A Special Message for a Special Person

If you’ve been a regular to our Sunday markets you’ve probably seen this lovely face walking around in her orange apron. Her name–if you don’t know it already–is Jennifer Jennings. She was our full-time market manager… the one who kept us all in check and made sure the market ran smoothly each week.

This week was her last market. Well, she officially left us for greener pastures in December–but has graciously stayed on to help us in the transition. We are forever thankful to her for that!

But we’d also like to take a moment to thank her for all she’s done for us.

Jennifer was a huge step for us as an organization. She was our first paid full-time employee. She dealt with our mistakes, and helped to keep us (the board, the vendors) in line. She also brought us to the next level, constantly emphasizing our role as an educational organization in the community and bringing her extensive knowledge of food and farms along with her. Under her guidance and urging we formed a set of compliance documents for inspections. She pushed to organize a farm tour and helped us create our Local Harvest Dinner event. She found and applied for grants, and did many, many other things that I won’t list. She was our superwoman. We will miss her.

Jen, thank you for all you’ve done for us. We weren’t always easy to work with, but you managed to stick with us for years and push us to be better. Good luck in all your future endeavors!

Schenectady Greenmarket Donates Over 3,000 Meals

Before our last market of the year on Sunday, Schenectady Greenmarket would like to pause and thank our vendors and customers for another successful year. As a community-run and community-oriented organization, we like to give back to the community as much as possible. This year, we’re happy to announce the end of another bountiful growing season and the generous donation by our vendors of over 3700 lbs. of fresh, local and nutritious food to City Mission of Schenectady.

Since the beginning of Schenectady Greenmarket in 2008, farm vendors have donated excess produce to help fight food insecurity in Schenectady. Starting in 2014, the market began working with its partners MVP Health Care, the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, City Mission of Schenectady and the Schenectady Ambassadors to bring unsold food to the City Mission. The partnership has been fruitful, with over 11,800 lbs. of food or roughly 9800 meals donated in the last two years. This year alone, from June through October, the market donated over 3100 meals to its neighbors in need.

“The market is once again amazed by the support of our vendors and the success of the donation program,” said Jennifer Jennings, Market Manager for Schenectady Greenmarket. “We have been able to provide thousands of meals to our neighbors in downtown Schenectady in a short period of time. This important milestone would not be possible without the generosity of our vendors and the partnerships we have built with MVP Health Care, City Mission, the Ambassadors and the Regional Food Bank.”

What People Are Saying

City Mission of Schenectady

“City Mission of Schenectady relies heavily upon the generosity of its partners to achieve our goal of feeding the hungry in the community.  Our partnership with the Schenectady Greenmarket has been instrumental in our efforts to provide fresh fruits and vegetables of high quality to the community,” said Chris Silipigno, Associate Executive Director of Business and Donor Development.  “We are so grateful for the Schenectady Greenmarket’s willingness to come together to fight food insecurity… and build community in the process.”

MVP Health Care

“Schenectady Greenmarket plays a significant role in combating food insecurity in Schenectady, and the community has benefited greatly as a result of the collaboration of farmers, vendors and community organizations working together to get nutritious food to those in need.  We’re proud to be part of an effort that helps provide thousands of meals annually to feed people who might not otherwise have access to fresh and healthy food.  The program is perfectly aligned with our vision of creating the healthiest communities possible,” said Denise Gonick, MVP Health Care President and CEO, “and we look forward to continuing our support.”

Regional Food Bank

“The Regional Food Bank would like to thank the Schenectady Greenmarket, along with its farmers and vendors, for partnering with the Food Bank and the City Mission of Schenectady to recover fresh and nutritious food at the market each week,” said Khali Coulter, Food Industry Relations Coordinator for the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. “This year alone, their generosity has made it possible to provide nearly 3,100 meals to those in need.”

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara said, “A gem in our community, the Schenectady Greenmarket taps into the area’s diverse agricultural landscape to connect people with the fresh, homegrown, local foods and products they want, adding something unique and special to our beautiful downtown area. The market is also a great community partner that gives back, and this year’s donation of meals to the City Mission will once again make a big difference for our families.”

The New Temporary Market Layout

The market looks a little different this year. Here’s why…

Many of you have noticed that this year’s Winter Market at Proctors looks a lot different than in years past. You may not have seen your favorites or know where to find them. You may be thinking that we’ve actually lost some of our main vendors.

There’s good news! The market hasn’t shrunk. We currently have 65 vendors and they are all on one floor.

Why did we change the layout?

Both elevators at Proctors are broken. This means that our produce vendors cannot get their goods downstairs. Proctors has been able to secure the use of Key Hall for November with one stipulation – no prepared food or produce vendors in that space. This meant that we had to create a whole new layout for the market.

