Treats and treasures abound as customers celebrate opening of Clinton Farmers Market

Published Jun 13, 2018 at 4:00pm

CLINTON — Vendors from near and far gathered on June 7 at the Village Green to kick off the highly anticipated 2018 season of the Clinton Farmers Market.

From arts and crafts booths to treats able to satisfy a sweet tooth, the unique talents and hobbies that vendors had to offer were on full display for the event.

More than 70 vendors have secured spots to sell their products at the function, which is held every Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., through Oct. 4.

Among the vendors was Cindy Riedi and her “Un-Cookie Cutter Treasures for ‘un-cookie cutter folks.’”

Riedi, along with husband Mickey, sell handcrafted gifts and jewelry, ranging from various detailed wooden creations to intricate and elegant earrings and necklaces, surely made to adorn any outfit, they said.

“These are our creative outlets,” said Riedi. “Mickey has been woodturning for 40 years and I have been playing around with different beads for about 10 years. I’ve always felt that I have an eye for color and I decided to take my interest and make it become an official business back in 2012.”

The Sherburne couple (Chenango County) have been vendors at the Clinton Farmers Market for five years. During the school year, Riedi is a psychology teacher at Mohawk Valley Community College.

“I focus on my crafts in the summertime when I’m not busy with school work,” she said. “The Clinton Farmers Market is always a favorite of ours, and I’m just so grateful that we can display our creativity with all of these other wonderful vendors.”

Another eye-catching booth among the various patrons was focused on bacon and the numerous ways it can be prepared, including “bacon bits, gourmet dog biscuits, and chocolate dipped bacon.”

Mike Champagne, of Herkimer, ran Champagne’s Homemade Bacon booth and cites his avid fascination of the product to an encounter at the New York State Fair in Syracuse.

“I once tried the chocolate covered bacon at the state fair,” he said. “So, I started experimenting with bacon and chocolate, and found the trick.”

Champagne, who has been creating bacon concoctions for about five years, claims his bacon is better than anything that is commercially sold.

“Once you’ve tried my bacon, you’ll never go back to store-bought,” he laughed. “You simply can’t buy bacon like mine in a store – I’ve perfected the recipe to a unique flavor.”

“I’ve been selling at the Clinton Farmers Market for about four years now,” he continued. “The people here are nice and the atmosphere is extremely welcoming. This is one of my favorite places to spend my day at.”

The Clinton Farmers Market accepts SNAP tokens at the market.  Stop by the Clinton Chamber Information Booth for more information. For more information on SNAP, visit: http://snaptomarket.com/ or http://www.nyfarmersmarket.com/resources-for-market-farmersvendors/.

Incentive coupons are also available. Get a $2 FreshConnect Check for every $5 in SNAP benefits used at the Clinton Farmers Market.  The FreshConnect Checks can be used at all vendors who accept SNAP.  To learn more, visit: freshconnect.ny.gov.

Power of Produce, or POP Kids Club, will be held at every farmers market day this year.  There will be free activities for children ages 5-12. Check in at the Clinton Chamber Information Booth for children’s Passport to Health. Free POP tote bags will be distributed to kids who register. A limited number will be available. The program is supported with a Community Heath Award from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.  

A schedule of 2018 Clinton Farmers Market entertainment:

June 14

10-11:30 a.m.:  Lauren Mettler

11:30 a.m.:  Kirkland Town Library Lunch Time Reads 

12-2 p.m.:  Kevin Wayne

2-3:30 p.m.:  Dusty Elmer

June 21

11:30 a.m.:  Kirkland Town Library Lunch Time Reads 

Noon-12:30 p.m.: Clinton Central School Jazz Band 

12:30-1 p.m.: CCS Chamber Orchestra 

2-3:30 p.m.:  Dusty Elmer

4:30-6 p.m.:  Wild Wool

June 28 

10-11:30 a.m.:  The Honey Badgers

11:30 a.m.:  Kirkland Town Library Lunch Time Reads 

Noon-1:30 p.m.:  Dusty Elmer

2-3:30 p.m.:  Lauren Mettler

July 5

11 a.m. to Noon: Kirkland Town Library Storytime in the Gazebo/Lunch Time Reads 

Noon-1:30 p.m.:  Dusty Elmer

2-3:30 p.m.:  The Honey Badgers 

July 12

11 a.m. to Noon:  Kirkland Town Library Storytime in the Gazebo/Lunch Time Reads 

Noon-1:30 p.m.:  The Honey Badgers 

2-3:30 p.m.:  Dusty Elmer

July 19 

11 a.m. to Noon:  Kirkland Town Library Storytime in the Gazebo/Lunch Time Reads 

Noon-1:30 p.m.:  Mike & Donna

2-3:30 p.m.:  Dusty Elmer

4-6 p.m.: Cait Devi

July 26

11 a.m. to Noon:  Kirkland Town Library Storytime in the Gazebo/Lunch Time Reads 

Noon-1:30 p.m.:  Cait Devin

2-3:30 p.m.:  Lauren Mettler

Aug. 2  

11 a.m. to Noon:  Kirkland Town Library Storytime in the Gazebo/Lunch Time Reads  

Noon-1:30 pm:  Dusty Elmer

2-2:30 p.m.:  Mike & Donna

Aug. 9

11 a.m. to Noon:  Kirkland Town Library Storytime in the Gazebo/Lunch Time Reads  

Noon-1:30 p.m.:  The Honey Badgers 

2-3:30 p.m.:  Dusty Elmer

Aug. 16

11 a.m.-Noon: Kirkland Town Library Storytime in the Gazebo/Lunch Time Reads 

Noon-1:30 p.m.:  Mike & Donna 

2-3:30 p.m.:  The Honey Badgers

4:30-6 p.m.:  Wild Wool 

Aug. 23

11 a.m. to Noon:  Kirkland Town Library Storytime in the Gazebo/Lunch Time Reads 

Noon-1:30 p.m.:  Lauren Mettler 

2-3:30 p.m.: OPEN

Aug. 30

11 a.m.-Noon: Kirkland Town Library Storytime in the Gazebo/Lunch Time Reads 

Noon-1:30 p.m.:  Mike & Donna

2-3:30 p.m.:  Dusty Elmer

Sept. 6

10-11:30 a.m.: OPEN

11:30 a.m.:  Kirkland Town Library Lunch Time Reads 

Noon-1:30 p.m.:  The Honey Badgers 

2-3:30 p.m.:  Lauren Mettler 

Sept. 13 

10-11:30 a.m.:  Lauren Mettler

11:30 a.m.:  Kirkland Town Library Lunch Time Reads 

Noon-2 p.m.:  Kevin Wayne 

2-3:30 p.m.:  The Honey Badgers

Sept. 20  

10-11:30 a.m.:  The Honey Badgers

11:30 a.m.:  Kirkland Town Library Lunch Time Reads 

Noon-1:30 p.m.:  Dusty Elmer

2-3:30 p.m.:  Mike & Donna

4-6 p.m.:  Lauren Mettler

Sept. 27 

10-11:30 a.m.: OPEN

11:30 a.m.:  Kirkland Town Library Lunch Time Reads 

Noon-1:30 p.m.:  Lauren Mettler

2-3:30 p.m.:  Dusty Elmer

October 4 

10-11: 30 a.m.:  Dusty Elmer

11:30 a.m.: Kirkland Town Library Lunch Time Reads 

Noon-1:30 p.m.:  Wild Wool

2-3:30 p.m.:  The Honey Badgers