PLATTSBURGH Spring has arrived and with it, so has the annual opening of the Plattsburgh Farmers Market. Local producers and vendors will come together once again at the farmers market pavilion on Durkee Street next Saturday, May 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Market manager Patricia Parker said she is looking forward to another successful year at the market. The opening day of the weekly market will host a selection of bedding and vegetable plants, flowers, and other local products such as maple syrup, honey and baked goods. Arts and crafts from area artisans will also help round out the market. The market will also feature a vendor of the week and offer a weekly drawing for a gift from that vendor, said Parker. We have lots to offer for our first week and were really excited about it, said Parker. While some may think of the market as a place to pick up some vegetables for dinner or fresh flowers for a dining room table centerpiece, the market is much more than that, Parker said. Its really a family market, because theres always something for the whole family, she said. People dont just walk in, buy something and walk out. They stay, they visit with their friends, they listen to bluegrass music or whatever entertainment we happen to have that day. Its a nice Saturday outing, she added. In addition to offering space for growers and vendors at a nominal fee, the market also makes room for nonprofit organizations at no charge. The market regularly features representatives from the Cornell Cooperative Extension Eat Smart New York nutrition program and the Clinton County Health Department. Those who have never visited the market are missing out on the overall experience of buying from and supporting local growers and producers in a friendly, warm and inviting atmosphere, said Parker. With the market, youre keeping your money in the local economy and youre buying directly from the person who made, produced or grew that particular item, she said. Theyre taking a lot of pride in it and theyre giving it to you. Youre not buying spinach in a bag that could be contaminated, youre buying it from the people who grew it and who know where it came from. Thats really important. The market will remain open Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., through Oct. 11. The market will also be open during the same hours on Wednesdays beginning May 28, until Sept. 24. For more information, including reserving space at the market, contact Patricia Parker at 493-6761.