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Sahaja Meditation Instructor Melanie Pandit speaks to farmers market attendees about the benefit of Sahaja Meditation each week.

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Pet rocks on sale at the Willowplace Farm booth.

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Jeff Clemishaw, of Trifecta Farm, Sharon Springs, sells a variety of products, including peas, scallions, radishes, greens, spinach and zucchini -- available this past weekend for the first time -- along with lamb and chicken.

Joshua Thomas - Radishes on sale at the Trifecta Farm booth.


Farmers Market is destination for locally grown and produced items

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - Updated: 9:57 AM


C-S-E Editor

CANAJOHARIE -- The Canajoharie Farmers Market opened on Saturday, June 14 in the parking lot of the Arkell Museum and Canajoharie Library, and will be open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., offering a variety of locally grown and produced items.

"'Buy local, buy fresh' is our motto", said Market Manager Diane Reilly, who also sold items, including red, ripe strawberries, on behalf of her farm, Emerald Valley Acres, of Fultonville.

Reilly, who has managed the market for four years, said that her most significant goal is to have a steady, weekly market in Canajoharie -- dependable vendors with great products, so that local people can be assured that the market remains a primary shopping location, providing all sorts of seasonable vegetables, organic meats, cheeses, sweets, and various other items ranging from soaps to art.

On Saturday, Melissa Clark entertained on acoustic guitar, playing a selection of recognizable songs from the 1960s and 1970s. "It's fun music," said Clark, stating that farmers markets are her venue of choice. "I try to play farmers markets. I really like farmers markets," she said, noting that her musical style is suited to the crowds typically found there, ranging from young kids to their grandparents.

Reilly said that she's always looking for weekend entertainment, including, "anybody who wants to show off their talent, whether it's juggling, music, or anything."

Willowplace Farm, of Canajoharie, has been displaying at the market for years, and though farm Owner Paul Marshall said that some weeks the market is slow, his experience has been positive. On Saturday, Marshall had a variety of items for sale, including grass fed meat, beef, organic eggs, garlic, and pet rocks painted by his wife and daughter.

Newcomer Carlene Peck has been selling fresh brown and white eggs for the past two weeks, commenting (with a smile) of the market, "everyone here is very nice."

Jeff Clemishaw, of Trifecta Farm, Sharon Springs, who is currently selling in his third season at the market, had various fruits and vegetables for sale Saturday, including peas, scallions, radishes, greens, spinach and zucchini -- available this past weekend for the first time -- along with lamb and chicken.

"It's been great," Clemishaw said of his experience, noting that he looks forward to seeing regulars every Saturday.

Barry Gaughan, owner of Windy Hill Goat Dairy, Cherry Valley, displaying in his second year, had a variety of goat cheeses for sale Saturday, including jalapeno and caraway seed hard cheeses and garlic, horseradish, onion and chive and jalapeno soft varieties. Gaughan also sold goat milk soaps.

Shorty's Treats, out of Cobleskill, offered a variety of home-baked products, including cookies, fudge, caramel corn, jams, pies and cupcakes.

Upon entering the market, the first booth to greet shoppers was one outlining the positive effects of Sahaja Meditation.

Sahaja Meditation Instructor Melanie Pandit said that her purpose at the market, which she's displayed at for three years, is to educate people about how the stress reduction offered by Sahaja Meditation can benefit their lives.

It teaches people, she said, "to be more empowered and in control of their mind, rather than their mind being in control of them."

The non-profit, grassroots organization holds free classes every Tuesday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Arkell Museum.

Joshua Thomas - Carlene Peck sells fresh brown and white eggs for the second week.

Joshua Thomas - Fresh brown and white eggs for sale by Carlene Peck.

Joshua Thomas - Melissa Clark played hits from the 1960s and 1970s at the Canajoharie Farmers Market Saturday.

Joshua Thomas - Market Manager Diane Reilly, of Emerald Valley Acres, with a vast selection of ripe strawberries.

Joshua Thomas - Sweets on sale at the Shorty's Treats booth.

Joshua Thomas - Goat milk soap at the Windy Hill Goat Dairy booth.


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