Ticonderoga Farmers Market to open

Youth market added in 2013

— The Ticonderoga Area Farmers Market will open for the season Saturday, July 6.

Sponsored by the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce in coordination with Inter-Lakes Health, the farmers market will be held Saturdays through Oct. 12 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Route 9N south of Moses Circle and Liberty Monument.

The July 27 market will be moved downtown as part of the annual StreetFest celebration.

New for 2013 are special days at the market including education and interactive programs, entertainment and a youth market.

A youth market has been added and will be held July 13 through Aug. 17. The youth market is being implemented as part of a Girl Scout Gold Award project. Becky Barber from Ticonderoga is taking the lead and has been working with the chamber, Essex County Public Health/Creating Healthy Places, Nadeau’s Greenhouse and the Ticonderoga Community Garden at the First United Methodist Church. Youth are growing produce as will be purchasing local produce which they will then sell at the market.

“Essex County Public Health – Creating Healthy Places, a grant funded program by the New York State Department of Health, is thrilled to support the efforts toward developing and expanding the Ticonderoga Area Farmers Market,” said Meg Parker from Creating Healthy Places “We have been collaborating with the chamber of commerce to create special days at the market, including youth vendors. Our goal is to create better access to fruits and vegetables. We hope to see you at the market.”

Matthew Courtright, chamber executive director, welcomes the addition to the market.

“Our hope is that 2013 will be a great year for the market to provide the community and visitors with a wonderful experience,” he said. “We are looking to expand the market with additional vendors, programs and farmers.”

Farmers, vendors, businesses, local artists and organizations interested in participating in the market can contact the chamber at 585-6619, chamberinfo@ticonderogany.com, visit www.ticonderogany.com or stop by the office located at 94 Montcalm St. in downtown Ticonderoga.

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