For November – We’re in Key Hall!

Here is a list of all the vendors that are in Key Hall:

  • Funk Farms
  • Sistah’s Vintage Aprons
  • Ali Herrmann
  • The Food Florist
  • Mrs. London’s
  • Simply Kombucha
  • Ole McDonald Honey
  • Battenkill Creamery
  • Painted Goat
  • Country Hearth Baking
  • Underground Alchemy
  • Electric Cookie Jar
  • Assembly Coffee Roasters
  • Slate Valley Farm
  • Skinner’s Sugarbush
  • Our Daily Bread
  • R.S. Taylor & Sons Brewing
  • Rad Soap
  • Healthy Gourmet Kitchen
  • 3 Chicks and a P
  • Vital Eats
  • Josephine’s Wholegrain Baking
  • Healing Path Massage
  • Merry Hill Farm

We have signs up directing customers so that you can easily find your favorites. Please ask volunteers you see as well.

Here’s the thing…

We are hoping that the elevator is up and running by the beginning of December. When that happens, we will go back to our normal layout. Until then, be sure to visit the entire market. Our vendors will be happy to see you!

Layout Map in PDF Form

What’s fresh this week – November 6, 2016

What’s fresh this week – November 6, 2016

We are moving inside Proctors!

It’s the first Sunday of November so you will find the market inside Proctors, where the weather is always perfect.   Come  and celebrate the start of our exciting Winter Market. Stop by and visit with your favorite vendors, meet our newest additions and discover the creative, delicious treats all of our 60 plus vendors have for you. Wondering where your favorite vendors are located? Stop by the market information table for the answer, our volunteers are more than happy to help you out!  Click here to find more information.

Join us for the Local Harvest Dinner

The market will hold its annual Local Harvest Dinner fundraiser on November 10th. Spend a wonderful evening with friends enjoying live music, a silent auction, and some of the best fall food from our vendors. What a great way to support your market and our mission to bring local farmers and artisans to downtown Schenectady!

Purchase tickets online here or visit us at the Market Tent on Sunday!

 

Specials From Our Vendors

Bon Bon Brazil NY:  The flavors of fall are here! “Celebrate fall with Pumpkin Spice Brigadeiros from Bon Bon Brazil NY! Bon Bon Brazil NY has a variety of carefully crafted sweet treats with a depth of flavor and texture that will make them your favorite.”

Electric Cookie Jar will have: First indoor market, so excited for the upcoming holiday season. This week we will have Mexican Hot Chocolate, Spiced Sweet Potato Blondie (vegan) and Pub cookies (Chocolate chips, honey peanuts, and Black Creek Stout from R.S. Taylor and Sons Brewery).

Healing Path Massage will have Jennifer and Jean Marie offering chair massage this Sunday. Jackets off your sore raking muscles and let us help relax you.

Healthy Gourmet Kitchen: Fresh kale pesto, basil pesto and our full line of no sugar added jams, salsas, dips and seasoning mixes. We will also have some freshly dried herb infused salts

Hope Valley Farm will have:  Tomatoes, lettuce, salad mix, baby spinach, curly & tuscano kale, yellow red & blue potatoes, arugula, butternut & acorn, & carnival squash, 4 kinds of garlic, pickled scapes, garlic pesto, prepped Brussel Sprouts, red & napa cabbage, , parsley plants, and more.

Lovin’ Mama Farm:  CERTIFIED ORGANIC pea shoots and micro greens including micro arugula, micro cilantro, micro kale mix, sweet and spicy mustard mix, spicy radish mix, micro herb mix, vitality mix, cat grass, and living trays for $4! CERTIFIED ORGANIC field greens, including washed and bagged spinach, dino kale, red russian kale, ruby red and orange chard.  Chile pepper wreathes.

Mariaville Farm: Dry Aged Black Angus beef, pasture raised pork and 8 types of sausages. Grass fed lamb and free roaming chicken.

Merry Hill Farm: Alpaca yarn and fiber for all your holiday crafts.  Alpaca socks, gloves, hand knit hats and scarves, felted hats and innersoles to keep you warm and fashionable this winter.

Mosaics by Christine has lots of warm, colorful gifts for the holidays…tables, lazy Susans, chess set, skulls!

Nine Pin will have Last few cases of Hunny pear and Limited reserve Ida Red

Puckers Gourmet LLC:  We are proud to be a part of the winter market!  Join us this weekend to welcome the winter season with an abundant offering of fermented delectables. We have even managed to make a few more ghosts pepper pickles for the opening weekend of our indoor season!

Saratoga Peanut Butter Co:  SEASONAL BLENDS ARE BACK! Gingerbread PB, Mistletoe PB, Pumpkin PB, Two Gift Pack options!  Come sample our favorite seasonal blends and see our sweet gift packs!

