We are lucky to have a great selection of farmers markets in the Capital District, all of them offering a nice selection of local products. I find that I end up at the Troy Farmers Market, Spa City Farmers Market and the Saratoga Farmers Market most frequently and I wanted to share a list of some of my favorites in no particular order. Pak Dong from Puckers Gourmet
It's delicious on tacos, burgers, hot dogs or right out of the jar. Totally addicting!
Waffles from Pika’s Farm Table
The Liege waffle is one of my absolute favorite things to get at the Troy Farmers Market. It’s served warm and has the perfect amount of extra crunch on the outside from the caramelized pearl sugar. LOVE LOVE LOVE!
Mean Green Smoothie from the Smoothie Shoppe (Spa City Farmers Market)
It’s so refreshing on a warm summer's day. During the fall, they offer Pumpkin Spice and Apple Cider smoothies which go perfectly with a fresh cider donut.
Pizza or Calzones from DeFazio’s (Troy Farmers Market)
Hummus and Falafels from Beirut (Troy Farmers Market) The owner of Beirut is so sweet and he genuinely wants to make you happy. They have a restaurant right around the corner and everything they serve is delicious and authentic. If you go, try the Moujadara (lentils and rice served with golden onions) and the Kibby (layers of beef and wheat mix stuffed with ground beef and onion). I have to say that the descriptions don't do these dishes any justice. Just try one and see for yourself :)
Peanut Butter from the Peanut Principle
They have a large selection of flavors to choose from so you are bound to find a bunch that you’ll fall in love with. Bring on the Dashing Through the Dough (cookie dough peanut butter) please! The Life of Pie and I Want S'more will have you looking for a spoon or a piece of bread ASAP.
Saratoga Sparkling Rosé from Galway Rock Wines
Light, crisp and refreshing with just the right amount of effervescence. This will add some sparkle to your Saturday night or pizzazz to a Wednesday.
R&G Cheese Makers Fig Goat Cheese
Figs and Goat Cheese are a match made in heaven. The other varieties they offer like Orange Ginger or Garlic and Herb are wonderful as well.
Nine Pin Cider Ginger
I love all of the cider from Nine Pin but my favorite is the Ginger. It’s great for fall too!
Beef Patty from First Choice Caribbean (Troy Farmers Market)
A perfect combination of spices and beef, this will have you thinking palm trees and sandy beaches.
Three Cheese Travers from Saratoga Crackers
There are plenty of options to choose from but this stands out as one of my top picks. The cinnamon sugar is a home run too!
Enjoy their granola plain, on top of yogurt or ice cream or as a streusel topping.
The Pumpkin Pandemonium is perfect for these cool fall days and upcoming holiday season.
Kunik from Nettle Meadow Farms
Wonderful on its own or with crackers or bread. Pair it with a glass of wine and you’ve got a winning combination!
This is by no means an exclusive list and there are a TON of other local purveyors with wonderful products. I just wanted to call out a few that I really love. What are some of your favorite farmers market finds?