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Lots of help brings success

Sunday, October 13, 2013 - Updated: 11:02 PM

Dear Editor,

The Town of Indian Lake, the town without a grocery store, moved closer to providing fresh affordable food to residents during summer 2013, thanks to a few committed residents.

The Indian Lake Community Farmers Market (ILCFM) Steering Committee would like to thank the community for their support and participation in the town's first ever Farmers Market Saturdays, July 13 through Sept. 28, on the school lawn, Route 28.

Location is everything, and thanks to Indian Lake Central School District Superintendent Mark Brand the market location was spacious and highly visible. The site was also excellent because it is one block west of Route 30; routes 28 and 30 are two of the most heavily traveled roads in the Central Adirondacks.

Our goals were to provide access to fresh, healthy and affordable food; provide a venue for farmers and crafters to sell their products; provide opportunities for community groups and organizations to promote their services and programs; and assist in revitalizing the Main Street by increasing pedestrian traffic. We achieved it all.

During market days Daryl and Deb Smith, Dyanne Crotty and Ryan Leddick provided music. Darlene St. Amour, Hamilton County Health Department's family health service coordinator, reviewed her agency's programs and services with shoppers and Gabe and his father Cal Stanton, representing the local Cub Scouts, held a popcorn fund-raiser. Thank you all. Your participation helped create an educational and festive atmosphere. Plans include increasing community and organization participation in 2014.

We greatly appreciate the expert advice we received from Diane Eggert, executive director, and staff of the Farmers Market Federation of NY; and Nancy Welch, executive director of Cooperative Extension of Hamilton County. Local Harvest, thanks for providing signs.

Thanks to Hope Valley Farm, J Gallup Farm, Phil's and Jill's, Sundance Designs Textiles Co., Northshore Sales and Greg Prine, our farmers and crafters, for helping make our goals a successful reality. Future plans include expanding the market to include additional farmers and vendors.

The 2013 ILCFM Steering Committee includes: Father Phillip Allen, Kim Ameden, Liz Cannan, Taff Fitterer, Aaron Gadway, Linda Mitchell, Mary Robertson, Danielle Shaw and Brenda Valentine.

Brenda Valentine and Danielle Shaw, chairpersons

Indian Lake Community Farmers Market


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