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Five Farmers Markets To Visit Around The Capital Region

Five Farmers Markets To Visit Around The Capital Region

Get ready to fill your tote bags and bellies with delicious, farm fresh veggies and scour the streets for fun locally-made artisanal goods, handmade with love! It's outdoor farmers market season soon and we're gearing up for a season full of vibrant bouquets, tasty turnips, nutritious smoothies, hot foods, stunning artwork, holistic tinctures, and more! Here are five of our favorite farmers markets in and around the Capital Region of Upstate New York that we highly suggest you to visit. So grab a coffee, wear your comfiest pair of shoes, and get ready to explore the bustling stalls and eclectic offerings that await.

1. Troy Waterfront Farmers Market | Saturdays from 9am - 2pm

Troy Farmers Market | Five Farmers Markets To Visit Around The Capital Region by Upstate of Mind

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Experience the heart and soul of our hometown at the Troy Waterfront Farmers Market! Local farmers bring their freshest produce straight from the fields, while food vendors offer delicious treats like artisanal cheeses and specialty coffees. Plus, discover the array of handmade treasures from local makers, including jewelry and pottery, and stroll amongst the adjacent small businesses that surround the market (like ours!) - It's truly a celebration of community and creativity you won't want to miss! 

2. Saratoga Farmers Market | Saturdays from 9:30am - 1:30pm

Saratoga Farmers Market | Five Farmers Markets To Visit Around The Capital Region by Upstate of Mind

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This producers-only market showcases local treasures, from fresh produce to handcrafted goods, all while fostering a vibrant atmosphere with amazing live music! Dedicated to sustainable agriculture and slow food practices, the market serves as a beacon of support for local farmers and small businesses. Established in the late summer of 1978, it has since flourished, finding a permanent home at the outdoor pavilion in High Rock Park. When the sun is bright and the skies are blue, walking through the market is an experience definitely worth checking out!


3. Empire State Plaza Farmers Market | Wednesdays 10am - 2pm

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Discover the freshest flavors of the season at the Empire State Plaza Farmers Market! From crisp produce to creamy cheeses and irresistible baked goods, there's something for everyone. As part of the New York State Fresh Connect program, their mission is to serve local communities by bringing fresh food to under-served areas, promoting nutrition education, and supporting local jobs.


4. Spa City Farmers Market | Sundays from 10am - 2pm

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Located in the scenic Saratoga Spa State Park, it's the ultimate destination for all things local and lively. With top-notch vendors offering the best of the best, you're guaranteed to find something special. And here's the best part: it's totally family-friendly, including your furry pals during the summer! From fun activities for the kids to live music and plenty of space to kick back, this market has it all. Plus, with ample free parking, getting here is a breeze.


5. Schenectady Green Market | Sunday 10am - 2pm

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Since its establishment in 2008, the market has been a cornerstone of downtown Schenectady, fostering connections between urban and rural communities to promote a sustainable food system. With over 60 diverse vendors, the Schenectady Greenmarket offers a bountiful selection of fresh produce, artisanal goods, and crafts, ensuring there's something for everyone to enjoy! The market's commitment to giving back also shines through as vendors generously donate surplus produce, bread, and eggs to support the City Mission of Schenectady week after week.


What's in season? Here are some foods that are available at certain times of the year:


Arugula, asparagus, beets, bok choy, carrots, chard, chives, fiddleheads, garlic scapes, gooseberries, herbs, kale, lettuce, morels, mustard greens, ramps, rhubarb, radishes, scallions, snap and snow peas, spinach, strawberries, turnips.


Arugula, basil, beets, blueberries, bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cilantro, chard, collard greens, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, fennel, garlic, grapes, green beans, ground cherries, herbs, hot peppers, kohlrabi lavender, leeks, lettuce, melons, mint, mustard greens okra, oregano, onions, parsley, peaches, pears, plums, radishes, rapini, raspberries, rhubarb, rosemary, rutabaga, sage, scallions, shallots, snap and snow peas, string beans, summer squash, sweet peppers, tomatillos, tomatoes, thyme, turnips, zucchini.


Apples, brussels sprouts, carrots, cabbages, cauliflower, chard, chicories, celery, celery root, collard greens, corn, eggplant, endives, fennel, ginger, green beans, ground cherries, herbs, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, mustard greens, okra, onions, pawpaw, potatoes, pumpkins, radishes, rapini, scallions, spinach, shell beans, squash, sweet potatoes, tomatillos, tomatoes.


Beets, blackberries, brussels sprouts, cabbages, carrots, cauliflower, cranberries, celery, celery root, eggplant, fennel, ground cherries, herbs, horseradish, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, onion, parsnip, pumpkins, squash, spinach, turnips.


Dried herbs, dried flowers, storage crops such as carrots, sweet potatoes, potatoes, beets, and garlic.

Why is it important to eat seasonally? Eating seasonal food is great because it's fresher, tastier, and often cheaper. It supports local farmers and reduces environmental impact by cutting down on long-distance transportation. Plus, it helps us feel more connected to the natural cycle of food production and encourages us to get creative in the kitchen with fresh ingredients!



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