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Green groceries: Farmers selling locally grown products in Colonie park

There was spinach, homemade soup, cookies, corn, flower baskets and back rubs.

The first-ever farmers market at The Crossings in Colonie was a success, according to shoppers who experienced the fruits and vegetables that farmers from throughout the Capital District had to offer Saturday, June 7.

The opening bell was rung at 9 a.m. Saturday by town Supervisor Paula Mahan, indicating the start of a season of fresh produce, baked goods, maple syrup and other products sold by farmers who were invited by the Town of Colonie to participate.

My husband and I got a letter from the town asking us if we wanted to be part of the Farmers Market, said Margaret Partridge, representing Partridge Sugar House, in Ashland, which lies in the Catskill Mountains.

Partridge said that she and her husband, Kevin, produce maple products.

"So far it looks like we've sold the most of these 500-milliliter (jugs) of pure maple syrup."

According to Alison McLean, confidential aide to Mahan, farmers could rent a 10-by-10-foot space for $175 and a 10-by-16-foot space for $225.

"And the great thing about it is that the farmers pay that price to have the space all summer," said McLean.

The farmers market will take place every Saturday until Sept. 26.

Bowman Farms, a pick-your-own farm that grows small fruits, chose to have the larger space for the duration of the market.

"It feels great to be a part of the farmers market," said Martha Bowman, who runs the farm with her husband, Kevin Bowman. Bowman said Saturday that they sold out of strawberries quickly and will have to bring more next time.

One shopper said she would have liked to see more strawberries at the next market, which will be held Saturday, June 14.

Items seemed to be selling out quickly Saturday, as the temperatures climbed.

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