A Victory Lap for the Troy Waterfront Farmers Market: #1 in the USA
There was an unmistakable air of Esprit de Corps at the Troy Waterfront Farmer’s Market today after it won the top award for farmer’s markets in the country. The National Farmland Trust awarded the market top honors not only here in the northeast, but for the entire US with it’s People’s Choice Award.
Today’s market found Market manager Steve Ridler running to help vendors like every other Saturday, but there was a difference. “There’s a recognition by our customer base not only of what’s going on here but at markets across the country.” If the attendance at today’s market is any indication of that, it would figure to be quite an understatement.
Ridler went on to say, “From the Troy Market perspective, this is the culmination of 20 years of hard work. A lot of the vendors and communities have been involved for many, many years. And this recognition justifies the work everyone has put in for all these years.”
“At the end of October, the market will move inside the Troy Atrium, many of the same vendors will move too, but the huge numbers of patrons will come down. Of course, we’ll move back outside next spring.”, Ridler said.
The market, now in its 20th year, has grown from about 20 vendors to over 100 since it began in 2000. Over 14,000 people visit the market each week, with a mid-week version featuring a smaller number of vendors (about 20) added on Wednesdays on Broadway between 11:30 and 7 PM.
The market is large, but it has the intimate feel of friends getting together on a weekend to grab a bite, shop for local produce, meats, and crafts, and just be social. Couples, families, college students, and neighborhood regulars all mingle in Monument Square, and up and down River and 3rd St, milling around between the tents, sidewalk tables, and music stages.
It’s the kind of place you can stop and ask the vendor’s advise on a recipe for their goods, or ask about what that particular farmer will be bringing to market next week. As long as you keep control, even your dog is welcome at this outdoor event too, but when it moves inside, it’s service animals only.
There’s a lot of talk about moving the market indoors in the future, we’ll keep you appraised of the situation as it develops. From homemade pickles to handmade jewelry, locally distilled spirits to Troy spirit wear, there seems to be something of interest for everyone here. It’s worth the drive here,…and then some.
Troy Waterfront Farmer’s Market
Saturdays from 9 AM to 2 PM
Wednesdays from 11:30 AM to 7 PM on Broadway at 3rd St.
Accepting Credit, Debit, and EBT/SNAP Benefits.