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Green groceries: Farmers selling locally grown products in Colonie park

"I'm all out of rhubarb and braising mix," said Arthur Place, of Witenagemot Farms in Schaghticoke. "I had 20 pounds of spinach and it's almost gone."

Place added, "It was a good run for the first day."

Sellers Jim and Cindy Barber, of Barber's Farm, in Middleburgh, also learned what was popular with shoppers.

"We had lettuce and broccoli and some potatoes of last fall and a fair number of hanging baskets that sold pretty quickly," said Jim Barber. "This is primarily a fresh produce market."

Cindy Barber said it is encouraging to see a lot of younger people coming to the farmers market and buying fresh produce to bring home. "It's really great to see that young families are still cooking," she said. "You get people who really want to go home and make something special."

According to Cindy Barber, it is the people who want to bring home fresh vegetables to cook that will keep the farmers market going.

For those who did not feel like cooking, there was homemade soup from Sherry's Kitchen, located at 1226 Central Ave., Albany.

"We will be back every week," said Sherry Skitcher, of Sherry's Kitchen, adding that the company produces about 350 different kinds of homemade soup.

For shoppers more interested in relaxing, Michelle Kwok, a licensed massage therapist, was providing massages at her tent.

Kimberly Guilbault, of Colonie, who was at the farmers market with her children, said she enjoyed the convenience of The Crossings location, which is on the edge of her own yard.

"We are definitely going to come back for more," said Guilbault.

About eight farmers sold their produce at the first farmers market. The Town of Colonie is still taking applications from farmers interested in participating in the market.""

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