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Ticonderoga farmers market preparing for summer

Vendor being sought for 2014 season

It’s not exactly growing season, but the Ticonderoga Area Farmers Market is seeking vendors for this summer.

It’s not exactly growing season, but the Ticonderoga Area Farmers Market is seeking vendors for this summer.

— It’s not exactly growing season, but the Ticonderoga Area Farmers Market is seeking vendors for this summer.

The market, sponsored by Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce and Inter-Lakes Health, will be open Saturdays July 5 through Oct. 11 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Route 9N, near the Liberty Monument. The market will move to downtown Ticonderoga July 26 for the sixth annual StreetFest.

The market is a New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Farmers Market Nutrition Program approved market that will accept checks and coupons.

“The Ticonderoga Area Farmers Market is recruiting vendors for the 2014 market,” June Curtis, market manager, said. “If you produce a quality food product that is locally grown, farm raised or handmade featuring local materials, you may be interested in participating in the farmers market.”

Curtis, an AmeriCorps for the Adirondacks member working with the chamber, will lead the efforts to manage and develop the market. Her responsibilities include recruiting local growers and vendors, managing the weekly operations, assisting vendors in market policy compliance, maintaining records and promoting the market in the community.

“My immediate focus is to invite local growers to join the market,” Curtis said. “Just as broccoli and radish seeds sprout out of the garden, I’m trusting new farmers and vendors to sprout out of the landscape, germinating increased activity at the market.”

Farmers are required to grow half of the fruits and vegetables they offer. All products must be local, from within a 100 mile radius.

“The market welcomes vendors who offer original goods that complement farmers’ products,” Curtis said. “Volunteers are needed also. Anyone with an interest in assisting at the market on one or more Saturdays to help set-up and take-down, record attendance, distribute pamphlets, run errands within the site and perform other miscellaneous duties is asked to contact me.”

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