WINTER MARKETS: SATURDAYS, 9am-1pm unless otherwise noted.
Delmar Farmers Market: Bethlehem Middle School, 332 Kenwood Avenue. (LAST DAY!!!!!)
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)
Winter WonderLARK is today! Shop, watch men & women in speedos run sprints, ornament making and more at the all day event in Albany’s Lark Street Area. Albany.Com has all the information.
December 16-19th is the Annual Melodies of Christmas at Proctors.
The only completely gluten-free restaurant in the area, Sherry-Lynn’s, is having a Breakfast with Santa on December 18th 8am-11am. Reservations NOT required.
On the same day, December 18th, from 11am-4pm head over to The Saratoga Winery to celebrate the holidays with The Saratoga Santa (we really looks like Santa!!!) Live music from 1-4pm.
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.”
Since I don’t have may events to report, I am reprinting the “local retailer” list from my part three post of my local holiday shopping series. It’s the last weekend before Christmas, hopefully you will consider last minute gifts at your local retailer, where ever you are.
A Saratoga tradition, the Peppermint Pig @ Saratoga Sweets in Halfmoon.
Two great stores in Cohoes: All New York State products, like locally made artisianal cheese and wines, at Harmony House Marketplace. Yummy locally-produced apples covered in chocolate at Sticky Fingers.
For people who LOVE all-things-vide0-games (my husband) there is Pastime Legends Video Games.
If you know a beer-lover, a gift certificate or a growler or a six-pack of local Brown’s Brewery ales & lagers would rock. They have their seasonal, Dunder & Blixem Strong Ale, a traditional English style strong ale debuting today. From the website: “Dunder & Blixem is mahogany-red in color with a hoppy and malty character and subtle holiday spice notes and a 7.5% abv.” This brewery rocks as they grow their own hops, can’t get more local than that!
Local pottery from 3rd Street Potters in Troy. I just purchased myself a honey pot there (Merry Christmas to me!) for under $20. A VERY affordable place for gifts and personal purchases.
Other frequent stops of mine in Troy is Anchor 5 Boutique, where there are a bunch of different locally produced art, jewelry, clothing and children items. Market Place Books, where I purchased a tractor book for Miles, which he will LOVE. Their Albany sister stores, at Styvestant Plaza, is The Book House and The Little Book House.
I have yet to get my butt to this store, but I’ve been hearing GREAT things for the foodie and/or home cook, Bel Cibo on Upper Union Street in Schenectady.
Can’t talk local shops without mentioning the two institutions of Lark Street in Albany. Romeo’s (I used to shop their for gifts in high school AND my first year of junior college!!!) and Elissa Halloran Designs.
Local wine at The Saratoga Winery is right around the corner of my house…I plan on getting a few bottles as hostess gifts for Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Festivities.
Since we’re talking foodies and home cooks, there are some fabulous local kitchenware & cutlery stores; Spoon & Whisk in Clifton Park, The Different Drummer’s Kitchen in Albany and Compliments to the Cook in Saratoga Springs.
On the same foodie kick, you can always stop at Pioneer Market, Troy’s Community Food Co-op or Albany’s Honest Weight Food Co-op to make a cool edible gift basket. The best part, I bet you can find numerous locally made products.
For the coffee lover in your life (me) head to any of the above kitchware stores OR The Daily Grind‘s Albany Store (upstairs from the cafe) for a plethora of brewing goodies.
Lastly, this Saturday is Delmar Farmers Market‘s LAST DAY until spring. Hours 9am-1pm at the Bethlehem Middle School. Live music by Hair of the Dog! They have more than just produce, meat and eggs but also tons of local crafts and of course, our favorite bakery, All Good Bakers. They are running a drawing for a free CSB membership, so stop in!