"I think we'll see quite an increase in sales," she said. "It's really going to benefit the farmers market."
On opening day, the Battle of Plattsburgh Association will hold an exhibit and book sale at the market and a representative from Cornell Cooperative Extension's Master Gardener program will also be on-hand. Parker said it is her hope other nonprofit organizations will express interest in participating at the market, sharing their information with the public, free of charge.
"We really, really encourage any nonprofit in our communities to come down, especially if they're doing a fundraiser. There's no charge for their space," she said. "That's because we feel we need to give back to the community for all they give us."
"I really cannot stress strongly enough how wonderful the community is to us," Parker added.
The Plattsburgh Farmers and Crafters Market will now be open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 10. Each Saturday, a raffle will be held for a gift basket donated by the featured "Vendor of the Week."
Beginning June 24, the market will be open Wednesdays until Sept. 23. The market will be open those days from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Northern Tier farmers market plans continue
As the Plattsburgh Farmers and Crafters Market kicks off its season in Plattsburgh, preparations for its Northern Tier counterpart in Rouses Point are also under way.
The market will host a satellite location in Rouse Park on Lake Street Thursdays, July 2 until Sept. 3, from 2-6 p.m.
Plattsburgh Farmers and Crafters Market manager Patricia Parker said several vendors from the Plattsburgh market will participate in Rouses Point market, which will be overseen by Rouses Point resident Geri Favreau.
"I think it's going to be great," said Parker. "The village has been so cooperative and Geri's been great, doing most of the work."
For more information regarding the Rouses Point farmers market, contact Favreau at 297-2064 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.