The solar’s rays poured down Saturday morning throughout the round grass area simply exterior of Niskayuna City Corridor, the place folks mingled and bought objects at among the 15 tents at the Niskayuna Farmers’ Market’s opening day.
Lots of the consumers remarked that it was an attractive weekend for opening day as they moved from tent to tent, perusing the wares of the assorted distributors.
Two of these consumers had been Pete and Deb Capobianco of Schenectady.
“It’s good,” stated Pete Capobianco.
“It’s an effective way to spend a Saturday,” Deb Capobianco added.
The 2 had stopped by the desk hosted by St. Anthony’s Church to buy some pepper and wine cookies.
The pepper cookies had been the primary vendor, adopted by the wine cookies, stated Trish Przybylo, a member of the church.
Przybylo stated it was thrilling to be again on the market, after the church was not a vendor final yr as a result of pandemic.
This yr’s farmers’ market will run each Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. till Oct. 16, in accordance with farmers’ market committee member Donna Evans.
The variety of distributors additionally elevated this yr, stated committee chair Libbie Cococcia. A mean of 15 distributors will probably be current every week this yr, up from 10 final yr.
The concept Cococcia stated was to create a marketplace for anybody to go to, “so it’s not only a market, it’s a spot for folks to do issues.”
“As soon as the COVID restrictions had been lifted, that was our alternative to make the market what we needed it to be,” Evans stated.
Evans stated they’ve added actions on choose weekends for each youngsters and adults. Subsequent Saturday, July 17 would be the first, that includes crafts with the Lady Scouts and an look by Mr. Twisty, who will create balloon shapes for consumers.
A grasp gardener from Schenectady County Cornell Cooperative Extension will even be readily available subsequent week to offer recommendation on gardening. Evans stated folks may even convey a soil pattern for evaluate or an image of a plant that is likely to be getting eaten to find out what’s munching at it.
Additionally new this yr is the market’s participation within the Farmers’ Market Diet Program, run by the U.S. Division of Agriculture. This system gives coupons for folks on the Girls, Infants and Youngsters’s (WIC) program and senior residents to purchase choose meals objects on the market.
As a part of the Farmers’ Market Diet Program, Schenectady County has 940 coupon books to distribute to seniors who meet sure revenue standards. Final yr, 835 of 950 coupon books had been distributed, whereas 974 of 980 books had been handed out in 2019.
At the very least two new distributors had been readily available for opening day.
Market committee member Elizabeth Paul signed as much as have a desk for 10 weeks, the place she is promoting jewellery, different equipment, and vegetation to lift cash for a good friend in India who has most cancers.
One other new vendor was Erikraft Designs, which was promoting handmade items, together with reusable produce luggage and jars of cleaning soap.
Proprietor Erika Felpel stated the market is an effective way to get her enterprise on the market, particularly in an space she calls dwelling.
“I labored in Niskayuna for many of my life, so it’s acquainted to me,” she stated.
However it might not be a farmers’ market with out fruit and veggies, which was precisely what Kim McNamee was on the lookout for when she stopped at Glenville Farm’s desk on the lookout for inexperienced squash and lettuce.
“I wish to help the native folks,” she stated.
Cococcia stated 588 folks attended Saturday’s market.
For extra data concerning the farmers’ market, go to the market’s Fb web page at https://www.fb.com/NiskyFM/.
To see in the event you qualify for a coupon ebook, name county Senior Providers Coordinator Kathleen Albert at 518-382-8481 ext. 9304.
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