The organizers of the Niskayuna Farmers Market are hoping that because more people are getting vaccinated against COVID every day they will be able to expand this year’s farmers market.
“In 2020, we were unable to serve freshly made foods that could be eaten on site,” said Elisabeth Cococcia, the chairwoman of the farmers market, in a news release. “We hope that will be permissible this year. Moreover, we hope to introduce an entertainment component to the market.”
The market, in its third year, will run five additional Saturdays this year for a total of 15 weeks between July 10 and Oct. 16.
Niskayuna town board member Rosemarie Perez Jaquith said she’s looking forward to seeing everyone who came out last year and some new faces too.
“My favorite part of it was that it brought so many people together,” she said. “Sometimes it was the only time I would see my neighbors.”
However, she said no matter what they offer they will adhere to whatever COVID restrictions are in place.
But officials said they are optimistic the event will be much larger this year.
“We hope the market will be able to expand,” Perez Jaquith said. “People were very desperate for activities last year.”
Last year the event averaged about 10 vendors every week. The organizers want to double it this year.
“I think we have about six or seven committed now and another four or five that have verbally committed,” Cococcia said Saturday.
Cococcia said market organizers are working to bring in some entertainment, crafters and other community-related activities.
“I’ve reached out to the Niskayuna School District Director of Choral Studies in hopes that some of our exceptional music students might be interested in sharing their amazing talents with the entire community,” Perez Jaquith said. “But we know the talent in this community is not limited to our students, so we hope to offer a variety of talented performers this year.”
On average, around 500 people attended every weekend last year, Cococcia said.