In November, when Schenectady Greenmarket moved indoors to its winter home at Proctors, it expanded into Key Hall. Each Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the elegant former bank lobby is transformed into a bustling food court with hot and cold dishes served by vendors from local restaurants and catering companies. Shoppers can take a seat and enjoy a meal or a snack at big round tables topped with white tablecloths and listen to live music while they dine. It’s like an indoor picnic at Proctors, with foods from around the world and a festival atmosphere, and it’s attracting more people every week, from young couples with babies to college students and senior citizens.
Deena Sisco and Brad Ecker of Chick and Hen Baking Co. in Bleecker wait on Jeremy Tyler with son Isaiah, 20 months and Liz Hayes-Tyler of Schenectady at the Key Bank Expansion area of the Schenectady Greenmarket.
Maria Lloyd of Maria’s Peruvian Delights tends to Jessica Kiernan of Glenville at the Key Bank Expansion area of the Schenectady Greenmarket. “These are all Peruvian dishes, with a little fusion of American and with Peruvian seasonings,” says Lloyd, who grew up in Peru.
Emily Timmons of Funk Farms in Schodack Landing holds a tray of cinnamon pastry logs at the Key Bank Expansion area of the Schenectady Greenmarket.
Will Hartshorne of Latham performs at the Greenmarket’s Key Bank area . “The customers just love it and it really adds to the atmosphere,” Betsy Henry, the Greenmarket board chairwoman, says of musicians playing there.
Customers sit down to enjoy food and company at the Greenmarket.