What’s fresh this Week – June 3

Summer is almost here!

Summer is almost upon us, and that brings sunshine, fun, and all of your favorite produce to Schenectady Greenmarket! Don’t miss the market this Sunday – another great week of great local food, music, folks and fun!

What’s fresh this week

Three Chicks and a P: In celebration of our customers our flavor of the week is Indian Spice. See you at the market!

Earthly Remedies: Protect your family from ticks with our Tick Flick’r along, bug spray and bug-off roll-on.

Barber’s Farm will have peas, bunching onions, spinach, Swiss chard, kale and lettuce. Come and get the first, tender beet greens and baby fennel. We will also bring more vegetable and flower plants for your garden.

Quincy Farm will have great fresh spring greens like spinach, arugula, salad mix and head lettuce. Radishes, Swiss chard and tender kale are also available; plus the first of the summer herbs with basil and cilantro.

The Hudson-Chatham Winery has two of its most popular summertime wines back in stock: Lindenwald White and Ghent Blush. Both are excellent picnic and BBQ wines. Come by and try!

Chick and Hen Baking Company: Snack on cool gazpacho, sesame noodles, couscous salad and our sesame chicken at the market or pick up a quiche for dinner (serves four). Cakes and tarts and everything sweet.

Skinner’s Sugarbush: Strawberry rhubarb, raspberry and cherry pielets, toasted pecan fleur de sel butterscotch shortbread, citrus shortbread cookies too.  Stop by for your favorite cookies, scones, bars, mini cakes, and our quality maple syrup.

peacetree plants still has a wide variety of tomato plants left for rounding out your selection – all colors, shapes and sizes! Hot and sweet pepper, eggplant, cucumber, zucchini and winter squash seedlings are available. This week new nasturtiums and more morning glories!

Cafe NOLA will have fresh blackened chicken, catfish or grilled portabella Cajun sandwiches and crawfish jambalaya. Wash it all down with fresh squeezed lemonade, cherry, raspberry or cherry iced tea, sweet tea or half and half.

Mariaville Farm will have fresh pasture raised chickens and duck. Fresh eggs from our pasture raised laying hens. Pasture raised black Angus beef, pork chops, roasts, sausages available; don’t forget to try our new no-nitrate hot dogs. Stop in and ask us about our new C.S.A.

Hope Valley Farm will have arugula, broccoli raab, baby greens mix, baby lettuce mix, dinosaur kale, spinach, Swiss chard, radishes, baby leeks. Potted herbs, perennials, annual bedding plants, mixed planters, proven winners and vegetable starts for your garden.

Sistahs Vintage Aprons Louisa 1940s no-tie cobbler aprons, Sweet Home Alabama homespun cottons, Mona 1925 aprons – wholesome, utilitarian and attractive clothing protection for all aspects of the domestic life.

Our Daily Eats will be selling 12oz. bags of salad essentials and spicy maple pepitas for $6.50. Grab a bag today with your market fresh greens. Made with care in the Hudson Valley!

Buhrmaster Farms will have fresh strawberries, asparagus, sugar snap peas, leaf lettuce and various greens along with our bedding plants.

Shushan Valley Hydro Farm: We will have all of our tomatoes – including oh-so-sweet cherry, vine cluster and beefsteak tomatoes –  as well as Asian cucumbers, baby cukes,  and green beans; plus all of our herbs and greens!

Variety Vendors

  • Mu Mu Muesli
  • Skinner’s Sugarbush
  • Sistahs Vintage Aprons
  • Smyth/Cid Pottery
  • dreamPuff Marshmallows
  • Our Daily Eats
  • Susie’s Climax Creations
  • Altamont Vineyard & Winery
  • Sororia Organics
  • Earthly Remedies by Erin
  • Freddy’s Rockin’ Hummus
  • Bard Farm
  • peacetree plants


Market Stage: 10a.m.-2p.m. Running the River

Community Table: Niskayuna Co-op

Community Table: The Nationals-bound Schenectady High School Track Team

Children’s Table: Roots and Wisdom

Announcing Bellevue Market

A new outdoor market is sprouting up in the Electric City’s Bellevue neighborhood.

