Dreaming of beautiful gardens

Believe it or not, now is the time to start planning your garden. This Sunday the Schenectady County Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer all your gardening questions and give advice on the best way to start seeds indoors.

Looking for a little garden inspiration? Check out this site. The Old Farmer’s Almanac has tons of sample plans, videos and other great resources.

Photo by Laura Rush via Flickr

 What’s fresh 

Barbers Farm: The cold weather and snow are keeping us out of our hoop houses and away from our lovely greens! We hope to be back next week with delicious, fresh produce.

Bella Terra Farm: Turkey bacon, naturally smoked with no nitrates, turkey parts, wings, drumsticks and thighs, boneless turkey breast roast too! Herbal vinegar, elderberry syrup, all natural cough syrup and fire cider too.

Café NOLA: We’re inside the market this week so stop by and see us. Blackened catfish, mac & cheese, dirty rice and freshly squeezed lemonade.

Earthly Remedies by Erin: NEW perfume and cologne roll-ons and sprays! Now back in stock – hand and face cream.

Healing Path Massage: Jennifer and John will be offering chair massage this Sunday. Stop by and let them help you with your sore, cold, winter muscles. You’ll be glad you did!

Merry Hill Farm: Alpaca yarn, roving, knitting and felting kits. Alpaca socks, gloves, mittens, hats, scarves and felted boot inserts. This week we’ll have felted hats in new colors!

Saratoga Crackers Co.: We have a new creation from the crackery! Hot pepper cheddar will be available this Sunday. Pick up this and your other favorites at the market this week!

Variety Vendors

Earthly Remedies by Erin
Hudson-Chatham Winery
Pika’s Farm Table
Skinner’s Sugarbush
Smyth/Cid Pottery
Studio 55
Susie’s Climax Creations
Tara Kitchen


Market Stage:
10-12  Blame Arthur Guinness
12-2   Deb Fish and the Crowd Pleasers

Lower Stage:
10-12  Kurt Siegel
12-2   Jody Radez

Local Expert
Schenectady County Master Gardeners

Community Tables
Habitat for Humanity
Market Survey

What’s fresh this week – December 14th

Holiday entertaining

The Holiday Season is in full swing. The whirlwind of activity often means one party after another. Are you hosting a party and looking for something spectacular? The market has amazing items that will make your table shine. Are you a guest and in need of a hostess gift? Our vendors can help you out with that too!

Pick up your Schenectady Greenmarket gift certificates!

Looking for the perfect gift for your favorite foodie? Stop by the market table and pick up our Holiday gift certificate.

This week’s featured vendor:   Mariaville Mushroom Men

 What’s fresh

Barbers Farm: Butternut squash, 5 wonderful varieties of winter-keeping potatoes including Adirondack Blue, Salem, Red, Keuka Gold, Russet and Washburn; celeriac, beets, garlic, cabbage, onions and kale.

Bella Terra Farm: Fresh whole turkey ($3.50/lb.), frozen turkey tenders ($8/lb.). Try our herbal vinegars, the perfect hostess gifts; available in garlic/basil, chive, dill/cucumber, sage/apple, lemon basil/lemon ($6/ea.).

Café NOLA: Holiday gumbo, blackened chicken or catfish, grilled portabella mushroom, dirty rice, mac & cheese, freshly squeezed lemonade and iced tea too!

Earthly Remedies by Erin: We will have tons of allergy/sinus bags, wool dryer balls and stocking stuffers for your holiday shopping.

Healing Path Massage: Jean Marie and Wendell will be offering chair massage for $1/minute. Try 10 to 15 minutes and see how they can help ease the effects of Holiday stress – you’ll be glad you did! Gift certificates available for your Holiday shopping.

Hope Valley Farm: Brussels sprouts, broccoli, beets, arugula, spinach, kale, chard, acorn squash, baby lettuce, baby pac choi, red and white potatoes, red and yellow onions, garlic, garlic pesto, pickled garlic scapes, believe it or not – a few tomatoes, fingerling potatoes, Holiday wreaths and swags too.

Hudson-Chatham Winery: Stop by this week and pick up your wines for the Holiday Season. This is our last appearance prior to Christmas and we will have lots for you. Check out our sparkling wine, sweet wines, dessert wines and our award-winning dry white and red wines. Complimentary gift wrapping!

