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Buying local the theme at North Creek farmer's market

NORTH CREEK - Locally produced foods and products were aplenty June 11 as the North Creek Farmer's Market officially opened it's doors at the North Creek Depot Pavilion.

"It's a sharing and community centered thing," said market organizer Barb Thomas. "Buying locally made goods allows the community to grow."

Local merchants, farmers and bakers displayed their wares as live music played on the stage in the background.

After over a year of work by Thomas and the North Creek Farmer's Market Steering Committee, the event began and will continue each Thursday evening throughout the summer.

Of the 11 vendors present, such goods as maple syrup, baked goods, chocolate and crafts were available for purchase - all locally made.

"With local products, you know exactly where it is from and what is in it," Barkeater Chocolates owner Debbie Morris said. "I think the community support for this shows how much people want locally made goods."

And with the many goods comes a hint of local flare and culture.

"I can remember riding on my grandfather's snow shoes as we checked buckets," co-owner of Adirondack Gold Maple Farm Marc Kenyon said. "My family has been making syrup for three generations."

Thomas said that market organizers are currently seeking to expand their produce and dairy offerings.

"Vegetables are central to the farmer's market," she said.

While preparing for the event, Thomas and her peers spent hours reading literature about successful markets and visiting them throughout the region.

"We used the Glens Falls market as the model," she said. "A market is not just a table by the roadside, it is a group of local farmers coming together."

The market was made possible by town of Johnsburg occupancy tax funding and funding from New York State Department of Agriculture.

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