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Friday, August 08, 2008

Wild Center's First Farmers' Market Great Success
Yesterday I visited the Wild Center in Tupper Lake to visit their first farmers' market. The large ad promoting the market which I had seen at least twice in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise had a great old time woodcut print of a farmer. Many people who come to the Wild Center already lean towards buying local, being green, respecting nature so buying from local producers at the market is a perfect addition to the overall experience.
One vendor, Ellen Beberman from Vermontville and a contact person for this market (go to www.Adirondackfarmersmarket.com and click on Paul Smiths to get her contact info), had totally sold out of her fresh produce by 3 pm. Another vendor, David Tomberlin, Well Dressed Foods, from Tupper Lake, was beaming. The tent in which the four vendors were in had been packed, shoulder to shoulder, before.
Chefs did presentations under the tent and the Wild Center did theme tours. Their green initiative tour was enjoyed by some 25 people; green sedum roof, largest solar panel roof in the park, outdoor compost toilet, eco-pavers for half the parking lot, and more.
Jane Desotelle, Underwood Herbs, Chateaugay, even during the quiet moment when I was there, always had someone in her booth. She had the laminated Made in the Adirondack North Country Product Sold Here sign (www.AdkNCcrafts.com/Products.php) prominently displayed in her booth.
Suzanne N. Rinas, Apiary-Honey Products, Chestertown, sold some honey while I was there.
The Wild Center welcomes more vendors with fresh produce and value added food products to their upcoming Sept. 11 and Oct. 2 markets (1-4pm). They will also host markets in Jan., Feb., and March '09 and plan to have weekly markets in summer 2009. Booth prices are very reasonable and there may even be, during the first year, reimbursement for mileage. It is easy to walk to the tent from the parking lot. The one sandwich board sign at the parking lot was all that was needed. It is not necessary to pay admission to the Wild Center to attend the market. Kerri Ziemann Kziemann@wildcenter.org is the Wild Center contact for the markets.

News From Well-Dressed Foods
For all you shopowners who see David at Buyer Days (April 8-9, 2009), the product line which has been selling the best for him recently is the Spicy Asian Peanut Sauce - A unique Adirondack-Asian fusion.
David is pleasantly surprised at the business he is doing in the shop he opened up in downtown Tupper Lake simply because it was in front of his production and shipping location. The Keene Valley market has not been doing as well for him this summer as it did last summer. The Lake Placid one continues to do well.

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