TICONDEROGA — The Ticonderoga Area Farmers Market will open Saturday, July 6, and operate through Saturday, Sept. 28. 

Set for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday, it takes place at Wicker Wood (1114 Wicker Street) near the Walmart entrance and across from Christopher Chevrolet Buick.

A large parking area is available in the back of market area.

A number of special events are scheduled to happen at the Ticonderoga Area Farmers Market, according to a press release from the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce, including:

• Grand Opening Festival, Saturday, July 20, with live entertainment by Sometimes Three — Jessica Stoddard, Lance Clark and Mike Donahue.

• StreetFest, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 27, with the Downtown Ticonderoga Festival featuring live music, food, vendors, sidewalk sales, kids activities and much more.

• Friends of the Market Festival, Saturday, Aug. 17: Featuring live music from the Just Passin’ Thru Band.

• Harvest Festival, Saturday, Sept. 21, featuring live music by the Loose Monkeys.

 

FUN FOR CHILDREN

Kids activities will be offered throughout the market season and at special events.

The committee is working with the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to set up refreshment stands for the special markets.

“The season is shaping up to be fantastic, one of the best yet," Ticonderoga Area Farmers Market Adviser June Curtis said in the release.

"Having been involved in the Farmers Market for the past five years, I have come to define our market as the ultimate link between people, business and community.

"We have every reason to believe that 2019 will be a banner year for our market, our farmers and our consumers."

 

NUTRITION PROGRAM

The Ticonderoga Area Farmers Market is a certified farmers market, which means it has market rules that define who can sell and what can be sold at the market.

There is an application process to accept new and returning vendors.

Market advisers are available to answer general inquiries and assist with the necessary paperwork should a vendor wish to certify with the State Department of Agriculture and Markets to be able to participate in the coupon programs.

The Farmers Market Nutrition Program provides coupons for fresh fruits and vegetables to people eligible for WIC and Senior Nutrition programs.

Some of farmers that sell products at the Ticonderoga Market are FMNP-authorized to accept FMNP coupons. Watch for the signs at their booths.

 

RECRUITING

The Farmers Market is continuing to recruit farmers, vendors and volunteers for the 2019 season, special events and more, the release said.

“If you produce a quality food product that is locally grown, farm raised or handmade featuring local materials, you may be interested in participating in the Farmers Market,” Curtis said.

“Farmers are required to grow 50 percent of the fruits and vegetables they offer. All products must be local (produced within a 100-mile radius of Ticonderoga, including Vermont). The market welcomes vendors who offer original goods that complement farmers’ products.

"If you are hesitant to commit to the full season, a flexible schedule is readily offered to encourage participation,” she noted.

 

NEW COORDINATOR

The market is a committee of the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce, but it would not be possible without Curtis, use and maintenance of the property and onsite market assistance/coordination from Carol and Rick Ramundo, Ann Lamb, Dave Flack, farmers, vendors, committee members and other volunteers, the release said.

This year the chamber also welcomes Lily Rasmus as the project and Farmers Market coordinator.

For further information, contact the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce at 518 585-6619 or visit www.ticonderogany.com