The 2022 season begins at Lake George’s Village Farmers Market on Wednesday, June 22, expanding the farmers’ market’s definition of a broad mix of foods, beverages, crafts and arts. Although the opening day was cloudy and cold, one vendor noted that there was a steady flow of foot traffic through the market. “Lots of people take samples and cards.” The market will be set up on the sidewalk in front of Shepard Park on Canada Street every Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through September 7. Free parking is available for shoppers in front of the market.
Monica’s family has been on their Maple Valley farm in Corinth for five generations. The scent of maple cotton candy added sweetness to the air of Shepherd’s Park. Maple Valley Farm also brought syrup, maple candy, maple cream, and maple sugar to the farmers market.
Liz’s Cakes & Bakes owner Elizabeth Allen wasn’t running her booth on opening day. She was busy preparing for her high school graduation. In her place, her father, Roger Allan, sold cakes and biscuits that the enterprising young woman had prepared for the market.
Roger says Liz started baking when she was a sophomore in high school. It was during the pandemic, and she was bored. She produced more than her family and friends could eat, so she started selling in the markets. In 2020, it sold its products at the shirt factory in Glens Falls. Last summer, I started selling at Lake George Farmers Market. Also sells out on Saturdays at Lake George Escape Campground.
Lay’s specializes in custom cakes and baked goods for people who are sensitive or sensitive to gluten, dairy, and other problematic ingredients. According to Roger, Liz plans to attend SUNY Adirondacks in the fall to study entrepreneurship.
Stunad’s Italian Ice offers many flavors at the farmers’ market, with more options available at their shop in the Village Mall a block south of Shepard Park.
Lake George Examiner assistant Sarah Winter enjoys a three-scoop dish—a mix of cherries, chocolate, and Italian icing.
Sundaes The best hot fudge sauces are made locally by Katie Camarro in Saratoga County and sold in the market by Kathleen Miller. While shoppers have many types of hot fudge sauce to choose from, including hazelnut, java, and peanut butter, Miller says the original hot fudge sauce is a bestseller.
Freddy’s Rockin Lemonade serves fresh, cold lemonade and offers a unique variety of flavors such as watermelon, cucumber, and basil. Shoppers who are apprehensive about unusual flavor combinations are offered a free sample. The guys at Freddy’s Rockin Lemonade drive the 85-mile drive from Sharon Springs, New York every Wednesday because “we sell a lot of lemonade in Lake George!”
Alicia of Mean Max Brew Works pours samples for market shoppers.
Saratoga Apple brought out bags of apples and apple products including apple cakes.
Junbucha is similar to kombucha but is brewed with raw honey instead of sugar. Kale, who has been selling ginbocha along with other health products, says junbocha is an anti-inflammatory that is good for “gut health” and for strengthening the immune system.
Stone Sounds offers a large selection of stones and jewels.