The 17th season of the Saugerties Farmers Market will launch on Saturday, May 26 with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. the Cahill School parking lot on 115 Main Street. The Saugerties Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the day’s events, which will continue until 2 p.m. The market will take place every weekend of the late spring, summer and fall.
Live music by Saugertiesian singer-songwriter Katie Hoffstatter will be followed by a presentation from culinary radio personality Phyllis Segura of “Eating It in the Hudson Valley” on WGXC 90.7FM. The kids’ art corner will be manned by local artist Anita Barbour, Local master gardener Barbara Bravo will provide handouts and garden advice. Market manager Christine Moss will give advice on how to use local seasonal food. Students involved in the Cahill School garden will raise money from the victims of the recent Russell Street fire by selling home-grown seedlings.
All the farmers from 2017 are returning. Greene Earth Farm has vegetables, mushrooms, herbs and berries. Long Season Farm features certified organic beat-the-season greenhouse and field-grown vegetables. Fiddlehead Farm grows over 150 varieties of vegetables. J&J Farm provides an array of green vegetables and corn. Maynard Farm Orchard has a range of plums, apricots, peaches, nectarines, pears, apples and berries.
New this year is White Feather Farm from Saugerties, selling vegetables, herbs, cut flowers, maple syrup and candles. In addition, there will be meats, poultry, fish, eggs, cheeses, honey, cider, jams, pickles, sauces, wine, baked products (including gluten-free) as well as plants, handmade lotions and crafts.
Lunch will be available (tacos, arepas, quesadillas, crepes, galettes, cheese pies, coffee and more) at the café tables under market umbrellas or to take home.
All market vendors accept SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly food stamps), Fresh Connect checks, and FMNP (Farmers Market Nutrition Program) senior and veterans’ coupons.
Special market events will include opening day on May 26, cookie painting on June 16, tiny carnival on July 14, pie contest on August 4, farm animal day on September 1, health day September 15, and Halloween tricks and treats October 27.
For more information, visit www.saugertiesfarmersmarket.com.