent Town Board meeting.
Town politicians are also behind the market.
“Farmers markets have a proven track record of bringing the communities together, and really supporting the local farmers and the local producers in the community,” said Councilman John Della Ratta. “So generally speaking, it’s a very good thing to have a farmers market.”