Watertown Farm & Craft Market Back in Full Bloom

Produce, crafts, wine and sunshine were all in abundance as the 41st annual Watertown Farm & Craft Market kicked off Wednesday.

This season brings new vendors and more space for customers to enjoy. The market is hosted by the Greater Watertown North Country Chamber of Commerce, and President and CEO Kylie Peck is enthused by this year’s market enhancements.

“We have closed off Sterling street to accommodate 14 new vendors. We also have a new website and Instagram page, @watertownfarmandcraft,” she said. “The new website will be helpful because there are descriptions of the 70 vendors, maps, and downloadable directories.”

Knitting vendor Brenda DeRoche, 73, has been selling at the market for four years. She even knits her hats and mitts all day as she sells.

“The best part is knowing I’ve made a child happy. It isn’t the money. The children love it,” DeRoche said, surrounded by her “Miss Brenda Hats” goods.

“And for me, it’s my social time. I get to be surrounded by other hard-working people,” she said.

Other vendors agree the market is great for socializing. Troy and Nickey Aubin have their “Busted Grapes” stand set up in the sunshine and enjoy the advertising their business gets from the market.

“This business means everything to us,” Nickey, 45, said. “It’s our whole world,” her husband of 17 years, Troy, added.

“Everyone can get local goods here- wine, honey, produce… it’s great local people putting out good products at a fair price,” Troy said.

Watertown native Michele Abell says she has been enjoying the market since it began. Today, she brings home fresh tomato plants, spinach, kettle corn and fudge.

“It’s important to get familiar with everything Watertown has to offer. Get the taste of New York,” Abell said with a smile.

“There’s something for everyone and it gets people outside and socializing,” she said.

The Watertown Farm & Craft Market is open every Wednesday from 6:30 to 3 and activities include the Flower Memorial Library 10 a.m. story hour and live music from 11-1.

3-year-old Emma Beese helps the Burrville Cider Mill sell donuts and fudge at Wednesday’s Farm & Craft Market