{weekend reading} LOCAL EDITION

PLEASE NOTE: There are THREE local-crafter holiday sales this weekend, Women’s Building in Albany, Victorian Stroll Craft Fair at The Atrium and NYS Museum’s Chocolate Expo, read the details below and don’t miss out!  – Christina

WINTER MARKETS: SATURDAYS, 9am-1pm unless otherwise noted.

Delmar Farmers Market: Bethlehem Middle School, 332 Kenwood Avenue. (through December 18th)
Troy Farmers Market: Uncle Sam Atrium, Broadway @ 3rd. (through April)
Saratoga Farmers Market: Division Street Elementary School, 220 Division Street. (through April)
Schenectady Greenmarket: inside Proctors, State Street, (10am-2pm SUNDAY, through April)


Want to have breakfast with Santa? Again this year Saratoga Springs has their Festival of Trees from December 1-4th. Today’s events include breakfast with Santa at three different times: 8, 9:30 and 11am. Find out more at Saratoga.com.

Also today is “Christmas In the Air” at the Empire State Aerosciences Museum in Glenville from 11am-2pm. Santa & Ms. Claus arrive from the air at 11am. 

Troy has their Victorian Stroll on Sunday, December 5th from 11am to 5pm. There is a ton to do, its a very popular event. There is also a local-vendor craft fair, details below. So go early and enjoy!

On Sunday is also two events in the Empire State Plaza & Museum area. At the NYS Museum is their 5th Annual Chocolate Festival, details below, and also in the same general location is The Great Train Extravaganza at the Empire State Plaza from 10am-4pm. If you see a 22-month toddler repeatedly saying “Choo Choo” and not wanting to leave ever, that would be Miles Jae, my son… Empire State Plaza Tree lighting and fireworks around 5pm.

January 6-8th, 2011 is Albany’s first annual Wine & Dine for the Arts. From Albany.com “Local Albany chefs show off their skills in this inaugural three-day food and wine festival to raise money for the arts! The Albany Chefs’ Food and Wine Festival will take place Thursday, January 6th through Saturday, January 8th, 2011 to benefit the Art Community of Downtown Albany. This is a great opportunity to support your local downtown businesses, including the local arts and restaurants. Throughout the weekend you will taste top-of-the-line food and wine pairings, as well as learn about the impressive art of food and wine preparation with cooking demonstrations and wine tasting seminars. Don’t walk away empty handed! There will be a wine auction to give you the chance to take home some of the exceptional and distinctive wines you have tasted throughout the weekend.”


Women’s Building Artisan Market: December 4th, 10am-4pm. The Women’ Building of Albany is hosing a local artisan marketplace. A From Scratch favorite, All Good Bakers, will be there selling goodies and gift certificates. From their website:“Celebrating the talent and craftsmanship of local women artists, artisans and crafters, The Women’s Building Artisans Market  is a spotlight the tremendous ability of women artisans.”

On Sunday are two local-only vendor fairs. At Troy’s Victorian Stroll, there is a local-vendor craft fair at The Atrium (where the Farmers Market is on Saturdays). 11am-5pm. The NYS Museum is having their 5th Annual Chocolate Expo with a Holiday Gift Mart including all local food purveyors. Here is the brochure,  ChocExpo2010 ( in PDF format) with list of purveyors.


3 Comments Add yours

  1. SallyA says:

    I just want to say thanks to whichever one of you posted the spaghetti squash recipe yesterday. We make it last night and boy was it ever delicious. We’ve always loved spaghetti squash but this made it an entree instead of a side dish and was fabulous. THANKS SO MUCH!!!

    1. Christina says:

      Ohh thanks SallyA! Sarah rocked that spaghetti squash for her kiddo C-Man! I know it sounds delish! Sooo thrilled that you are trying the recipes we post, its the biggest compliment! -Christina

    2. Sarah F says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed the spaghetti squash this way as much as we did. I took the leftovers for lunch the following day and they were delish then too and all of my co-workers were drooling! Anyway, great! Yeah for spaghetti squash. 🙂

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