Watertown Farm & Craft Market draws large opening day crowd

People browse Bonnie’s Decorative Painting on the opening day of the Farmer’s Maket on Washington Street Wednesday. Justin Sorensen / NNY Business

People browse Bonnie’s Decorative Painting on the opening day of the Farmer’s Maket on Washington Street Wednesday. Justin Sorensen / NNY Business

Washington Street was filled Wednesday, as the Watertown Farm & Craft Market launched its season in a big way.

Hundreds of people came out for the event, despite lower-than-expected temperatures and steady winds. Linda I. Gibbs, owner of Linda Gibbs Handmade, took the cool in stride, showing off a collection of crocheted scarves, hats and bags in front of City Hall. Her traffic was pretty busy for opening day.

“A lot of people came back,” Ms. Gibbs said. “I love seeing return customers.” [Read more…]

Gov. Cuomo announces $1.8 million to give seniors access to farmers markets

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Wednesday an award of $1.8 million in federal funds for a state-administered program aimed at providing low-income senior citizens with access to fresh produce at farmers markets across the state.

This year, the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program aims to distribute more than 100,000 booklets — which contain five $4 checks each — to eligible seniors who can use the checks at 470 farmers markets across the state, including eight in Jefferson County, three in Lewis County and 13 in St. Lawrence County.

The program is administered through the state Department of Agriculture and Markets in cooperation with the state Office for the Aging, state Department of Health’s Commodity Supplemental Food Program and Cornell Cooperative Extension.

The checks will be issued by county-based Offices for the Aging.

Eligible recipients must be 60 or older and have a gross monthly income at or below 185 percent of federal poverty guidelines:

? $1,772 per month for a one-person household.
? $2,392 per month for a two-person household.
? $3,011 per month for a three-person household.

Seniors 60 and older also are eligible for the program if they are receiving or eligible to receive Supplemental Security Income, public assistance or a Section 8 housing subsidy.

A complete list of farmers markets that will be accepting the checks, categorized by county, is available at http://wdt.me/J9acLU.

-Daniel Flatley, Watertown Daily Times

Northern New York farmers markets / 2013 season

Alexandria Bay

  • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays from May 25 to Sept. 28, Kinney Drugs Parking Lot.

Black River

  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays from May 28 to Oct. 1. No parking on West Dexter Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on market days.

Canton

  • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays from May 10 to Oct. 25, Village Green. Contact: Zoe Baker, 244-8471.

Cape Vincent

  • 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays from June 22 to Oct. 5, Village Green.

Carthage

  • 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays through Oct.25, Farmers Market Pavilion, Riverside Drive. Live entertainment provided most weeks. Vendors: Seasonal fee, $70 for inside spot, $50 for outside spot; daily-use fee, $10 for inside, $7.50 for outside. Contact: Carthage Chamber of Commerce, 493-3590.

Chateaugay Lakes

  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays from June 22 to Aug. 31, Route 374, lawn of the Hollywood Inn. Contact: Jo Ellen Saumier, 1 (518) 497-6038 or visit www.adirondackfarmersmarket.com.

Clayton

  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays from June 20 to Sept. 5, Frink Park.

Elizabethtown

  • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays from May 17 to Oct. 11, behind Adirondack History Center Museum. Contact: Gina Agoney, 1 (518) 293-7877.

Evans Mills

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays beginning May 20, Evans Mills Speedway, Route 11. Concessions and bathrooms. Vendors: $20 per 10-foot by 10-foot space. Contact: Roxann Mccready Ojeda, rox_1125@yahoo.com.
Fulton
  • 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturdays from May 25 to Oct. 19, Canal View Mall parking lot. Information: Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce, 343-7681.

Gouverneur

  • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays from June 6 to Oct. 31, Village Park. Contact: Lorraine Taylor, 212-0456.

Hogansburg

  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from July 10 to Oct. 31, parking lot behind the police station at senior citizen building. Contact: Shirley Peck, 769-5322.

Keene

  • 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays from June 16 to Oct. 13, Marcy Airfield, Route 73. Contact: Dick Crawford, 1 (518) 561-7167.

LaFargeville

  • 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays from June 18 to Sept. 24, Stone Mills Agricultural Museum, 34312 Route 180. Contact: 658-2353.

