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Saratoga Springs: Farmers Market

July 8th, 2010 · No Comments · Destinations

Blueberries at Saratoga Farmers Market

For a taste of the real Saratoga Springs, you don’t want to miss the outdoor Saratoga Farmers Market held in High Rock Park, just north of downtown.  You can definitely get a taste of the local community who come to shop on Saturday mornings and Wednesday afternoons.  On Saturday mornings in July the market is crowded and lines snake around popular vendors.

High Rock Park in Saratoga Springs

The taste from the local producer only vendors is the real treat.  The Hudson Valley is filled with a growing number of small farms committed to sustainable and heirloom agriculture.  The result is some of the tastiest food in the nation (in the opinion of this farmers market shopping, food snob loving, Northern California expatriate.)  I especially appreciate the diversity of food available considering the long, harsh winter in the region.

July produce at the Saturday market.

Fresh fruits and vegetables, milk in glass bottles, pasture raised meat, apple cider, locally roasted coffee, regional cheeses, fresh flowers, salsas, sauces, maple, preserves, and baked goods can all be found.  If it’s still available when you arrive, I highly recommend treating yourself to a quart of chocolate milk, drinking right out of the glass bottle.  There are also a number of local non profit groups and crafts vendors with stalls under and around the dedicated market pavilion.

Farmers market pavillion in High Rock Park.

You can buy breakfast or lunch and picnic right there in the park.  (Brewed coffee is available if you want to make it your first stop of the day.) It is a great place to provision for a picnic on the SPAC lawn before a performance.  This year, I’m putting a cooler in our car so I can stock up on meats and cheeses plus buy my produce for the week.

Heirloom cauliflower.

(If this rave, groupie-like review doesn’t give enough love to the Saratoga Farmers Market, I give them super bonus love for welcoming well behaved dogs!)

Saratoga Springs Summer Farmers Market: May – October, Wednesday, 3:00pm-6:00pm, Saturday, 9:00am-1:00pm, High Rock Ave., Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

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