PLATTSBURGH - The vendors are lined up and the schedule has been set as the Plattsburgh Farmers and Crafters Market returns for the season.
Market manager Patricia Parker said 23 vendors are registered to participate this year, including two new vendors - Lakeside Coffee of Rouses Point and The Bakery at Conroy Organics, Beekmantown.
When the market returns this Saturday, May 9, a wide selection of homegrown and homemade items will be offered from across the North Country, said Parker. Her own business, Parker Family Maple Farm in West Chazy, which was recently certified as an organic producer, will also return this year, offering maple syrup and other maple products. This season, Parker's business will offer USDA-certified beef products, which has not been done previously at the Durkee Street market, she said.
"It's something else for the market to offer," she said.
The market is in the process of arranging to accept electronic benefit transfer, or EBT cards, as well as WIC cards as forms of payment, which would be accepted in addition to WIC Farmers Market coupons, said Parker.
However, what Parker expects to be even more popular is the market's anticipated ability to accept debit and credit cards. Currently, only a handful of vendors accept debit and credit cards for payment. If everything goes as planned, within the next few weeks, the market itself could payment with debit and credits to reimburse individual vendors whether or not they accept the cards.
"It'll be a central location where, if you have a debit or credit card and want to buy something, you can pick up the slip, it'll be run through, then you can go back and pick up the item," Parker explained.
Often times people don't carry cash on them, said Parker, leading to a need for the market to accept debit and credit cards.