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Purchase fresh, healthy food and meet the producer!

PLATTSBURGH Anyone wanting to enjoy locally grown and produced products has a new shopping alternative at a very convenient location. The Plattsburgh Farmers Green Market has opened in the parking lot of the Church of the Nazarene at 187 Broad Street, near the intersection of Broad and Cornelia Streets. Its a producers only market meaning that the products being sold are produced or made by the seller or their employees. No reselling from wholesale markets is allowed. The market is open every Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m.
The Farmers Green Market focuses on organically or sustainable grown products although many conventionally grown products are offered for sale, especially products that are difficult to produce organically in this region. In todays world, its not often that shoppers get to meet the person who produced the merchandise they are purchasing. Some producers even offer regular public tours of their facilities. The AuSable Valley Granges Foodshed Coalition is market organizer while the Church of the Nazarene is the host. Both organizations share a commitment to stewardship of the earth and its resources.
Market manager Beth Spaugh explained, We look forward to providing a convenient market for people to get the best tasting, freshest local foods you can get. We want to show folks that if they start with the best ingredients, grown and picked for superior flavor, it is really simple to prepare great tasting meals and snacks. Sellers also offer such things as fresh cut flowers, dried flowers, bedding plants and other items.
Seven local producers are participating and that number is expected to increase. Their products are varied and will change as the growing season progresses. The local producers are:
Atwood Maple Products has maple syrup, maple sugar candy and maple cream.
Black Sheep Barn and Gardens offers fresh cut flowers, dried flower arrangements and organically grown vegetables.
Campbells Greenhouse has hanging baskets, bedding pants, blueberries and raspberries.
Clover Mead Farm sells certified organic cheese made from milk produced by their grass-fed Jersey cows.
Conroys Organics sells ready-to-eat foods (the day we visited they had fresh strawberry pie), grass-fed beef, organically grown vegetables and cut flowers.
Northern Orchards offers apples, cherries, plums, vegetables and honey.
Rehoboth Homestead specializes in free-range eggs and chickens, baklava, certified naturally grown vegetables and fresh cut flowers.
The Farmers Green Market will be open through October. Shoppers can preorder via email for pickup at the market on Thursday. Go to www.plattsburghmarket.com for more information.

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