LOWVILLE — Good timing and great weather helped the Lowville Farm and Craft Market start the 2019 season with a “larger than normal” crowd and optimism for the coming weeks.
Market Manager Sarah Z. Roes attributed the healthy attendance at the opener this year in part to the Relay for Life event that was set up from the festivities the night before and attracted some early birds to the market and throughout the day.
Ms. Roes estimated there were between 300 and 400 people who visited the market on Saturday,
“Usually it’s a slow market until school lets out, and right now there are few vegetables because it’s early, so I was really surprised that it was such a busy day,” Ms. Roes said.
She also said that despite some early rain, the day turned out “beautiful” which likely added to people getting out to enjoy the glimpse of good weather.
There were 25 vendors open for business at the market, including most of those who were regulars last year.
A few new additions to the event were well-received, Ms. Roes said, including Grassroots Meats, Lyndakers Baked Goods and the Adirondack Eatery food truck out of Forestport.
Favorites from Croghan bologna, to goat cheese, hand-made knitted items, jewelry and wood crafts, paintings, honey, maple and, as the season goes on, a wide variety of produce will be available each week.
On a sales level, Ms. Roes said she is a vendor herself and sold well compared to previous years.
Ms. Roes took over as the market manager in 2017 and added a number of events throughout the summer and fall.
This year, Children’s Day on Aug. 17 will coincide with the Lewis County Humane Society’s Pet-Palooza event slated to feature frisbee catching, pet costumes and trick contests all day beginning at 9 a.m.
Ms. Roes said there will be special events each month throughout the season for the community to enjoy and she hopes they have another successful season.
The Farm and Craft Market will be closed June 8 due to the Beaver Camp Auction at the facility and on July 20 for the Lewis County Fair.
The market is open all other Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Oct. 26 at the Fairgrounds Pavilion.