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Bloomingdale Farmers Market takes root

Guy Kats of Field Kats Farm in Bloomingdale holds baskets of garlic he was selling at the last Bloomingdale Farmers Market of the year on Sunday. “It is high season for garlic,” Kats said. “We love our garlic.” (Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone)

BLOOMINGDALE — The last Bloomingdale Farmers Market of the year was held on Sunday and was the market’s most well-attended event yet.

The recently formed Tri-Lakes Regional Farmers Co-operative began the weekly event at the beginning of August, and after a successful “trial run” this month, organizer Guy Kats, of Field Kats Farm, plans to bring it back next summer.

Shoppers bought fresh eggs, vegetables, meats and herbs from local farms while Rocky James, Teresa Stephenson and DiAnna Peckham played folk country tunes in the parking lot of the Hex and Hop Brewery on state Route 3.

Stephen Smith of Lyon Valley Farm said the event grew all through the month of August.

“It started off a little slow but this is our best week so far,” Smith said.

From left, DiAnna Peckham, Teresa Stephenson and Rocky James played folk country tunes in the parking lot of the Hex and Hop Brewery on state Route 3 at the last Bloomingdale Farmers Market of the year on Sunday. (Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone)

As word spread, the market gained some regular customers, and drew in more who saw the fresh produce stands on the side of the road.

Smith said the market is held at Hex and Hop because he knows the owner Ethan Mikesell — they have a symbiotic relationship, bringing in customers for each other — and it’s a central location for all the farmers.

Heather Odell from Lake Placid was there on Sunday buying some tomatoes. She heard about the market from friends, and while camping in the area, stopped by for lunch.

Kats moved to the Bloomingdale area a year ago from Western New York. He said the market has gone well and the farmers are happy.

“It’s a great opportunity for people to get some really fresh veggies and pastured meat from our local farms, and at the same time a way for farmers to make the most of their harvest during the abundant summer months,” Tri-Lakes Regional Farmers Co-operative President Kristin Ballou wrote in a press release. “We hope that it will be a place for the community to share in some of the surplus of the season and connect with the farmers in their neighborhoods.”

Stephen Smith of Lyon Valley Farm in Bloomingdale sells fresh tomatoes to Heather Odell from Lake Placid at the Bloomingdale Farmers Market on Sunday. The market is held by the Tri-Lakes Regional Farmers Co-operative. (Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone)

Next year, Kats and his wife Amanda plan to extend the market through September and expand it to have more vendors.

Stephen Smith of Lyon Valley Farm in Bloomingdale looks over his fresh herbs, vegetables and produce at the last Bloomingdale Farmers Market of the summer on Sunday. (Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone)

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