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Chestertown to host its own farmers’ market

A Monarch butterfly lands on a flower before it is to be cut and included in an arrangement to be sold at an upcounty Farmers Market. A newly-oirganized producers’ market is planned for Wednesdays this summer in Chestertown, and plans call for fine crafts, floral arrangements and gourmet natural foods all to be included in the items for sale.
Photo by Diane Randall

A Monarch butterfly lands on a flower before it is to be cut and included in an arrangement to be sold at an upcounty Farmers Market. A newly-oirganized producers’ market is planned for Wednesdays this summer in Chestertown, and plans call for fine crafts, floral arrangements and gourmet natural foods all to be included in the items for sale. Photo by Diane Randall Diane Randall

— A farmers' market is to be held in Chestertown beginning this summer, according to members of the sponsoring group, the Tri-Lakes Business Alliance.

Plans for the market, which will likely include work of area artisans, were announced Friday Feb. 24 at the biweekly meeting of the upcounty business development group.

The market is to be held each Wednesday morning from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the front lawn of the Chester Municipal Center from June 20 until Oct. 10.

The market is intended to feature only produce grown locally, and a process has been launched to recruit farmers to be vendors at the market. Letters are being sent out this week to known local producers, inviting them to reserve a space at the market. Applications are also available online at :www.chestertownfarmersmarket.com.

The market in Chestertown joins a number of established markets elsewhere in northern Warren County, including Warrensburg, Diamond Point and North Creek.

A logo has been chosen for the Chestertown market through a contest among art students at North Warren High School. Votes from the market’s Facebook page provided input for Alliance group in selecting the logo to be used for the enterprise.

A design drawn by North Warren student Martha Torres was chosen. Martha is to receive a $25 prize. The four runners-up in the contest will receive ice cream cones donated by Main Street Ice Cream.

Stall rates are available from $109 for the 17-week season to $69 for an 8-week commitment. This will be a “producer’s only” market and all products sold must be grown or created by the vendors themselves.

Also, Business owners and individuals are invited to become a “Friend of the Market” by donating funds to help with advertising, insurance, signage, postage and group affiliations. Mail donations to: P.O. Box 257, Chestertown, NY 12817. Details regarding donation levels and market operations are available on the website.

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