Old Forge Farmers Market is a vibrant community market pulling farmers, crafters and artisans from all over upstate NY.
The market provides fresh and nutritious food to the Old Forge and surround community while also providing support for our local producers. While the market is primarily food based, we reserve several spots for local and regional artisans to bring great variety, quality and people! A weekly spot is also reserved for a single local non-profit or governmental agency to promote community resources.
History of the Old Forge Farmers Market
The Old Forge Farmers Market was founded in 2008. It began as a cooperative idea, the concept was to bring local, seasonal farm products to the Central Adirondacks while providing a community gathering place for residents, visitors, and seasonal residents alike to the hamlet center.
Running a Farmers Market is more complex than it might look to market goers. Our unique and passionate Market Managers have been central to the market’s success. Kelly Hamlin was our first Market Manager and set the stage for our popularity and growth. Reed and Barb Proper then took the manager’s role in 2012, and at 80 years young, Reed became the first certified Market Manager in NY state in 2017. Mary Brophy-Moore and Sue Huber teamed up in 2018, and now Sue and Phil Huber are at the helm of the market since 2019. We are so grateful as well to all our market volunteers throughout the years.
While LivingADK is the sponsor and administrator of the market, it is important to know the net proceeds from vendor rental fees go directly to support food security in our region. To date over $23,000 has been contributed directly to local church food pantries in Old Forge and Inlet and through the market’s nutritional assistance vouchers.
Ah, the sounds, sights and aromas of the Old Forge Farmers Market on Friday afternoons … Who can forget the lines following Kathy Rivet as she crossed the street carrying warm baked goods from the Five Corners Café? The succulent round globes that were Chad Roberts’s heirloom tomatoes, and the deer munching the crisp fall apples from North Star Orchards?