A wonderful display by Balet Flowers and Design, a vendor at Malta's new Farmers Market. Photo Submitted.
MALTA With the growth going on in Malta, it’s no surprise that a farmers market has come into the mix of commerce there.
Tuesday, June 5, marked the debut of the Malta Farmers Market – a weekly installment of locally produced foods, plants and craft items. Every Tuesday will now host more than 20 vendors on the lawn between the Malta Community Center and Just Meat & Deli on Route 9 from 3-6 p.m. through Oct. 30.
Offerings at the market include a variety of fruits and vegetables, cheeses and yogurts, meats, beer and even wine from a couple of local vineyards.
Deborah Miles Czech, marketing director for the market, said vendors include the Argyle Cheese Factory, Balet Flowers and Design, Amici Vineyard and Quincy Farm.
“Malta has been striving to be friendly to our farmers and our families. The new Malta Farmers Market will benefit both groups and be a tremendous new asset in our downtown neighborhood,” said Malta Supervisor Paul Sausville in a press release. “A new farmers market has been discussed for several years by the town, and we are excited to see this effort moving forward.”
“Malta adopted an Agricultural Viability Plan in 2009 that identified the reestablishment of a Malta farmers market as a priority for the community,” said David Haight, chairman of Malta’s Open Space, Agricultural and Trails Committee.
A smaller farmers market was in Malta a couple of years ago, although it saw limited success due in part to low visibility from Route 9. The new market, however, is highly visible from Route 9.
Officials were “very judicious” in starting the Malta market, taking into consideration growth at the tech campus and the area in general.
“We think this has great potential for growth, and other farmers see that too. … The town has some fantastic staff that have really made things like this possible,” said Haight. “I’m excited because I think there’s a great partnership here. … I think that potentially gives this new market a safe home location, and it’s a partnership with the Saratoga Farmers Market Association. … We’ve gotten a great response.”