PLATTSBURGH- The Plattsburgh Farmers and Crafters Market will kick off its 2011 summer season this Saturday, May 14.
The market, located in the Durkee Street parking lot, will run Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. through Oct. 9, and Wednesdays starting in June.
Market organizer and maple vendor Patricia Parker is excited for the onset of the season, particularly with the added vendors for this year.
"We are filled to capacity, but now we're also renting like six spaces on the end-we're growing," said Parker.
Among the seven added vendors are a wooden toy purveyor, a new wine vendor, a quilt vendor, and a meatstick merchant.
Parker is particularly excited about the addition of a meat vendor, which will feature pork.
"We have a person who raises their own pork and chicken, and eventually as the season wears on - there will be lamb and duck," she said. "We'll also have more of a variety; we not only have like six vegetable growers, with their own special brand, but also four bakeries."
Also in the vein of diversification, Parker emphasized "something really great" as the inclusion of a gluten-free baker.
Phil Favreau, who has been the lone wine vendor at the market for three years, welcomes the company of the Hid-In PinesVineyard of Morrisonville.
"There going to be two wineries down there, myself and Mr. LaMoy," said Favreau, referring to Hid-In Pines owner and operator Richard LaMoy. "I'm very happy to have him."
Like Parker, Favreau welcomes the diversity.
"He makes a very different wine than I do - it's not a competition at all," he said.
LaMoy was attracted to the market because of its wide exposure, having previously sold vegetables there.
"I found the market had good exposure, so that's what I'm looking to capture here."
Like Favreau and Parker, LaMoy is not worried about competition, but instead wishes to expose patrons to new experiences.