May 11, 2013

Farmers and Crafters Market season opens today

PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh Farmers and Crafters Market opens today with a full house of 28 vendors.

The market, located in the pavilion on the southeast end of the Durkee Street parking lot in downtown Plattsburgh, is open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Wednesday hours, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., are added starting June 26.

Market Manager Pat Parker of Parker Family Maple Farm and Gifts said they are “absolutely full.”

One new vendor this year is Katy LaValley, a baker who will offer artisan breads, cakes and pies. 

Another is the Blue Collar Bistro, which will sell sandwiches and a coffee bar.

Parker said DeLish by Irises will also have a space this year.

Robert Norris of Peavine Ridge Arts was setting up his booth Friday morning. He has been at the market for eight years.

”The best way to describe it is it’s fun and family,” he said. “It’s got a good spirit to it.”

Norris offers hand-painted scenes and images on roofing tiles or basswood. He said he even takes special orders; just bring him a photograph, and he will paint the image for you.

Parker said the market will again offer weekly entertainment, such as musician Speedy Arnold. Space will be available for community displays, such as the Master Gardener Program of Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Parker, in her eighth year as manager, thanked Mayor Donald Kasprzak and the City Common Council for their continued support.

She said it is always nice to return to the market and catch up with the friends she has made there, whether vendors or shoppers.

”Our customers are repeat customers,” Parker said.

The market has its own Facebook page: Plattsburgh Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market.

Anyone with questions may contact Parker at 420-4499.

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