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Menands market marks 80 years

Outlet serves as buy local point for wholesale and retail buyers

Vegetables offered from Krug's Brookside Farm in East Schodack at the Capital District Farmers Market on Saturday, June 15. The wholesale and retail farmers market is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year.

Vegetables offered from Krug's Brookside Farm in East Schodack at the Capital District Farmers Market on Saturday, June 15. The wholesale and retail farmers market is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year. Photo by Zan Strumfeld.

— “I can’t speak for the farmers, but I know them well enough to say that their resiliency is incredible. Their season can change within a 12-hour weather pattern. Their crops can go from seedlings to nothing in the matter of one storm,” Hans said.

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Herman Krug, of Krug's Brookside Farm, said the heavy downpours in the few weeks are drowning his crop.

Hans said he’s aware that the farmers are behind this year with their products due to the storms.

“This is what I learn from farmers: they don’t worry. They’ll plant again, they’ll grow again. They can’t control Mother Nature. They can’t control how it plays out,” Hans said. “But what they can do is put the product in the ground new season. The sun will shine and life will go on.”

Check capitaldistrictfarmersmarket.org for a schedule of the year’s special events, which include a Corn Festival on July 20, a Harvest Festival on Sept. 14 and the Pumpkin Festival on Oct. 12.

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