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The Saratoga Farmers Market – “Mall Wart” Super Center It’s Not (And That’s A Swell Thing)

Baked goods, fresh herbs, fruits, vegetables,
beef, pork, poultry, eggs, wine, flowers, jams, jellies, natural soaps and
stoneware are just some of the wonderful items to be bought here. Why would
you want to shop anywhere else? And best of all, all of the products are locally
grown or hand-crafted; quality and value over the misguided “Huge Box” mentality of
“always the lowest price.” What a fantastic place to stop on your way home
from work for some salad “fixins’”. You can even have your scissors sharpened by
Mister Edge Sharpening in his mobile facility. Add to that a small live music
by Bob Zinc’s acoustic quartet, Best Of Bluegrass,
to help you relax and you may have found a small bit of heaven. A small melodramatic on my
part maybe but, doesn’t it make sense to support the local small businesses and
farmers as well as your local economy? Can you really place a price tag on
organically grown food? Do we really need another C-average president? There I
go on another rant. Leave it to me to make the Farmer’s Market into a political
statement but, I reckon when you place a pencil to the benefits of buying
locally grown products versus the unknown economic, environmental and unhealthy
ill-effects of those items imported from “XYZ”…..well, let’s just say, the Saratoga Farmers Market,
and any local farmer’s market for that matter, wins
the debate hands down. (Of course, that’s just my
opinion; I could be incorrect – but I don’t reckon so.)

Located on High Rock Avenue (High Rock Park), a small distance from Broadway,
Lake Avenue and down the hill from the City Center, the Saratoga Farmers
Market’s gorgeous open-air facility has a slow-paced laid-back atmosphere. My
visit there last week was very enjoyable.
Cookies, coffee and other food and munchies were available to enhance the
experience and make your shopping more pleasurable. Most of the food vendors
offer free samples. There is plenty
of parking on the street as well as a large parking lot a small distance away. I
didn’t see a problem if you wanted to pull your car to the curb and quickly load up if you bought
more than you could carry.

The family atmosphere was also quite prevalent and some well-behaved children accompanied their parents.
The patrons as well as the vendors
all seemed to be in an elevated mood which I will attribute to the lovely surroundings.
The market also appeared to be a meeting place for some of the locals as various
were spotted conversing pleasantly with others. Bringing your dog along on his leash
didn’t appear to bother anyone.

Mary Jane Pelzer, the “Winter Market Manager” and proprietor of Saratoga Suds
had a funky (did I just say “funky”?) show of homemade soaps.
I declare her the winner of my personal category of “Best Smelling
Booth”. Her protégé, Janice Burns of Wilton, did a superb job of
explaining the many varieties. A few steps down the line and a taste of Pinot
Noir from Mr. Cameron at colebrookwines.com Colebrook
Country Wines booth might strike your fancy. If not, he also has Cherry,
Peach, Apple and Red Currant. Gift baskets are available. He hails from
Gansevoort; the small town with the huge name. Jessica Williams, a/k/a The Shady
Lady, (she also does custom window treatments) can set you up with some “Monkey
Boy” all natural banana “stick-to-the-roof-of-your-mouth” peanut butter from the saratogapeanutbutterco.com Saratoga
Peanut Butter Company. Her product is gluten free and contains no
hydrogenated oils or trans fats and comes in several other flavors.

Around the corner and you can procure some Angus beef from M & A Farms
out of Fort Edward. You won’t find any anti-biotics or growth hormones in their
product as the animals are farm fed. Their farm has been in operation
for over 200 years and they also have fresh eggs, pork and poultry. Huge Richard
Sandora of the northeastcornerherbs.com Northeast Corner Herb Farm in Fort Ann was doing a fine job of
promoting his gourmet sauces, vinegars, seasonings, dip mixes, fresh herbs, gift
baskets and more. His excellent humor was infectious and after several showers and a
trip to my doctor I haven’t been able to get rid of it (of course I mean that in
a nice way). He and his wife Penny ship their wares anywhere in the Continental
United States.

Flowers, flowers, flowers……..the selection is huge. Oligny’s, Dyer’s and
several other flower purveyors provide yet another reason to make the Saratoga Farmers Market a twice-weekly event.
Effie’s Baked Goods offered up plenty of bagels and cookies as well as a wide
variety of what the name implies. And don’t forget fresh strawberries from
Foster Farm while they are still in season. All in all, I found the Saratoga
Farmer’s Market a pleasant experience. The selection is so large that I could
not possibly name every vendor and product available. You will just have to see
for yourself. The outdoor Market is open every Wednesday from 3 to 5pm and
Saturdays 9am to 1pm, May through October. Inclement weather is not a major
problem as most of the venue is under cover.

Patrick Yellen is the Webmaster for SaratogaSuckers.com SaratogaSuckers.com – Saratoga Springs, New York Horse Racing Rants, Raves, Gambling Tips and Tales.

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