The Bellevue Market will officially open on Thursday, June 7, 2012, in the Maranatha Ministries parking lot, located at 2176 Broadway at the corner of Thompson Street. The market will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays and is being managed by community members from Schenectady Greenmarket.  Opening day of the market will feature a ribbon cutting ceremony at 3 p.m. conducted by Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy, members of the Schenectady City Council and the Chamber of Schenectady County.

The market, which will take place from June through September, is a new venture in this historic neighborhood. Vendors will produce all that they sell including vegetables, herbs, fruits, granola, wine and baked goods.

Betsy Henry, Chair of Schenectady Greenmarket, said that the new market will be a convenient way for residents of Bellevue to have access to farm fresh produce and other items, right in their own backyard. “We’re thrilled to work with Bellevue Preservation and grateful for the FreshConnect grant that covers expenses for 2012,” said Betsy Henry, Chair of the Board of Schenectady Greenmarket. “Several of our Schenectady Greenmarket vendors will be participating in the Bellevue Market, and bringing high quality, fresh, local goods to market.”

Shoppers can use EBT, cash, credit and debit cards for their purchases. Bellevue Market is an offshoot of Schenectady Greenmarket, a successful, year-round festive Sunday marketplace in its fourth year in downtown Schenectady.

The market is funded in part by a grant from the New York State Agriculture and Markets FreshConnect program, which seeks to increase access to local, healthy foods in underserved neighborhoods.

For a list of vendors participating in the Bellevue Market, please visit our Bellevue Market page.

What’s fresh this week – May 27

Happy Memorial Day!

Schenectady Greenmarket has everything you need for your Memorial Day celebration. Fresh, local ingredients for tasty appetizers, savory entrees and delectable desserts are available, or choose fresh made item from one of our skilled chefs and bakers. Whether you’re hosting or bringing a dish to share: vendors have you covered – even beautiful flowers or a handcrafted treat for your host!   


What’s fresh this week

Zorbas Natural Food will have chipotle hummus, sweet potato hummus and all 6 varieties of Gar-la-la (original, roasted red pepper, horseradish dill, horseradish v. bacon, artichoke spinach and sun dried tomato basil). We will also gluten free “herb-zeez” crackers made with sesame, lemon and thyme.

Healing Path Massage wants to thank you for visiting our booth last week and we’ll see you again on June 17. We are at the market one Sunday per month this summer. Our schedule may change – we’ll keep you posted!

Gatherer’s Granola introduces bite sized granola bars. These tasty treats are available in two flavors: almond, peanut butter, maple syrup; and pecan, maple syrup, toasted coconut; packaged in 1/4 lb compostable containers for $3.25. Gatherer’s uses organic and locally sourced ingredients.

Chick and Hen Baking Company: Cool tomato gazpacho, Israeli couscous salad with feta and Kalamata olives; cold sesame noodles (especially yummy with our sesame chicken with homemade apricot mustard); empanadas and spinach pie, and our delicious baked goods. See you there and Happy Memorial Day!

Cafe NOLA will have fresh blackened chicken, catfish or grilled portabella sandwiches – all coated with Cajun spices and topped with sweet peppers and mozzarella cheese. Also available: crawfish jambalaya – crawfish tail meat sausage blended with fresh herbs, spices and rice. Wash it all down with fresh squeezed lemonade; cherry, raspberry or cherry iced tea; sweet tea, or half and half.

Three Chicks and a P: What do you get when you combine the flavors of fresh cilantro and freshly squeezed limes? The freshest tasting hummus in town! Stop by and taste our flavor of the week: cilantro & lime, a delicious and nutritious treat to enjoy at your Memorial Day gathering. We’ll also have all your other favorites as well. We hope you’ll share it, spread it and love it. From our family to yours, Happy Memorial Day!

Quincy Farm: Baby salad mix, crispy head lettuce, spicy arugula, Hakerui salad turnips, spinach and other great spring items!

peacetree plants: Time to plant the summer crop! peacetree will have 32 different varieties of open-pollinated and heirloom tomatoes, as well as a variety of sweet and hot peppers, eggplants, cukes and zukes for your garden… plus plenty of herbs and flowers!

Barber’s Farm: We still have asparagus, and also red leaf lettuce, spinach, Asian greens, bok choi, Swiss chard, and – new this week – bunching onions Ready to plant your garden? We have vegetable plants and flowers galore, plus a wide selection of morning glory plants – almost ready to bloom.

