Thursday, November 14, 2019

Winter Farmers Markets in the Adirondack Region

With the fresh snow on the ground, perhaps making sure you get your servings of local vegetables, meat, and dairy isn’t at the top of your list. But there are ways to enjoy that farm fresh flavor at various locations around the Adirondacks, while still enjoying the new snow – winter farmers markets.

Adirondack shops like Lake Placid’s Green Goddess Natural Market, Saranac Lake’s Nori’s Village Market, or Keeseville Farmacy provide wonderful year-round local produce. You can also stop by the farms and buy directly from our local farmers. The region’s indoor farmers markets offer a variety of vendors, one-stop shopping, and a fun way to meet the folks who are growing your food.

In Saranac Lake, the indoor Farmers’ Market continues through the end of December each Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm in the lobby of the Hotel Saranac. Each Saturday the list of producers does vary with vendors bringing, meat, dairy, eggs, herbal remedies, distilled products, cheese, bread, and crafts.

The Snowy Grocery in Upper Jay is held each Sunday from 10 am to 1 pm through Christmas. Housed at the Sugarhouse Creamery, The Snowy Grocery is a mixture of products from area producers. Ask if you can visit their herd of Brown Swiss cows.

Just outside the Blue Line, the Glens Falls Farmer’s Market recently transitioned to its winter home at the Sanford Street Elementary School. Each Saturday from 9 am to noon through April 25, 2020.

And a little farther south, Saratoga Springs moved its Saturday Farmer’s Market to a new location at the Wilton Mall. With over 50 vendors, the Saratoga market runs from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm through April 2020.

Adirondack Harvest is a great resource to search for local farmers and farm stands. There is also a list of farmers’ markets and the ability to contact farms directly to explore a local farm share CSA.  Through these winter markets, enjoying local food doesn’t have to be a challenge.

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Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time. She writes about ways to foster imaginative play through fun-filled events and activities in the Adirondack region.

From her home in Saranac Lake, Diane also writes a weekly family-oriented newspaper column for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and keeps her own blog Adirondack Family Time. Her writing and photography has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, marketing companies and advertising agencies.

She even finds time to assist her husband with Adirondack Expeditions guiding families and young adults in the High Peaks.

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