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Excitement helps usher in new Oriskany Farmers Market

Nicole A. Hawley
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Posted 6/10/22

From homemade soaps and wildflower bouquets to cheese-stuffed pickles and gourmet popcorn, local crafters and farmers shared a sense of excitement with local shoppers...

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Excitement helps usher in new Oriskany Farmers Market

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ORISKANY — From homemade soaps and wildflower bouquets to cheese-stuffed pickles and gourmet popcorn, local crafters and farmers shared a sense of excitement with local shoppers during the first Oriskany Farmers Market held at Trinkaus Park Wednesday.

Under sunny skies was the official first day of the market, that will take place 2 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday now through the end of September at the park located at 420 Utica St.

Currently there are 18 vendors featured at the market, but there’s still openings for more.

A prime place to find fresh produce and other goods, the market meant a “fresh start” not only for the village on this new endeavor, but also for many of the featured vendors.

Danielle Magnitzky, of Forestport, owner of Stitches Niche, along with her good friend Kelly Fletcher, of Deerfield, said the Oriskany market was their first market ever.

“It’s such a beautiful park and the perfect spot for a market,” said Magnitzky, adding that she was glad to be part of the inaugural event as she kicked off her business.

Magnitzky makes craft items, such as dream catchers, as well as homemade remedies like body butters and pain relief ointment.

“I grow my own calendula for my products, which is great for healing,” she said.

“And her pain relief salve actually works,” added Fletcher.

As for it being their first show, “We’re dipping our toes in and hoping it gets bigger from here,” Magnitzky said.

Pooneil Healy, owner of Free Flow Farm in Herkimer, heard about the Oriskany market through a friend and decided to make the trip from Herkimer County to take part.

“I participate in other markets too, but I have a good friend who lives in Oriskany and I told her to come on down and hang out with me while I’m working the market,” Healy said. “I like that they’re (the village) is doing this, and it’s so exciting to be among the first” participating.

“It’s just good to get in at the ground level,” she added.

Free Flow Farm also offers “a little bit of this and that,” from wildflowers and fabric crafts to Healy’s speciality — medicinal herbs.

She’s especially proud to feature “farmacopia,” among her foods, flowers, fabrics and fungi.

“’Farmacopia’ are my medicinal herbs, and yes I made up the word,” Healy laughed.

Over at Cottonwood Handmade, owner Kelley Waskiewicz was selling her handmade artisan soaps, hand lotions and beard oils, as well as bath salt mixtures and other bath luxuries. A professional photographer by day and owner of Cottonwood Studios, from where her new booth got its name, the Utica resident said she was excited to be back home.

“I actually graduated school from Oriskany,” Waskiewicz smiled. “It’s so nice to be back in my hometown.”

Waskiewicz shared that until recently, only her family knew about her passion for making artisan soaps and homemade goods. As a photographer, she said she recently attended a local wedding expo and decided to bring some of her products along. Turned out they were a big hit among the prospective brides in attendance.

“I studied for one year,” about going into business, “and Monday was my first day selling, so I’m really excited to be taking part in the Oriskany market too,” Waskiewicz said.

Booths are still available for those interested in becoming a vendor. A full season permit is $100, or a single-day permit costs $25. Farmers, crafters, artisans and food trucks are all welcome.

Musicians interested in playing at the market are also encouraged to send their booking information. Contact Oriskany Village Office at 315-736-3512 or visit Oriskany.org for more information.

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