Though they may not yet feel confident that’s it’s always going to be held in the same place — currently in the parking lot directly across Main Street from the Wells Fargo Bank — Paltzonians are getting used to the idea of having a farmers’ market to go to on Sundays during the late spring, summer and autumn. But what about other days of the week?
If you’ve taken a stroll through the Water Street Market on the right Tuesday afternoon this summer, you may have been surprised to find yourself encountering an unexpected treat: the Sustainable, Organic and Local (SOL) market that the Water Street folks have been trying to launch. Your last chance to check it out will be this coming Tuesday, September 2 from 5 to 8 p.m.
“We started in June,” explains Theresa Fall, proprietor of the Jar’d Wine Pub and community event coordinator for the Water Street Market. “We do it the first Tuesday of every month. This’ll be our last for the season.”
The SOL market features live music and anywhere from ten to 13 vendors on average, says Fall. “They’re all local, all people who create something. The idea was to bring in local people who could provide a service or a craft.”
Some vendors — like Karl Family Farms, best-known for supplying the ingredients for the Huguenot Restaurant’s farm-to-table cuisine — are typical of the suppliers of fresh produce and herbs usually seen at a farmers’ market. But SOL’s current vendor lineup also offers locally manufactured skin care products, handcrafted jewelry and pillows, among other unusual selections.
“It’s a great concept. It’s great for the community to support our local people who are venturing out on their own.” Slowly the word-of-mouth is building, says Fall. “We’d like to keep it going next year. We just need people to realize it’s happening!”
Interested in hawking your wares at SOL during the 2015 season? Contact event planner/vendor wrangler Emma Voegelin at (845) 699-8233. In the meantime, visit the Water Street Market this coming Tuesday in the late afternoon and see what you’ve been missing!