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DEC, Nature Conservancy update Indian Lake Town Board

Dirk Bryant of TNC and Tom Martin of DEC address Indian Lake Town Board meeting on April 8.

Dirk Bryant of TNC and Tom Martin of DEC address Indian Lake Town Board meeting on April 8. Photo by Bill Quinlivan.

Other Business

• Indian Lake Farmers’ Market: Brenda Valentine, representing Indian Lake Citizens’ committee, outlined plans for such a market. Valentine defined the market as “providing access to fresh, healthy and affordable food for Indian Lake residents and visitors.” It would be a venue for farmers, vendors (breads and baked goods, meat, fish, poultry, dairy, maple and honey products, garden and house plants) and area crafters. As such, it is expected to assist in revitalizing the hamlet of Indian Lake and its Main Street by increasing pedestrian traffic. There would be efforts make to help assure that the vendor offering would not be competitive with existing hamlet resources.

The market would be operational from July 5 through Sept. 27 on Friday afternoons from noon until 4 p.m. It would be organized and operated under the direction of various subcommittees and by community volunteers.

Valentine requested that the Town Board consider allowing the Indian Lake Farmers’ Market to operate at the parking lot to the northwest of the Town Hall building. Supervisor Wells explained that he would first need to discuss the possibility with the town’s attorney.

• Indian Lake and Family Garden: Supervisor Wells updated the Town Board members that, according to a communiqué from Nancy A. Welch, Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Hamilton County, the garden on Pelon Road is now in its fifth year of operation and is being put to good use. As an example, the portion of the garden that is designated as “community” grew more than 1,000 pounds of food that went to the food pantry run by Community Action. Wells informed the meeting that 11 families currently have individual garden plots and that there is plenty of additional space for more individual family gardens. Those interested in such a family garden plot should contact Debby Ameden, Indian Lake Garden Coordinator, at 648-5911.

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