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.