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Outdoor farmers market set to open

Market's 32nd season kicks off May 3

— The Schenectady Farmers Market will soon hit the streets and open for its 32nd season.

The Downtown Market location at Schenectady City Hall will be open starting May 3 on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Beginning June 12, the St. Luke’s Farmers’ Market will run every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1241 State St.

The Schenectady Farmers Market Board of Directors approved its vendor roster for the 2012 market season. A new addition to the market this year is Cashin’s Farms from Fultonville.

Returning vendors include:

  • Altamont Orchards (Altamont)
  • Acadian Farm (St. Johnsville)
  • Brickhouse Cakery (Schenectady)
  • Santina DiCocco (Schenectady)
  • Don Baker Farm (Hudson)
  • Eight Mile Creek Farm (Westerlo)
  • Elderberry Mary (Berne)
  • Fort Hunter Farms (Rotterdam)
  • Josephine’s Whole Grain Baking (Scotia)
  • Natural Bridge Farm (Amsterdam)
  • Pooler Family Farms (Amsterdam)
  • Truffles Cupcakes (Schenectady)

Early season crops available will include flowering baskets, houseplants and certified organic vegetable seedlings for the home gardener. Other vendors will bring regional wines and small-batch jams and jellies. The bakers are returning this year with a wide variety of homemade breads, cupcakes, cookies and other baked goods. As the growing season continues, additional farmers and vendors will bring their products to the markets.

Two hours of free parking are available at the Downtown Market in the lot off Franklin Street just north of Jay Street. The bus stop at State and Clinton Street is a short walk from City Hall; it is served by CDTA bus routes 351, 354 and 905.

Unlimited free parking is available for Tuesday marketgoers in the St. Luke’s Church parking lot. Bus routes 905 and 531 all have stops within walking distance of the church.

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