Taj Mahal Restaurant: Enjoy protein rich Hot Lentil Soup and beat the cold.

Variety Vendors

1857 Distillery

Country Heart

Electric City Roasters

Highland Farm

Mosaics by Christine

Nine Pin Cider

Sistah’s Vintage Aprons

Underground Alchemy

Windy Hill Goat Dairy

What’s special this week?

Market Stage

Running the River

Community Table

Nutrition and Outreach Program, Catholic Charities, Schenectady.  Stay Healthy with SNAP.

The Market is Moving Indoors THIS Sunday

indoor-marketSchenectady Greenmarket kicks off its 2016 Winter Market this Sunday, November 6, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. inside Proctors. The Winter Market is home to more than 65 vendors from the area and is a one-stop-shop for groceries, take-away meals and artisanal items. Customers can find farm fresh produce, meats and eggs in addition to baked goods, international foods and hand-crafted goods. The lively atmosphere and quality vendor selection helped Schenectady Greenmarket recently rank as the 13th most popular farmers market in the country by an American Farmland Trust poll.

The 2016 Winter Market season will feature many customer favorites in addition to new vendors including Bon Bon Brasil, Lovin’ Mama Farm and Saratoga Apple among others. Bon Bon Brasil crafts chocolates and confectionaries in the Brazilian tradition. Lovin’ Mama Farm offers certified organic micro greens all season long. Saratoga Apple will offer low-spray apples along with vegetables throughout the winter season. Full details about these and all of our vendors is available here.

“We are excited to welcome our customers and the greater Schenectady community to our Winter Market inside Proctors,” said Jennifer Jennings, market manager. “The market’s success throughout the year is due to the quality of our vendors, our unique setting and the dedicated people who support us every week. The new vendors we welcome to this year’s market have been chosen due to their amazing products and the positive impact they will have for the overall product mix available to our customers.”

Schenectady Greenmarket is a producer-only market featuring high-quality products from local farmers, food producers and artisans. Before the start of the two market seasons, the vendor relations committee reviews applications which are then voted on by the market’s board of directors. Vendor selections are made to ensure a diverse marketplace with the highest standards, a dynamic range of vendors, varying price points and overall product selection. Priority in selection is given to regional farmers and producers who bring products 100% grown and produced in Schenectady, around New York State and within a 100 mile radius of Schenectady.

In addition to vendors of local foods and artisanal goods, the market offers live music, cooking and gardening demonstrations from community experts, children’s activities and a community table. The market’s festive atmosphere has helped it garner local and national recognition as a top farmers market.

Here are some helpful links for shopping at the market:

What’s Fresh This Week – September 18

What’s Fresh This Week – September 18

What’s FRESH This Week
Fresh produce and FUN right
in Downtown Schenectady!
Summer is winding down but the Greenmarket is not!  Don’t miss the Schenectady Greenmarket this Sunday to get some of the final summer harvests.  
Schenectady Greenmarket Presents:  
2016 FARM TOUR
Saturday October 1st, 2016
Friends and families of the Schenectady Greenmarket are invited to get an inside look into how our favorite local foods are crafted and grown. The tour will include activities for the entire family!   Please click here to find out more information and purchase tickets.

Specials From Our Vendors

Electric Cookie Jar:  Lemon Bars and Key Lime Shortbread (vegan). New flavors this week are Gingersnap and Pumpkin Spice (diabetic).

Healing Path Massage: Chair massages offered by Stephanie and Deborah…only every other Sunday!  Stop and see how we can ease the soreness out of your muscles.

Hope Valley Farm:  Tomatoes on SALE, lettuce, salad mix, kale, peppers, yellow squash, zucchini, cuke’s, garlic, swiss chard, new potatoes, sweet onions, unsprayed corn, indoor plants, mums, arugula, delicata, acorn, butternut squash, and gourmet Haricort beans.

Painted Goat Farm: Feta, Chorizo sausage, breakfast sausage, Italian sausage.

Taj Mahal Restaurant: Get our home-made Taj Mahal Restaurant spices to cook your own tasty dishes. Garam Masala, Turmeric, Roasted Cummin and all purpose Spice Mix.

Schedule:

Market Stage

10:00-11:45am:
Craic Agus Ceol 
12:00-2:00pm:
Mark Baptiste
Local Expert
Fresh Taste Table from Jen Sternfeld, Dinner Vacations

Variety Vendors

Ali Herrmann
Assembly Coffee Roasters
D&W Farm and Animal Rescue
Electric Cookie Jar
Good Day Honey
Healing Path Massage
Painted Goat Farm
Saratoga Crackers
Skinners Sugarbush
Smyth/Cid Pottery
Spoonbound
Springbrook Hollow Farm Distillery
Underground Alchemy

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