Last Saturday, May 27, marked the opening of the 16th season of the Saugerties Farmers Market.
The new market manager, Christine Moss, part-time head chef at the Garden Café in Woodstock, said the layout is double that of previous years. There are about twice as many vendors and more traffic, she said, resulting in a reconfiguration of the Cahill School parking lot.
On Saturday morning, less than an hour into its opening, the market was already bustling with farmers, jewelers, weavers, bakers, chefs, massage therapists and the live music of the Ulster County based Kurt Henry Band. At 11 a.m., with the parking lot full and pedestrians arriving, Chef Bobby Bruno of Caribbean Deli-cioso in Saugerties prepared tacos for a cooking demo — more will be held throughout the season.
Across from the music and chef’s demo was the Art Corner where children were coloring, getting their faces painted, and taking part in other various activities. Moss stressed the importance of the corner to the market, saying it allows parents to shop the local vendors and know their kids are safe and enjoying creative play.
The market seemed to be a hit on the (rare so far this spring) sunny Saturday. There were crowds, folks conversed, and goods and services were exchanged with a smile.
The market will be open Saturdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 115 Main St., the Cahill Elementary School parking lot.