A wonderful display by Balet Flowers and Design, a vendor at Malta's new Farmers Market. Photo Submitted.
continued Although it is a new market, Haight said that there already is great diversity among vendors, and it is set up to be “a really tremendous market place.” The market will also be within walking distance of the new Ellsworth Commons housing development, as well as other nearby businesses and housing.
Malta’s Director of Parks, Recreation and Human Services Audrey Ball has been instrumental in establishing the farmers market.
“Here in our building, we’ll be able to take a break and walk out and buy our cheese and wine,” said Ball.
She said she was optimistic about the community’s response to the market. While it’s hard to say at this point what the turnout will be, she said “the demand” for the market is there, and she expects farmers to do “very well.”
“It’s something that we’d love to have and continue in Malta,” she said.
Along with the Agriculture Viability Plan adopted by the town in 2009, Malta has also adopted the Right to Farm Law in 2011. That action “clarified the town’s support for local agriculture” and gave farmers the right to “do things like direct marketing and agritourism” that have not always been defined under local land use codes, according to Haight.
“The Right to Farm Law was a really important step forward for Malta. The farmers market is kind of a second step forward,” said Haight.
The Malta Farmers Market is a cooperative effort between the Saratoga Farmers Market, Town Supervisor’s office, the Office of Parks & Recreation, and the Malta Open Space, Agricultural and Trails Committee.