COLONIE – The Farmers’ Market at The Crossings will kick off its 12th season on Saturday, May 18 and will be open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Sept. 28.
The market will feature 50 new and returning vendors, live music and a featured clown each week. There will also be an occasional story hour for children.
Opening Day will feature 2017 Blues Artist of the year Jimy Grahm and balloon sculptures by Q.T. the Clown, both from 10:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. The story hour will begin at 11 a.m.
“On summer Saturdays, it’s really fun to stop by the Farmers’ Market. There’s a great mix of fresh produce and locally produced specialty items,” said Colonie Supervisor Paula Mahan. “Plus, it’s a good place to meet and greet your Colonie friends and neighbors.”
The Farmers’ Market is part of the New York State Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program and accepts WIC and seniors’ farmer’s market checks, which are provided directly to qualifying seniors age 60 and over by the Town’s Senior Resources Department.
It is also one of the few dog-friendly markets in the Capital District.
Live music by different acts will perform on every market day. Story Hours will be presented by Colonie librarians Beth Bomba or Rose Stuart at 11 a.m. in the Gazebo or, if it rains, the Barn Gathering Room. In addition to opening day, Story Hours will be held on June 8, July 20, Aug. 24 and Sept. 28.
Also, the all-volunteer Friends of the William K. Sanford Town Library will again be selling reasonably priced used books from its popular Book Nook stall.
As in year’s past, the market will feature traditional fare such as vegetables, fruits, flowers, plants, herbs, eggs, meats, spices, organic products, jams, breads, and baked goods, including gluten-free and vegan items.
The market will also feature spirits, wine, beer, hard cider, oils, vinegars, pickles, maple syrup, chocolates, jerky, coffee, teas, popcorn, chips, lemonade, Italian ices, honey, soaps, therapeutic oils, lotions, candles, beeswax, and beauty and massage products – plus pre-prepared Italian, Mediterranean, and traditional cuisine, and dog treats.
New vendors include:
• Aloe Vera Naturals (soaps and lotions)
• Awestruck Hard Ciders
• Bee Hollow Farm
• Common Hands Farm (Biodynamic Vegetable Farm)
• Goodway Bakery (rum cakes & macaroons)
• Indie Vibez (Reiki crystal infused bath/body products)
• Muddy Trail Jerky Co.
• Oliver’s Café (6 varieties of crepes)
• Saratoga CBD (hemp extract products)
• Saratoga Chocolate Co.
• ScentiMisk Baked Goodies
• The Cabbage Cove (fermented raw cabbage)
• Tierra Farm (organic nuts, dried fruit and coffee)
• Truly Delectable Delights (baked goods)
• Worldlings Pleasure (gourmet cheese spreads)
• Young Living Essentials Oils
Returning vendors are: Adirondack Kettle Korn; A Natural Way Café; Albany Distilling Company; Barber Family Farm; Bard Farm; Bird Haven Bakery; Buhrmaster Fruit & Produce; Burger Farm; Cascade Mountain Winery; Desserts by Design; Engelke Farms & Gardens; Euro Delicacies; Fried Dough at its Best; George’s Market & Nursery; Grab Farm/Tarbox Farm; Home Style Enterprises; I’m N.O.T. Gonna Get Ticked; Jiff-E-Chips; Kristy’s Barn; Krug Farms; Maternal Medical Massage; Meadowbrook Dairy; Mountain Winds Farm; Mugzy’s Barkery; 9J Greenhouses; Ole McDonald Honey Farm; Our Daily Bread; Penny Lane Premium Ices; Short & Stout Teas; Spacey Tracy’s Jarred Pickles; Sweet Bacon Therapy; Table 41 Brewing Company; Testa’s Pantry; The Food Florist; The Healing Meals; Tumeric Store; Willow Run Suds & Scents.