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Indian Lake Farmers Market a success

To the News Enterprise:

The Town of Indian Lake, the town without a grocery store, moved steps closer toward providing fresh, affordable food to residents during summer 2013, thanks to a few committed residents.

The Indian Lake Community Farmers Market (ILCFM) Steering Committee would like to thank the community for their support and participation in the Town’s first-ever Farmers Market held 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday, July 13, through Saturday, September 28 on the Indian Lake Central School lawn, Route 28. Location is everything, and thanks to Mark Brand, Indian Lake School District Superintendent, the market location was spacious and highly visible for vendors and shoppers. The site was also excellent because it was located one block West of Route 30, two of the most heavily travelled roads in the central Adirondacks.

Our goals were to provide access to fresh, healthy and affordable food; provide a venue for farmers and crafters to sell their products directly to the community; provide opportunities for community groups and organizations to promote their services and programs; and assist in revitalizing the Main Street by increasing pedestrian traffic. We achieved all of our 2013 goals.

During market days, Daryl and Deb Smith, Dyanne Crotty and Ryan Leddick provided musical entertainment. Darlene St. Amour, Hamilton County Health Department Manager, reviewed her agency’s programs and services with shoppers and Gabe and his father Cal Stanton representing the Indian Lake Cub Scout Troop, held a popcorn fundraiser. Thank you, all. Your participation in the Market helped create an educational and festive atmosphere. Plans include increasing community and organization participation in the 2014 Market.

We greatly appreciate the expert advice we received from Diane Eggert, executive director and staff of the Farmers Market Federation of New York and Nancy Welch, executive director, Hamilton County Cooperative Extension. Local Harvest, thanks for providing our Market signs.

Thanks to Hope Valley Farm, J Gallup Farm, Phil’s and Jill’s, Sundance Designs Textiles Co, Northshore Sales and Greg Prine our farmers and crafters, for helping make our Committee goals a successful reality. Future plans include expanding the market to include additional farmers and vendors.

The 2013 ILCFM Steering Committee includes: Father Phillip Allen, Kim Ameden, Liz Cannan, Taff Fitterer, Aaron Gadway, Linda Mitchell, Mary Robertson, Danielle Shaw and Brenda Valentine.

Brenda Valentine and Danielle Shaw

Indian Lake Community

Farmers Market chairpersons

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