SAVOR THE SEASON: Grab local products at the many North Country farmers markets
Farmers markets have gone through a major change this year, as they’ve instituted health and safety guidelines to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.
Yet they still offer the best food and drink produced in the North Country region. Farmers markets this summer may not be the same social experience you are used to, but when you get home, the celebration of local food will be the same.
Some people like to take a day trip and experience different farmers markets in the region, so we are listing all the ones we could find in the North Country.
Learn more about farmers markets and find local food and drink producers using the online map at Adirondack Harvest, https://adirondackharvest.com.
¯ Bolton Landing: 5 Cross St., behind Town Hall. Fridays through Sept. 18, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. www.boltonlandingfarmersmarket.com
¯ Canton: Village Park, corner of Main and Park streets. Tuesdays and Fridays through Oct. 30, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
¯ Chateaugay Lakes: Route 374 on the lawn of the Hollywood Inn. Saturdays through Aug. 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. http://adirondackfarmersmarket.com
¯ Chestertown: Chestertown Town Hall, 6307 Route 9. Wednesdays through Sept. 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. https://chestertownfarmersmarket.com
¯ Elizabethtown: Behind the Adirondack History Museum. Fridays through Oct. 9, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. http://adirondackfarmersmarket.com
¯ Harrisville: At the scenic view. Saturdays through Oct. 31, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
¯ Indian Lake: Indian Lake Central School lawn. Saturdays through Sept. 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
¯ Keene Valley: Marcy Field, state Route 73. Sundays through Oct. 11, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. http://adirondackfarmersmarket.com
¯ Lake Placid: Green Goddess parking lot, 2051 Saranac Ave. Wednesdays starting through Sept. 9, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. www.ausablevalleygrangefarmersmarkets.com
¯ Long Lake: Corner of Route 28/30 and South Hill Road across from post office. Thursdays through Sept. 3, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
¯ Malone: Malone Airport, Route 11. Wednesdays through Oct. 7, noon to 4:30 p.m. http://adirondackfarmersmarket.com
¯ Massena: Tractor Supply, 105 Harte Haven Plaza. Sundays through Oct. 25, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
¯ North Creek: Riverfront Park on the Hudson. Thursdays through Sept. 24, 2 to 6 p.m. www.facebook.com/northcreekfarmersmarket
¯ Old Forge: Park Avenue, behind Old Forge Hardware Store. Fridays through Oct. 9, 1 to 5 p.m.
¯ Plattsburgh: CVPH Farmers Market at 75 Beekman St. Thursdays through Sept. 24, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. www.cvph.org
¯ Plattsburgh: Plattsburgh Farmers & Crafters Market. Pavilion downtown by bridge, Durkee and Broad streets. Saturdays through Oct. 10, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Wednesdays through Sept. 30, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. www.facebook.com/PlattsburghFarmersCrafters Market
¯ Potsdam: Ives Park, Main Street. Saturdays through Oct. 31, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
¯ Rouses Point: Library lawn across from marina, 144 Lake St. Fridays through Sept. 4, 3 to 7 p.m.
¯ Saranac Lake: Riverside Park. Saturdays through Oct. 17, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. www.ausablevalleygrangefarmersmarkets.com
¯ Speculator: At the pavilion. Thursdays through Sept. 17, 2 to 5 p.m.
¯ Ticonderoga: Near Walmart entrance 1114 Wicker St. Saturdays through Sept. 26, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. www.facebook.com/TiAreaFarmersMarket
¯ Warrensburg: Warrensburgh Mills Historic District, River Street (state Route 418) near Curtis Lumber. Fridays through Oct. 9, 3 to 6 p.m. www.facebook.com/Warrensburgh-Riverfront-Farmers-Market-1623999057868045/
¯ Willsboro: South of Champlain National Bank on Route 22. Thursdays through Sept. 10, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Farmers market tips during the pandemic
¯ Do not go to the market if you are sick.
¯ Do not self-serve from vendors tables; they will serve you with pre-packaged goods.
¯ Keep with social distancing protocol and stay 6 feet away from anyone, including vendors during your trip.
¯ Wear a face mask to protect the farmers and essential workers.
¯ Follow the lines and directions. Many markets will have one-way traffic and distance markings.
¯ Bring your own washable reusable bags; many items will already be in individual plastic bags.
¯ Have just one person per household do the shopping to help reduce crowding.
¯ Use a credit, debit or EBT card when shopping if possible and avoid handling cash.
¯ Wash your hands before visiting the market, use hand sanitizer when you leave, and wash your hands again when you get home and have unloaded your bags.
¯ Beyond service animals, it is best to leave your dog at home.
¯ Some markets will have seniors only hours. Please respect age restrictions.
¯ Many vendors are offering and encouraging online orders prior to the market that can be picked up at their table the day of the market.