Catillaz lobbies for winter farmers' market at Town Hall

Bevilacqua would support idea if details worked out

— Both candidates for Harrietstown supervisor were pressing the flesh this past weekend at various events, and one was cooking up a plan to bring the popular farmers’ market to the Town Hall this winter.

Village Trustee Tom Catillaz, the Democratic candidate, attended the Farm 2 Fork Festival Saturday, Sept. 1 and spoke with Sam Hendren, organizer of the Saranac Lake Village Farmers’ Market at Riverside Park every Saturday in the summer months. Their conversation turned to a possible farmers’ market at the Harrietstown Town Hall in the winter months.

“I guess they tried it a year ago and the town was not very receptive to it, and I don’t want to speak for them,” Catillaz said by phone Monday, Sept. 3. “I’m going to send them a little note tomorrow and ask them to reconsider it.”

Catillaz drafted a letter to the Town Board and planned to deliver it Tuesday asking for a sit-down session to work out the details.

“That whole thing has turned into something really big,” Catillaz said about the Saturday farmers’ market. “Even if it carries on through half of the winter, it’s a good thing for everybody.”

Asked if he’d be proposing the winter farmers’ market at the Harrietstown Town Hall if he wasn’t running for town supervisor, Catillaz said, “Yes, I think so.”

And asked if this is proof of how his leadership would go as town supervisor, Catillaz said, “I hope so. You’ve got to look at stuff. You can’t just ignore everything that’s going on around you. In the village, we have had our eyes open to everything that’s come along. And if you were around the village this weekend, wow, it was packed.”

On Friday Night, the village-led Downtown Saranac Lake committee sponsored an Outdoor Movie Night at Berkeley Green, which was well attended. Short “Popeye”cartoons were shown before the main film, the original “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” The popular Farm 2 Fork Festival was held Riverside Park on Saturday. And the Hobofest drew a large crowd at the Union Depot on Sunday.

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