Farmers market has a local flavor

Develin said she has only been in business for two years, and coming to the fair has been great exposure for her.

Residents hoping to snag fresh corn or blueberries have to get to the market early because vendors usually sell out.

Stephanie Stanislowski's family owns Eagle's View Farms on Route 29 in Galway. The Stanislowskis sell blueberries every Thursday and Saturday at the market, as well as providing blueberries to the Gideon Putnam Hotel and letting people pick their own on the farm.

The market runs from 3 6 p.m. on Thursdays, and Stanislowski was packed up by 4:45 p.m last week. "We usually bring about 85 pounds of blueberries and sell out each day," she said.

Residents also enjoy and look forward to fresh baked goods at the market.

Emily Domiano owns the Saratoga Cookie Company, which is a big attraction at the farmer's market. She bakes her own gourmet cookies in her home using butter, not shortening.

Domiano said she uses high- quality ingredients, such as roasted peanuts, freshly grated nutmeg and huge raisins in her cookies.

Domiano runs a successful business, shipping cookies across the country.

Each cookie costs 90 cents, and she sells a dozen for $9.99. "During Christmas I am very busy. I usually bake over 15,000 cookies in 4 weeks," she said.

Local residents go to the farmer's market to talk with one another and support local agriculture and businesses.

Carrie Curvin lives in the neighborhood and said she walks down to the market with her young son Noah every week. "I like to support local businesses, and my son flirts with the vendors," she said. Curvin said she always buys blueberries, if they aren't gone, and cookies.

Sarah McKinley and her young daughter go to the market every week, too. McKinley said doesn't worry about the cost of the produce. "I don't really worry about it, supporting local businesses is more important to me," she said.

Renee Kakati is a massage therapist in town. She loves getting involved with the community and comes to the farmers market whenever she can. "In the summer, I'd like to not buy my produce in the grocery store," she said.

The Ballston Spa Farmer's Market is from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursdays and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays, until Sept. 30. For information, contact the Ballston Spa Business and Professional Organization at 885-2772.


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