Friday, October 22, 2010

The expanding market season

This winter will see the expansion of year-round farmers’ market opportunities in the Catskills. Over the last few years, Cooperstown and Saugerties have kept their markets going through the winter months. This year, they’ll be joined by Callicoon and (just across the river…) Rhinebeck. Most markets will take a bi-monthly approach to their events by setting up stalls every other weekend. Saugerties will capitalize on monthly holiday weekends to promote their Sunday market with programming highlighting everything from St. Patrick’s Day to Passover. Expect to find featured products such as prepared foods, dairy, storage crops, baked goods, meat and crafts. Nearly every market will offer special events at their markets. Community groups will share information and skills, local chefs will demonstrate cooking techniques, and musicians will entertain the crowd. Most market managers tell us that their markets have developed due to customer demand. Communities are looking for a way to stay connected with farmers and an opportunity to socialize with their neighbors during the long winter season.

CALLICOON Delaware Youth Center
Creamery Road, Callicoon
December through April, 11am to 2pm
Dates include December 19; January 2, 16 & 30; February 13 & 27; March 20; April 10 & 23
(Note, April 23 is a Saturday market)

101 Main Street, Cooperstown
1st and 3rd Saturdays through April, 9am to 2pm
Contact Lynn Weir at

RHINEBECK Rhinebeck Town Hall
80 East Main Street
Alternate Sundays through April, 10am to 2 pm
Contack Cheryl Paff at

SAUGERTIES Saugerties Senior Center
207 Market Street
Holiday weekend Sundays through May, noon to 4pm

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