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By Tamara Stone

An early Sunday morning run to the Greenmarket may not always appeal to late night Saturday Union partiers, but don’t fear. There is another way to pick up some fresh local produce. Schenectady holds a Thursday farmers market, too!

This mini version of the popular Sunday morning destinations is open 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. outside of City Hall, and hosts a tantalizing array of seasonal produce: apples, squash, tomatoes, herbs, etc. The sight of trays filled with different flavors of freshly made fudge and the aroma of freshly baked breads and pastries awaken the senses and draw customers in.

I spoke with the Fort Hunter Farms’ vegetable seller who told me that (much to my surprise), this market has been around for a while. He has been selling for five years and the market was here before he got there. The market exists year round, but moves inside City Hall starting in November (it comes back outside in May).

“The produce is much less commercial at this market,” said the Fort Hunter Farms’ seller. “People selling at the Sunday market come from all different states and huge farms. But we’re just honest people selling our family grown produce.” He also mentioned that he has noticed a definite increase in the number of people coming to the market in recent years.

So there you have it. A homegrown market a stone’s throw from campus. Skip Geppetto’s one Wednesday night and wake up early Thursday to check it out!

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