The weather may be getting colder but that doesn’t mean our local farmers’ markets are disappearing, they just may be changing for the season.

The farmers’ markets may be going away but just from the outdoors. A couple of our local markets are making their annual changes to indoors and now, here’s where you can find them.

The Troy Waterfront Market which is aptly named since it’s usually along the waterfront is the first market moving indoors for the season. According to a press release, “The Troy Waterfront Farmers Market (TWFM) will hold its first indoor Winter market of the season in the former Lansingburgh Price Chopper building this Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. More than 60 vendors will participate.”

Usually, the market would move into nearby Troy Atrium but this will be the first time that the market will be in Northern Troy since its inception. They are hoping that the space will allow for more people and still stick to COVID regulations. “In accordance with New York State’s current COVID-19 guidelines, the Lansingburgh store will have a capacity of 200 at any one time. After counting the vendors and staff, the space will be able to safely accommodate approx. 120 customers at a time with ample room for social distancing.” Any amount over capacity will have to wait outside but they’re looking to experiment with text messages so you don’t have to wait in the cold. Shopping from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. will be prioritized for seniors age 60+ and the immunocompromised. The TWFM Farmers Holiday Market will be held at the Lansingburgh location on Sunday Dec. 13 and Sunday Dec. 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The next farmers’ market moving indoors is the Schenectady Greenmarket which will be returning to Proctors. According to their press release, “To meet Proctors’ health and safety protocols, all customers will be required to provide their name and a phone number…All customers’ temperatures will be taken (but not recorded) prior to entering. Anyone with a temperature exceeding 100.4 will not be allowed to enter.” It will be Sundays from 10am-2pm.

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One of my favorite things to do is walk around the various farmer’s markets in the area and find new local businesses. On a recent trip, I came across some delicious cookies from NibblexNosh.

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