Mariaville Mushroom Men: Find us at the top of the stairs this week as the featured vendor. We will have fresh mushrooms and many ideas for your holiday gift giving including grow your own mushroom kits and gift baskets. Stop and say “hi” to Bobby the mushroom man!

Merry Hill Farm: Alpaca yarn and fiber, felted hats, knit hats and scarves, socks, gloves and mittens. Knitting and felted kits. Gift certificates available!

The New England Fudge Co.: Fresh gourmet fudge, truffles, almond butter crunch, peppermint patties, wintergreen patties and more. Lots of last minute gifts for the foodie on your list.

R&G Cheese: We offer a variety of cheeses for your holiday planning including Gavin’s blue goat cheese mini wheels and a new herb encrusted semi-firm goat cheese in 4 oz. wedges and mini wheels. Our pumpkin chevre will be available until the end of the year!

Saratoga Crackers: Chocolate peppermint is back for a limited time. Our Christmas cracker is meticulously made using raw organic cacao nibs, pure peppermint and slightly kissed with raw sugar. It’s the perfect complement to a cup of hot tea or cocoa.

Susie’s Climax Creations: This Sunday we will have Cornish game hens, duck and be sure to reserve your Holiday Goose! Also stop by for our jelly, jams and pickled items too.

Variety Vendors

Earthly Remedies by Erin
Hudson-Chatham Winery
Pika’s Farm Table
Skinner’s Sugarbush
Smyth/Cid Pottery
Susie’s Climax Creations
Tara Kitchen


Market Stage:

10-12   Kitchen Jazz
12-2   Anonymous Fig Leafs


Lower Level:

10-12   Erin Powers


Local Expert:

Niskayuna Consumers Cooperative


From one of our customers

From one of our customers

Observations at the Farmers Market

By Patricia Marré

They come in all shapes, sizes and colors; both the produce and the people.
He, she, and they.
He wears a wide brimmed hat and carries the bag.
She carefully inspects each vegetable for the best one.
They smile at each other when they find a huge tomato.

The vendors work hard at presenting their products.
He, she, and they.
He carries the large crates overflowing with freshly dug potatoes.
She joyfully talks about when the melon will be ripe.
They work as a team; so proud of the local circle around them.

The musicians add tranquility and festivity.
He, she, and they.
He performs on the fiddle with his eyes closed and his soul playing.
She sings the notes that walk on the breeze and mingle with the chatter.
They bring together the young and the old with the common bond of music.
They come and savor a few minutes or hours.
He, she, and they.
He unhurried.
She unhurried.
They happy….


This vignette was written after a solo visit to the market in July. As Patricia sat enjoying her coffee without distraction she looked around and this piece popped into her head. We appreciate Patricia sharing it with our community! Patricia lives in Scotia and work as a facilities designer for the VA in Albany. She loves fresh local food, canning, preparing and trying new recipes. If you have a photo, poem or story to share we hope you will reach out to us!
What’s fresh this week – May 25

What’s fresh this week – May 25

Market etiquette

This is such an exciting time of year. We love to see the market bustling and the stalls filling up with lots of fresh veggies and plants. Please help keep the market enjoyable for everyone and humming along efficiently. Here are some reminders from our website.
Please do: Bring your own reusable/recyclable bags to help reduce the use of plastic bags; Bring your own cups and containers – for coffee, tea, cider, lemonade, prepared foods, etc.; Wait until the market opens at 10am before shopping – our vendors aren’t permitted to sell until then.Please don’t: Bring your pets to the market; Smoke at the market; Ride your bicycle through the market (but riding it to the market is strongly encouraged!).[hr]

Looking for a vendor? 
Now that we’ve moved outside, you may be wondering where your favorite vendors are located. Click here for our interactive map. [hr]
What’s fresh this week

Barbers Farm: Fresh Picked Asparagus! Also Keuka Gold, red, russet and Reba potatoes. Shallots, popcorn, maple syrup, and greenhouse plants including vegetables, herbs, flowering baskets and annuals.

Mariaville Mushroom Men: Mushrooms, mushrooms, mushrooms. Fresh Shittake, oyster an lion’s mane mushrooms. Stop in and see if the log shiitakes have popped yet. Mushroom teas and shakers available too!

Mariaville Farm: Fresh pasture raised chickens, great on the grill! Farm fresh eggs, pasture-raised, dry aged Black Angus beef and pork and lamb.

