News From the Town of Colonie
Paula A. Mahan
Farmers' Market at the Crossings to Open June 2
Market Expands Vendor Offerings
Loudonville , N.Y. – Town of Colonie Supervisor Paula A. Mahan will ring the opening bell for the 2012 Farmers' Market at The Crossings at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 2, 2012. This year, several new vendors will participate in the Market.
“True to our mission, we continue to emphasize farmers as vendors,” said Town Supervisor Paula A. Mahan. “But we also wanted to make the Market a more complete stop for shoppers, offering a wider range of choices from appetizers to dessert.”
As in the past, the Market will continue to feature traditional fare such as vegetables, fruits, flowers, plants, eggs, meats, cheese, dairy products, breads, baked goods, and prepared food.
Among new vendors are Euro-Delicacies, offering Mediterranean prepared foods; Freddie's Rockin' Hummus; Just-A-Thought, featuring spices, herbs, olive oils and rubs, and Fast Trax kettle corn.
Also new to the Market are Longlesson Farms, offering grass-fed angus beef and free-range roaster chickens, and The Original Two Cousins Fish Market, which will sell fresh and frozen seafood from a refrigerated truck.
In addition, the all-volunteer Friends of the William K. Sanford Town Library sells reasonably priced used books from its popular Book Nook stall on Farmers' Market Days, with soft-cover books selling for 50 cents, children's books for 25 cents, and hardcovers for $1.00.
The Farmers' Market at The Crossings was started in 2009 as a community service. It has also helped to fund needed improvements at The Crossings, raising more than $40,000 for the park since 2009.
“Not only has the Farmers' Market become a very popular Saturday gathering place, it has helped the Town make necessary repairs and improvements to the park, with a special focus on the playground. As we all know, it gets a lot of wear and tear,” said Supervisor Mahan.
According to Alicia Osur, Director of Community Services, Farmers' Market proceeds have helped fund repairs and upgrades throughout the park and its Meeting House.
Book Nook proceeds are donated both to The Crossings and the Town Library.
The Farmers' Market is part of the New York State Farmers' Market Nutrition Program and accepts WIC and seniors' farmers market checks. The checks are provided directly to the Colonie seniors by the Town's Senior Resources Department.
In addition, the Farmers' Market at The Crossings is one of the few dog-friendly markets in the Capital Region.
The Farmers' Market at The Crossings will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday from June 2 to September 29, 2012.