The new winter home of the Saratoga Farmers' Market will be the historic Lincoln Baths building on South Broadway, in Saratoga Spa State Park.
The new venue, which offers 7,000 square feet of space, will make its debut Saturday, Nov. 2, when the market begiuns its winter season. It will operate in the baths every Saturday through April, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Securing the baths came with an agreement between the Saratoga Farmers' Market Association, which operates three markets in Saratoga County, including the one in Saratoga Springs, and the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, which manages the building.
“We are very excited about this new location for the winter market, as it is easy to get to from downtown Saratoga, surrounding neighborhoods and the Northway," Saratoga Farmers' Market Association President Charles Holub said in a statement. "It’s a fitting capstone to our 35th anniversary year, to move into an expanded winter market home. This new site at the state park puts the market in a historic building in a beautiful outdoor setting, which many of our customers already enjoy for weekend recreation."
In recent years, the market occupied space at Division Street Elementary School during the winter, but was forced to find a new location this year due to requirements about nonprofit organizations using school district facilities.
The winter market started in 2004 in the Salvation Army building in Saratoga Springs, then moved to Division Street Elementary School in 2009 because organizers wanted to have more space and better parking.
This summer, the market's board was only looking for a space that offered 4,000 square feet, but ended up doubling that amount.
The new site will feature dozens of vendors, and the market's board is reviewing applications from farms and vendors to sell this winter.
“We look forward to continuing our practice of providing farm-fresh food and locally made products to the community during the colder months, and anticipate we’ll be able to host more vendors than in our past location,” says Holub.
The building is handicap-accessible, and there is parking available in lots surrounding the building.
The market will continue to be open during October at its outdoor location in High Rock Park, where it operates Wednesdays from 3 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.