Raw Vive: Introducing Chocolate Rawtella, paired with fresh organic apples and can be accompanied by our nutritional green juice that’s both healthy and satisfying.

WASH by Cherish Natural Soap: Thank you to everyone for making our first day at the market such a positive experience. We can’t wait to see you again this weekend. We promise, promise, promise to bring more things with us this time so that we don’t run out.

Café NOLA: Blackened catfish or chicken sandwich or over dirty rice: grilled portabella mushroom, Jamaican jerk chicken, mac and cheese, fresh squeezed lemonade and ice tea

Sistah’s Vintage Aprons: Hostess, full coverage, cobbler aprons and funky half aprons
and accessories. [hr]

Variety Vendors 

WASH by Cherish Natural Soap
D&W Farm and Animal Rescue
Highland Farm
Sistah’s Vintage Aprons
Leah McCloskey [hr]


Market Stage
10-2   Penny Jar

Children’s Table
Union Chemistry Club will provide chemistry-related activities and demonstrations for children of all ages.

Children’s Table
Children’s crafts with Park Avenue Nursery School

What’s fresh this week – April 27th

What’s fresh this week – April 27th

Happy Birthday to the Bard

This week marks the 450th birthday of Shakespeare and the market is planning a celebration. Stop by the main stage and see community members recite sonnets, soliloquies and scenes. Sit at one of our activity tables and make your own Elizabethan collar or writing quill.

Looking for some new comeback lines? Well, check out a few penned by the birthday boy himself.

Featured Vendors: Cooper’s Ark Farm and Wellington’s Herbs & Spices

What’s fresh this week

Abbey Farms: Stop by and picked up freshly baked goods. We will also have free range eggs!

Ali Herrmann: The perfect Mother’s Day gift is waiting for you. Choose from original encaustic artworks and handmade jewelry.

Barber’s Farm: Fresh picked from our high tunnels — baby Swiss chard and mixed kale. And from our greenhouses — flowering pansies and potted herbs. Be sure to stop by for Keuka gold, red, russet and Reba potatoes, shallots, popcorn and make syrup.

Bella Terra Farm: Fresh Cornish hens ($5/lb.) and a large selection of fresh sausages — hot and sweet Italian, kielbasa, bratwurst and breakfast sausages (links and patties).

Café NOLA: Blackened catfish or chicken as a sandwich or over rice, pulled pork, mac & cheese, fresh squeezed lemonade and freshly brewed tea too!

Healing Path Massage: This will be your last chance to stop by and see Jean Marie and Wendell and get your sore muscles loosened up. We’re taking the outdoor market off but you can still stop by our office on Franklin Street to ease your hard worked — yard worked muscles!

M’s Handmades: New map and travel boxes, African animal boxes and new boxes just for children.

Mariaville Farm: Farm raised chickens and parts. Dry-aged Black Angus beef, pasture raised pork and lamb. Fresh eggs from our roaming hens.

Mariaville Mushroom Men: Beautiful and delicious oyster, shiitake and lions mane mushrooms. We also have a new type of mushroom — stop by and see!

Merry Hill Farm: Alpaca yarn and roving for knitting, spinning or crafts. Stop by our last market of the season. Alpaca gloves, hats, scarves and socks. Stock up now at great prices for next winter.

Mosaics by Christine: Thinking of Mother’s Day early? Lots of colorful mosaic gift ideas for mom and a few for you as well. Mirrors, tables, lazy Susans and trivets to name a few.

Saratoga Crackers: Stop by and try our newest creation — Adirondack Bark! Made with organic whole wheat flour, oats, flax, barley, cracked wheat and a touch of honey, this hearty cracker is something to get excited about!

Sistahs Vintage Aprons: Fabulous period styled aprons. Hostess, cobblers and full coverage for fashionable domesticity. [hr]

Variety Vendors

Adair Winery
Ali Herrmann
Freddy’s Rockin’ Hummus
Highland Farm
Hudson-Chatham Winery
M’s Handmades
Mosaics by Christine
New England Fudge
Sistahs Vintage Aprons [hr]


Market Stage
10-2   Ode to Shakespeare

Lower Stage
10-2   Quebecois Jam

Local Expert
Solar Education Table

Children’s Activity
Make your own Elizabethan collars and quills