Soggy start for market

GLOVERSVILLE – Lousy weather has put a damper on the first four weeks of the farmers market in Gloversville, but organizers remain hopeful the season will turn around as the weather improves.

“We’ve really only had one good Saturday, weatherwise,” said Mike Tillson, president of the Fulton-Montgomery Farmers Market Association, which runs markets in Gloversville, Johnstown and Amsterdam. “The others have all been either outright rain or very cold weather, like 45 degrees and the wind howling. That hasn’t been very good for people turning out to browse. We’ve been a well-kept secret this year.”

Shoppers who did turn out for the market Saturday morning were treated to the music of singer-songwriter Sawyer Fredricks, 14, of Glen. Accompanied by his cousin, guitarist Art Fredericks, who was visiting from Connecticut, Sawyer sang original songs from his new CD, “Out My Window,” and covers of songs by popular artists such Ray LaMontagne and Janis Joplin.

Several vendors at the market said the soggy spring has affected some crop growth in the region, but farmers have adjusted, as they nearly always do.

Vendor Jesse Walter, owner of Beyond Your Garden, on Fish House Road in Broadalbin, said he had to change how he grows his many varieties of shrubs.

“Most of my shrubs start to flower around July 4. Things were a little wet this year, but I used a couple of different types of soil, and I found that a coarser soil drains a little better, and that has helped the plants.”

Tillson said he expects strawberries to be available in two weeks, and the rest of the summer’s produce won’t be far behind.

The Fulton Montgomery Farmer’s Market Association operates four farmers markets in the region:

– The Gloversville Farmers Market at the Elm Street Pavilion on Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

-?The Johnstown Farmers Market, at the park on West Main Street, Tuesdays from 3 to 6 p.m.

-?The Amsterdam Downtown Farmers Market at the Inman Center, Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

-?The Amsterdam Uptown Farmers Market at Sanford Farms on Route 30, Wednesdays from 3 to 6 p.m.