Bard Farm: Plenty of beautiful flowers and hanging baskets to choose from. Lots of herbs, lettuce pots, boxwood basil, perennials, yellow and red strawberry plants for your garden.

Free Bird Farm is looking forward to returning to the market this weekend with a variety of certified organic greens for salad and cooking. We’ll also have green garlic, which goes great with our super-fresh pasture-raised eggs.

Funk Farms will have delicious homemade rhubarb and apple rhubarb pies made from fresh local rhubarb and hand rolled crusts. Make sure you try our giant fresh-from-the-oven cinnamon buns, traditional black and white cookies, tender and flaky cinnamon pastry logs and our many flavors of fudge and caramel cups.

Meadowood Farms: Raw aged sheep’s milk cheese; sheep’s milk yogurt: plain, maple, vanilla and latte; fresh Brebis and pasture raised lamb.

 Variety Vendors

  • Laurie’s Gluten Free Goodness
  • Burden Lake Creamworks
  • Mosaics by Christine
  • Wild Sage Designs
  • Highland Farm
  • The Peanut Principle
  • Adair Vineyards
  • Meadowood Farms
  • Tierra Farm
  • Bard Farm
  • peacetree plants
  • Free Bird Farm


Community Table: Schenectady Home Furnishings Program 

The Schenectady Home Furnishings Program provides household furnishings in excellent usable condition to people and families in need residing in Schenectady County. At no charge to the donor or the recipient, we pick up and deliver donated furniture. Schenectady Home Furnishings will be at the Outdoor Market on the first Sunday of every month, beginning May 27. Please bring your donations of furniture and household items to the market. Please visit the website for a list of needed items (and items that cannot be accepted). All items must be in good, usable condition!



Schenectady Greenmarket Vendor Moves Operations to Schenectady

We always love it when Schenectady Greenmarket can help provide a springboard for the growth of our incredible vendors. Our most recent success story, Gatherer’s Granola, has announced that it will be moving its production facility to Schenectady, and we couldn’t be prouder!

The full press release from the Schenectady Metroplex Development Authority is below:


Schenectady, N.Y., May 22, 2012 –The Schenectady County Metroplex Development Authority today announced that Gatherers Granola will move its production facility to the Broadway Commerce Park in downtown Schenectady after selling its products at the Schenectady Greenmarket for the past year.

Alessandro Gerbini, President of Gathers Granola said, “We outgrew our existing space which is leased from the All Good Bakery in Albany. We always have been well received in Schenectady County at the Greenmarket so we looked here for our new facility. We are pleased to establish operations in the downtown area which offers us everything we need to help our business grow.”

“We have worked hard to create an environment that supports local businesses through opportunities like the Greenmarket,” said Judy Dagostino, Chairwoman of the Schenectady County Legislature. “We are proud that our residents continue to buy local and support businesses like Gatherers Granola, a great home-grown success story. I welcome them to Schenectady County and look forward to their continued expansion.”

The company will lease 2,000 square feet of space with an option to take 3,000 square feet of additional space. Gatherers Granola will move three jobs to Schenectady and plans to add two more in the next few years.

The granola product is sold in selected Price Chopper and Shop Rite stores, the Honest Weight Food Co-op, the Niskayuna Co-op, the Delmar Marketplace and stores in Syracuse, Buffalo and Vermont.

The product is made from all natural ingredients using locally produced ingredients whenever possible.

Metroplex is providing a $7,500 grant toward the cost of renovating the facility in the Broadway Commerce Business Park to handle commercial food production. The company is investing $35,000 while the building owner is providing $18,000 toward fit-up costs.

Metroplex Chair Ray Gillen said, “We welcome Gatherers Granola to Schenectady County and we look forward to their continued expansion. Schenectady County is looking to attract food manufacturers as we have a bountiful water supply and other key factors looked at by this industry when making site selection decisions.”

Alessandro Gerbini, company president, is a graduate of the RPI’s Product Design and Innovation Program in the School of Humanities, Arts and Sciences.

