EDITORIAL: Buy local at your farmers markets

One of the benefits of living in Upstate New York is local farms are all around us. And where there are a lot of farms, there are a lot of farmers markets.

Right now, we’re entering the time of year when outdoor farmers markets are opening. Each one of them affords us the chance to directly support our regional businesses and boost our economy by purchasing their goods. It also gives local growers a chance to bring their goods to parts of the area where access to fresh food is limited.

Albany has several farmers markets within its borders where city residents can get fresh produce and meat directly from the source. The Dana Park Farmers Market sets up shop every Thursday from 8 a.m. to dark at one of the busiest intersections in the city: Madison Avenue at Delaware Avenue and Lark Street. Also on Thursdays, downtown Albany has a farmers market in Maiden Lane Park, while the Delaware Area Neighborhood Farmers Market takes place every Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. beginning next month.

New York state workers have two farmers markets conveniently located to them — the CDPHP Farmers Market on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the State Office Complex on Patroon Creek Boulevard, and the Empire State Plaza Farmers Market Wednesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Concourse. Each location gives workers a place to get fresh produce and other goods without having to drive to the supermarket on the way home.

Suburbs are well served by farmers markets, too. The Town of Bethlehem features three farmers markets: the Delmar Farmers Market on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bethlehem Central Middle School (starting in June), the Bethlehem Grange’s Farmers Market Thursdays from noon until 5 p.m. at the Grange Community Center on State Route 396 in Selkirk and one at the First United Methodist Church on Kenwood Avenue, Tuesdays from 3 to 6 p.m. Beginning in mid-July, The Village of Altamont hosts a small market outside the library, and on June 18, the Voorheesville farmers market opens at the parking lot of the First United Methodist Church on Maple Avenue.

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