Lake Placid

  • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays from June 5 to Oct. 23, Lake Placid Center for the Arts. Taste of the Market dates: June 5, June 12, June 19 and June 26. Contact: Lake Placid Center for the Arts, 1 (518) 523-2512 or www.lakeplacidarts.org.

Lowville

  • 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays from May 25 to Oct. 26, Lewis County Fairgrounds Forest Park Pavilion. Contact: Doug Hanno, 376-5333

Lyons Falls

  • Noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays from June 11 to Oct. 1, Riverside Park. Information: Gary Mavis, gmavis@twcny.rr.com or 348-5167.

Malone

  • Noon to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays from June 12 to Oct. 16, Malone Airport, Route 11. Contact: Vicky Lesniak, 1 (518) 651-7680 or burkeplants@gmail.com.

Massena

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday from July 11 to Oct. 31, Triple A Building Supply parking lot. Contact: Shirley Peck, 769-5322.
  • 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays from July 7 to Oct. 27, town hall. Contact: Shirley Peck, 769-5322.

Norwood

  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays from July 8 to Oct. 28, Park Square. Contact: Shirley Peck, 769-5322.

Ogdensburg

  • 2 to 5 p.m. Thursdays from May 16 to Sept. 26, Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center. Contact: Sandy Porter, 393-3620.
  • 9 to 1 p.m. Saturdays from May 11 to Sept. 28, Library Park. Contact: Sandy Porter, 393-3620.
  • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays from Oct. 5 to Dec. 14, First Presbyterian Church. Contact: Sandy Porter, 393-3620.

Oswego

  • 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays from May 26 to Oct. 17, West First Street. Entertainment 6 to 8 p.m. Information: Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce, 343-7681.

Paul Smith

  • 2 to 5 p.m. Fridays from June 21 to Sept. 20, Visitor Information Center, follow the signs. Contact: Janet Burl, 1 (518) 483-6863 or mountainelf25@aol.com.

Philadelphia

  • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays until Oct. 26. Pearl St. Contact: Matt Montroy, 783-8640.

Port Henry

  • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays from June 26 to Aug. 28, 4623 Main St. Contact: Jackie Viestenz, 1 (518) 546-9855 or jackieviestenz@yahoo.com.

Potsdam

  • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays & Saturdays from May 11 to Oct. 26, located south of the Main Street parking lot, across from the Roxy Theater. Contact: 854-4176.

Saranac Lake

  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays from May 21 to Oct. 1, Riverside Park, corner of Route 3 and Main St. Contact: Lou Lesniak, 1 (518) 497-0083.
  • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays from June 1 to Oct. 26, Riverside Park, corner of Route 3 and Main St. Contact: Ashlee Kleinhammer 1 (518) 645-2697.

Syracuse

  • 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays year round and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays from May through November. Information: www.cnyrma.com.

Tupper Lake

  • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays from June 13 to Sept. 26, Wild Center Museum. Contact: Ellen Beberman, 1 (518) 891-7470 or beberman@verizon.net.

Watertown

  • 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays from May 29 to Oct. 2, Washington Street. Rain or shine. Information: Watertown Chamber of Commerce, www.watertownny.com or 788-4400.
  • 3 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays from May 30 to Aug. 29, Little Barn Bulk Foods, Route 3 between Watertown and Sackets Harbor at the Peer Farm and Koolers Ice Cream. Contact: thelittlebarnbulkfoods@gmail.com.
  • 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Fridays from June 21 to Oct. 4, Jefferson County Bulk Milk Coop and the Cheese Store, outer Arsenal Street, 1.5 miles west off Interstate 81. Includes local crafts and a chicken barbecue. Contact: cheese.store@jeffersonbulkmilk.com.
  • 3 to 6 p.m. Mondays from July 8 to Oct. 7, 203 N. Hamilton St.
  • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays from June 15 to Nov. 2, J.B. Wise Place pavilion.

Willsboro

  • 3.30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays from June 13 to Sept. 5, Route 22 across from the old Mountain View restaurant. Contact: Linda Therrien, 1 (518) 963-4383 or franklynnfarms@gmail.com.

Winthrop

  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays from July 12 to Oct. 2, parking lot between bank and Hammill funeral home, Route 11C. Contact: Shirley Peck, 769-5322.

To submit information about a farmers market not listed, please send times, dates, locations and contact information for a market manager to: NNYBusiness@wdt.net.