New Spring Festival Saturday

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GLOVERSVILLE —The Farmer’s Market Pavilion will be coming to life on Saturday as a new festival aims to kick off the summer season.

The Spring Festival will begin at 8:30 a.m. in conjunction with the first Farmer’s Market of Gloversville’s 2017 season at the pavilion on Elm Street.

Downtown Development Specialist Jennifer Jennings said organizers are excited for the first-of-its-kind event.

“The event is rain or shine, so we are hoping that people turn out, because we have a lot of stuff going on,” Jennings said.

Jennings said this is a time of year when people crave being able to get outside and enjoy the warmer weather.

“I think we are all ready to go for the summer season and this is a perfect way to kick off the year.

The festival will focus on helping participants create a more beautiful, bountiful and rewarding garden this summer. A number of groups will be partaking in the event helping gardeners get ideas for their spring planning.

Fulton County Soil and Water will be handing out free saplings or seedlings while supplies last. Jennings said these giveaways are a big hit with people.

The Fremont Community Garden will have information on how to participate in its annual growing efforts. Fulton/Montgomery County Cornell Cooperative Extension will have master gardeners present to answer all your gardening questions.

“It may not be the day to go out and start planting, but at least you’ll have a resource for questions people might have,” Jennings said.

The Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services Pathways in Technology Early College High School will have a children’s activity for the young plant enthusiast.

The Fulton County Center for Regional Growth will have an information booth on its downtown revitalization initiatives and 2017 calendar of events.

Musician Scott Seeley will be performing during the event.

“It’s a great way to get people to start to think about all the things that are happening this summer,” Jennings said.

Vendors at the Gloversville Farmers Market include Beyond Your Garden; Fictitious Farm; Glen Glade Farms; Gray’s Garden & Greenhouse; Karen’s Produce; Lucky Clover Artisanal Bakery; Milburt Farm & Greenhouse; Natural Bridge Farm; School House Gardens and Solstice Hill Farm.

“People are going to be able to get groceries, bedding plants, vegetables and baked goods at the farmer’s market, so they can fill up their kitchens with delicious foods and their gardens with amazing products, lots of things to offer for people not just for their gardens,” Jennings said.

Jennings said the Gloversville Farmer’s Market is a producer-only market, which means the people selling the products are the ones who raised it or made it.

“That really lends an air of credibility to the products that they sell, because they are very responsible for the quality,” Jennings said. “It helps drive our local economy, too. It helps keep the dollars in town.”

This event will be the first in the summer series of downtown festivals and markets. Jennings said the city will have a different downtown event almost every month from now to October, from the Southern Adirondack Food and Wine Festival in June to the Bacon Jam in October.

“This is to get people to think about their gardens and changes to the season, but also to get them excited about the different downtown events that are hap

By Patricia Older

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