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Wild Center to host new farmers' market

TUPPER LAKE - The Adirondack Farmers' Market Cooperative (AFMC) is expanding with a new market for summer 2009 in Tupper Lake.

Beginning June 25, The Wild Center will host a weekly farmers' market where visitors can meet farmers and purchase food grown in the Adirondack region. Each market will be held under a tent every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The market is free and open to the public; museum admission is not required for market related events.

The market grows out of an initiative piloted by The Wild Center and the AFMC last summer, which featured several market days throughout the season. Positive responses by attendees of the events encouraged both organizations to move forward with plans for a weekly market this summer season. Shoppers enjoyed a variety of products - from honey, herbs and veggies, to baked goods, prepared foods and meats - and the opportunity to talk with local farmers about farming in the Adirondacks.

"The interest in buying locally grown foods is gaining momentum in the Adirondacks," said Ellen Beberman, market manager. "The people of Tupper Lake have shown that they appreciate the option to purchase fresh, ripe produce, humanely raised meats, and specialty foods and crafts."

Special activities and attractions are planned for the opening day on June 25. Noted herbalist Jane Desotelle will lead a Wild Edibles walk at 1 p.m. Addison Bickford and Steve Langdon will play blues and old-time music from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Local food will be available for sale from the grill and children can have fun with a hands-on activity at the kid's craft table.

Wild Center Executive Director Stephanie Ratcliffe said she is looking forward to the farmers' market.

"Small farms have long been a part of the Adirondack landscape," she said, "The market gives visitors and residents an opportunity to enjoy the seasonal bounty of this region and meet the people who produce it."

For more information and directions, visit The Wild Center Web site at www.wildcenter.org or call 359-7800.

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