Ticonderoga, N.Y. - The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that the 2014 Ticonderoga Area Farmers' Market will begin on Saturday, July 5th from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. on Route 9N, Southwest of the Liberty Monument. Sponsored by the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce, AmeriCorps for the Adirondacks and Inter-Lakes Health, the market is a NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets FMNP (Farmers' Market Nutrition Program) approved market accepting checks/coupons.

 

The Market will take place on Saturdays from July 5th through October 11th, 2014 (weather permitting) with the exception of July 26th when the market moves to downtown Ticonderoga for StreetFest. For the first time, the Ticonderoga Area Farmers' Market has a Market Manager.

"My primary goal is to have a compliant market with at least two bona fide farmers", stated June Curtis. "At this point I am rejoicing at the promise of four farmers and several vendors!" she continued. "Having a larger, more diverse selection of fresh local vegetables, fruits, honey and maple syrup will benefit the consumer and add to the market activity".

Theme days highlighting professionals, organizations, individuals and children with specific demonstrations and activities have been scheduled to enhance the market experience. Although the market begins on Saturday, July 5th of the holiday weekend, the grand opening is slated for the July 12th Market.

In addition to several farmers and vendors the following will be offered at the Ticonderoga Area Farmers' Market throughout July.

July 12th: At the Grand Opening Libby's Bakery will be on hand with a variety of delectable specialties, Lakeway Ice Cream will offer tasty ice cream cones and the Messenger Clown will wander through the market painting faces (only if you wish) and making animals out of balloons.

To further the awareness that gardening offers opportunities for exercise, fresh air and healthy food, Portia Burke from The Country Florist & Gifts will lead a hands-on activity "Planting a Pizza Garden" introducing kids to gardening on July 12th as part of the Grand Opening. Vegetables and Herbs from seeds or seedlings will be planted in fiber pots in a personal garden-like pizza-shaped tray. The "pizza" of plants can be taken home, nurtured and eventually transferred into the earth, thus continuing the learning and growing. Parents are asked to call the Chamber at 518-585-6619 to register their kids for this project so enough supplies will be available.

July 19th: The Girl Scouts are scheduled to attend the Market with a Bake Sale including healthy options. Ticonderoga, the First 250 Years Committee will have a presence, discussing the celebration activities scheduled from July 19th through the 27th and passing out event listings. Representatives from the Dolly Parton Imagination Library will be on hand signing up pre-school children for an extraordinary reading program which mails a book each month directly to a child until their 5th birthday.

July 26th: The Market and the farmers move downtown for the 6th annual StreetFest sponsored by the Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership. StreetFest will take place from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM and will include sidewalk sales, vendors, variety of foods, live music, kid's activities & more!

Several special events have been planned for August with themes ranging from an exercise program by the Tiny Wellness Center to an AmeriCorps kids program. Libby's Bakery Café promises to return in August. Hula hoops and live animals are slated to make appearances. Look for additional announcements in the future. Anyone interested in offering a program, entertainment or getting involved with the market, please contact the Chamber Office.

"Farmers' markets can play a significant role in community & economic development, health & nutrition and social well-being," offered June Curtis. "Although I am aware that there's much to be done in the larger context, I feel our Ticonderoga Area Farmers' Market will move forward significantly this season. I am delighted to have this opportunity to bring new energy to this vital initiative."

Chamber Executive Director Matthew Courtright is proud to share that 2014 will be a banner year for the Ticonderoga Area Farmers' Market. "We are fortunate to have partnered with AmeriCorps for the Adirondacks, allowing us to have the staff to concentrate on the Market. With June Curtis, Market Manager, in place to recruit, develop and manage this invaluable community venture, the Ticonderoga Area will enjoy a new vibrancy at the Farmers' Market. We hope many community members and guests to the area will visit the market and enjoy all it will have to offer. I would also like to personally thank June Curtis, as well as the participating farmers, vendors, business, and organizations for their dedication to not only the market but the Ticonderoga Area as a whole. We look forward to a wonderful market in 2014 and for many years to come"

Farmers, vendors, businesses, local artists and organizations interested in participating in the market should contact the Chamber at 518-585-6619, chamberinfo@ticonderogany.com, visit www.ticonderogany.com or stop by the office located at 94 Montcalm Street in downtown Ticonderoga.

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The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce - The Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce (TACC) is a non-profit organization that serves, markets, and promotes the Ticonderoga area including, Ticonderoga, Crown Point, Hague, Moriah, and Putnam, NY. TACC's vision is to be the leading advocate for business, serving as a driving force in the economic vitality of the greater Ticonderoga Area, uniting communities and maximizing resources. The mission of the TACC is to initiate and provide programs, services, and leadership
to enhance a cooperative business community and create a vibrant economy, making the Ticonderoga Area an exceptional place to live, work, and visit. The Ticonderoga Area in New York is located in the Adirondacks along Lake Champlain and Lake George. For more information on the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce or the Ticonderoga Area please visit www.ticonderogany.com, "like" the Chamber on facebook or "follow" TiconderogaADK on twitter.

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CONTACT:
Matthew Courtright, Executive Director
Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce
mcourtright@ticonderogany.com
518-585-6619