The Broadway Commerce Business Park was developed jointly by Metroplex and Highbridge Development. It is an in-city business park on Broadway just off of I-890 and close to many downtown amenities. Tenants include: Griffin Greenhouse; Marcella’s Appliances; Argo Turboserve Corporation; ABC Supply Co, Inc.; Plank Construction; Eurotile and Stone; Schenectady County Federal Credit Union and others.

The Schenectady Greenmarket is held each Sunday all year round from 10 am to 2 pm in downtown Schenectady. It is one of the largest fresh food markets in the Capital Region.

For more information, see www.ggranola.com or visit the company’s facebook page to see photographs of the new facility. Company contact is Alessandro (Sandro) Gerbini at 518-894-8625.

What’s fresh this week – May 20

There are lots of reasons to visit Schenectady Greenmarket. Vendors have what you need to get your garden started or that special ingredient to complete your meal. Come to shop and stay for the live music, delicious prepared food and community groups. We’ll see you at the market!

What’s fresh this week

Chick and Hen Baking Company: We are having fun outside!  Israeli couscous salad, cold sesame noodles, lemon meringue tarts, sesame chicken with a homemade apricot mustard, empanadas, hand-tossed Roman pizzas and our super-delicious cold tomato gazpacho.

Three and Chicks and a P will have all your favorite hummus flavors including flavor of the week 3 olives hummus. Also new sundried tomato pesto! Stop by our table for the chance to win a three pack of hummus.

Healing Path Massage Jean Marie Sefcovic and Wendell Harris will be offering chair massage. Let us help relieve you of the effects of stress and loosen those sore muscles.

Lloyd Spear Beekeeper: Featuring our newest spreads: spun or creamed honey. Also, raw spun honey with an added a good measure of pollen. Yummy and good for you! Also our new lemon spun honey; great tasting by itself, in tea or on a roll or bread. Free samples.

Hoosick Hickory will bring our Hoosick Hickory syrup, hickory grilling/smoking chips, hickory flavored sea salt and Hoosick Hickory pumpkin dip. We hope to offer a hickory balsamic salad dressing in the near future.

Café NOLA will be bringing our blackened chicken, blackened catfish and portabella mushroom sandwiches topped with sweet peppers and mozzarella cheese. Abita Turbo-Dog braised short ribs accompanied with dirty rice. Fresh squeezed lemonade: choice of strawberry, cherry or raspberry; sweet tea or half and half.

Barber’s Farm: The greenhouses are over flowing! We will be bringing asparagus, mixed greens, Swiss chard and lettuce. New for us is bok choy, look for it early, supply is limited. Also for your garden; vegetable and flower plants, plus a wide assortment of herbs, as well as beautiful hanging baskets

Skinner’s Sugarbush: Savor the strawberry rhubarb and cherry pie-lets this week. Our ultimate brownies, pecan macadamia and maple bars are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Lemon and German chocolate mini cakes, lemon shortbread, maple ginger spice, lime meltaway cookies, and our delicious scones will delight you.  Pick up a bottle of our pure maple syrup!

Sistahs Vintage Aprons will be serving a new collection of Mona 1925 aprons called sweet home Alabama: a collection in homespun plaids guaranteed to become a kitchen staple!

Mariaville Farm will have fresh pasture raised chickens, duck and our delicious pasture raised eggs – they sell out fast!  We will also have fresh (never frozen) dry-aged Black Angus steaks; also heritage pork, no-nitrate bacon and sausage.

Bard Farm has lots of annual flower plants like white marigolds and hanging baskets. Also herb and vegetable plants, including yellow and red strawberry and lettuce.

dreamPuff Marshmallows: Strawberry rhubarb marshmallows!  We’ll also have a strawberry rhubarb s’more and a chocolate toffee s’more.

Quincy Farm: This week we’ll have lettuce, salad mix, arugula, tat soi, radishes and spinach.

Variety Vendors

Mu Mu Muesli
Skinner’s Sugarbush
Sistahs Vintage Aprons
Smyth/Cid Pottery
dreamPuff Marshmallows
Our Daily Eats
Susie’s Climax Creations
Altamont Vineyard & Winery
Sororia Organics
Healing Path Massage
Knapp Enterprise
Bard Farm
peacetree plants


Community Table: Empty Bowls Project, a benefit dinner to support Schenectady City Mission and Bethesda House.

Local Expert: Mark Bomba, Eco Sun & Power