CARTHAGE-A sure sign of summer is the opening of local farmers ’markets.
The Carthage Area Chamber of Commerce opened the Carthage Craft and Farmers Market on Friday with new hours.
Rebecca J. Wallen, chamber executive director and farmers market manager, said current vendors are asked for their input at times.
“Then we took to social media and asked the community if they would like it in the later hours and they answered a resounding yes,” Ms. Wallen. “That’s why we decided to change and try a night market to better suit the needs of the community.”
Beginning with the Memorial Day weekend, the pavilion market at the end of Riverside Drive will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. every Friday through the second week of October.
The market manager said by purchasing at “Carthage Craft and Farmers Market, you are supporting a friend, neighbor, a local community member.”
“We have a beautiful market located next to the Black River landscape, with great views and great local vendors with a love of bringing fresh, local produce to community in Carthage, “said Ms. Wallen. “It makes for a great day out.”
Vendors who attended for the opening day said they wanted the later hours and felt it would be easier for customers.
Even if the rain may have alienated some patrons on Friday, vendors said they had a good day.
Christina Soltzfus, of Willow Grove Bake Goods, said she sells a lot of tomato and strawberry plants as well as freshly baked bread and pie.
“I’m doing better now than most of last year’s season,” said Melissa A. Myrick, of Bumble Bee Creations.
Aiyala A. Kirk visited the market in the afternoon with her two daughters.
“We chose the later hours,” he said. “We would have lost it now if we hadn’t.”
He noticed that they were out of town on Friday and noticed that the market was still open as they passed.
“At work and school, it’s better,” Ms. Kirk.
Her daughters, 6-year-old Mya and 8-year-old Sophia, bought knitted hats for their baby dolls and are already choosing next week to be selected.
Jeane A. Eager of Jeane’s Crafts, a new vendor in the Carthage market, said she was a patron and has now decided to sell her wares.
“At COVID I have a lot of time on my hands,” she says, looking at her inventory of embroidered and hand-made items as she knits a new creation.
The market is still accepting new vendors and there is a vetting process.
“We are always looking for expansion and growth,” Ms. Wallen.
Vendors need to grow their products within the tri-county area and craft vendors need to sell home-made items.
Food vendors are also encouraged to apply. The market is also looking for musicians to provide family entertainment at the market from 4pm to 6pm Paid entertainers from all genres of music are scheduled for performances.
Nonprofit organizations are invited to set up the market free of charge. All non-profits must be approved by the market manager before being set up.
Casey L. Crabtree, outreach coordinator for the Jefferson County Victims Assistance Center, was on opening day and plans to return throughout the summer to notify patrons of VAC services.
“Most people don’t understand that we have other programs,” he said, as the agency discusses preventing childhood deaths and provides advocacy for victims of child abuse.
For more information about the market or to submit a vendor application, visit the chamber’s website at www.carthageny.com or call 315-493-3590.
Lyons Falls Farmers Market, organized by Lyons Falls ALIVE, plans to hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the market at 11 am June 14 at Riverside Park, 6904 Laura St.
According to the organizers, several Lewis County and local business leaders were invited to attend. Since the opening takes place on Flag Day, the first 100 customers will receive a small flag.
The market is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Tuesday through October 4.
More than 30 vendors and several nonprofits with booths offering free information about their services have pledged to attend the market. Lunch can be purchased from the Lyons Falls Fire Department at the park from 11:30 am to 2 pm each week.
The market accepts Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program EBT cards. The market also participated in the Farmers Market Nutrition Program, which provides $ 20 coupons to eligible seniors and mothers in WIC.
The market accepts applications for farmers, bakers and craft vendors until June 7. Contact Katie Liendecker at [email protected] or call 315-348-8744 for farmers and bakers and contact Patty Corey at [email protected] or call 315- 348-6590 for crafters.
The mission of Lyons Falls ALIVE Farmers & Crafters Market is to provide fresh local food to the people of the area, provide farmers and crafters with an outlet for their products, benefit local businesses even more. lots of traffic and increase the positive spirit of the community.
Other farmer and craft markets in Lewis County:
Forest Park Pavilion, Lewis County Fairgrounds
5485 Bosswick St., Lowville
8 am to 2 pm Saturday, June 4 through Oct. 29
Contact: Rhonda Farney, 315-346-6759
Lewis County General Hospital, 7740 West St., Lowville
11 am to 3 pm Thursday, June 9 to October 6
9 am to 4 pm Saturday, May 28 to October 29