There is nothing better than fresh produce straight from a farmer’s table to your own during the summer months.
The Town of Niskayuna has responded to the positive response to last year’s farmer’s market in the parking lot of the Niskayuna Co-op and despite COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines is bringing it back to even greener pastures.
This year the Niskayuna Farmer’s Market will be hosted on the green of Niskayuna Town Hall from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday beginning July 18 to Sept. 19, three times longer than last year’s successful event.
“We have a Facebook page and we’ve heard from people asking if the market would return,” Libbie Cococcia, the farmer’s market chairperson said in a phone interview Sunday afternoon. “I think people are looking forward to it because we really don’t have another one in the heart of Niskayuna.”
Last year the event was held on the second Saturday in July, August, and September.
“We found out from talking to farmers and different vendors that if we did it every week, they would be able to go to our market,” Cococcia said. “They want something to go to every Saturday to sell their products. That was something else that helped us decide to do it every week versus once a month.”
The availability of the expansive Town of Niskayuna green allowed the weekly event to provide space to more vendors while keeping safety in mind.
“Be assured that we are operating under strict COVID-19 guidelines for both our vendors and shoppers, to keep everyone safe while offering fresh, healthy food and products,” Niskayuna Town Supervisor Yasmine Syed said in a press release about the farmer’s market. “We are counting on everyone’s cooperation to keep each other healthy and support our local farmers.”
Cococcia outlined the safety guidelines in the release.
“Everyone must wear a face mask and stay at least 6 feet apart,” she said. “Vendor booths will be spaced 10 feet apart. To promote social distancing and manage customer foot traffic, we request only one or two shoppers per family, and ask people to shop-and-go.
“Signage will remind shoppers of health and safety guidelines and we will provide a hand washing station, and a hand sanitizing station at the market entrance.”
This Saturday’s opening is expected to include local vendors from throughout the Capital Region including Lansing’s Farm, Forts Ferry Farm, Glenville Farm, the Niskayuna Co-op, George Howe of The Honey Howes, and the Goodway Gourmet Bakery.
“We have a big yard to fit vendors; right now we have the same number of vendors that we did last year, but we are able to accommodate for social distancing,” Cococcia said. “We can add at least 10 more vendors if needed and still be safe.”
Find them on Facebook @Nisky Farmers Market at the Town Hall.
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