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Farmers' finale: Niskayuna's last market scheduled for Saturday

Farmers' finale: Niskayuna's last market scheduled for Saturday

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Farmers' finale: Niskayuna's last market scheduled for Saturday
The Niskayuna farmers market is shown Saturday, July 13, 2019.
Photographer: Peter Barber

NISKAYUNA — Niskayuna's final farmers market for the summer will be held Saturday.

Vendors will sell produce and other goods outside the Niskayuna Co-op food market, at 2227 Nott St., from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

The town-sanctioned market began a monthly schedule in July. Crowds were seen at both the July 11 and Aug.10 markets, with shoppers giving the morning sessions good reviews.

Vendors have sold fruits and vegetables, coffee, jewelry, handmade soaps, baked goods and foods cooked inside the co-op, then sold in the side parking lot used for the farmers market.

"We are absolutely delighted at the positive response that the first two farmers markets at the Niskayuna Co-op received," said Beth Greenwood, chairwoman of a committee installed to guide the market. "The vendors and the shoppers both were very pleased with their experiences. We hope to build on this success, and make things even better next year."

Town Supervisor Yasmine Syed hopes improvements include a weekly schedule.

"It's something that we'll have to look at, whether it can sustain itself as a weekly market," Syed said. "I'm hopeful that it will."

Syed said people who attended the first two markets mentioned they would appreciate market availability every weekend. "That makes sense, because farmers markets are typically every week, you stock up on your fresh produce," she said.

Town Councilwoman Lisa Weber, who chairs the town's Community Programs Committee, also believes the market program was a hit.

"We had a great start, a great first two months," she said. "It's been a great place for people to gather and buy produce, talk with friends.

"What I loved most about this market and getting it together was that it was a great collaboration between local government and resident volunteers and our local businesses," Weber added.

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