Church parking lot houses more than a market

The farmers market at the First United Methodist Church is a part of the Capital District Farmers Market Association, one of the oldest groups in the region that helps to bring together farmers and buyers of local goods. Merchants who go to the market in town have to be a part of the association and are voted into local area markets on the basis of keeping everyone balanced.

"You don't want to have three bakers or overwhelm someone with produce," Geurtze said.

Martel said the Delmar farmers market is not the only one he goes to during the week, going to two others -- one in Ballston Spa on Saturdays and one at Empire Plaza in Albany.

For the farmers, this is a great way to get their goods out to local buyers and remind those in the area that there are different options than the local supermarket chain.

"It's a great place to come for fresh produce, and you know that its all locally grown and not shipped in like some of the grocery stores," said Geurtze.

"I make anywhere around $150 to $300. It costs me $50 in gas just to go 100 to 125 miles per week," said Martel laughing. "We make a living somehow."

The farmers market at the First United Methodist Church takes places every Tuesday in the summer from 2:30 to 6 p.m.""

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