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Saratoga Farmers Market one of many in area

Connections to local food becoming more popular

A wide variety of farm goods are plentiful at the Saratoga Famers Market and others throughout the Capital Region. Photo submitted.

A wide variety of farm goods are plentiful at the Saratoga Famers Market and others throughout the Capital Region. Photo submitted.

— “We have a 24/7 open door policy at our farm. We want people to come and see the farm and what we do,” said Kilpatrick.

According to Ten Eyck, there are over 6,000 farmers markets operating nationwide, including many in the Greater Capital District.

Other popular markets in our area include the Troy Farmers Market, Delmar Farmers Market, Schenectady Farmers Market and the Menands Farmers Market.

As many as 19,000 farmers use the markets as their primary marketing method, and over $1 billion in food and farm products are sold each year at the markets. They’re becoming more popular for farmers, consumers and communities alike, especially with the growing buy local movement.

There are approximately 50 markets throughout Albany, Saratoga, Washington, Columbia, Warren, Rensselaer, Schenectady and Schoharie counties. Since markets are not required to be registered with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, this number is likely a conservative one.

The Saratoga Market also operates a market in Clifton Park on Thursday afternoons from 2 to 5 p.m. at St. George’s parking lot and starting in June, they’ll have one on Tuesday afternoons in Malta at the Town Center.

To find a farmers market near you, log on to nyfarmersmarket.com

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