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NISKAYUNA – Get ready to get your fresh local greens in Niskayuna: The townplans to launch it’s long-discussed farmers market next month.
The farmers market will start on July 13 and run three times, once a month, before the end of the summer. It will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the side parking lot of the Niskayuna Co-op on Nott Street.
The idea was raised by Supervisor Yasmine Syed last year. After things didn’t work out with a private manager, the town pulled back and surveyed residents in the fall about interest in a farmers market. Results proved support.
On Tuesday, the town appointed a nine-member farmers market committee headed by Beth Greenwood, a recent resident who helped start a farmers market when she was mayor of the town of Tully near Syracuse.
“The ones of us working on it were just really hoping that we could find another way that people could enjoy getting out in Niskayuna,” Greenwood said Tuesday. “Just something small that maybe we could try it out and see if it was something that will work here.”
The town also approved $25 vendor fees. The estimated 10 vendors are still being nailed down, but committee members said they have reached out to local farms, who are excited to participate, and others who sell mushrooms and jewelry.
The only criticism came from resident Lorene Zabin, who said she didn’t want to use taxpayer dollars for the market and worried about parking, traffic and safety on the busy road. The town will pay for insurance, clean-up, and police presence which the police chief previously estimated at $900 for this summer.
A representative from Niskayuna Co-op said the store was excited to partner with the town and wasn’t concerned about traffic. The co-cop said its Chili Cook-off that took place in the same location, also on a Saturday, last year: “went off without a hitch.”
At the next meeting on June 20, the Town Board will vote on a special use permit for the market – three weeks before it’s scheduled to start.
“The farmers market is a wonderful God-given opportunity for Niskayuna,” said committee member Elizabeth Paul on Tuesday. “This will be a wonderful event for future years.”