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February 13, 2013

Valentine's market to bring locals together

By Wanda Callagy
The Daily Star

---- — Local farmers, artists, writers and crafters will be looking Thursday at an event sponsored by the Greater Stamford Area Chamber of Commerce.

Close to 40 vendors are planning to attend the indoor pop-up market being held on Valentine’s Day at the Frank W. Cyr Center at 19 W. Main St. in Stamford. From 3:30 to 6 p.m., the historic building will display soaps, candles, pottery, local honey, fresh flowers and other local goods. Don Dales will play old love tunes on the piano in honor of the holiday. 

Heidi Pickett, treasurer of the chamber, said she is enthusiastic about the upcoming event.  According to Pickett, the last two events, held near Thanksgiving and Christmas, had good participation.

“Many of the vendors are returning, plus we have new people coming from Sharon Springs,” Pickett said. “We want the word out there that we will pull in good products from the areas surrounding us. The money goes back into the community right here.” 

Pickett said the market offers a chance for area shoppers to discover some hidden gems, and for local artisans to connect with each other. 

“You would be amazed at the talent around us and there is such a variety,” Pickett said. “The networking that goes into it just opens doors for more opportunities, and presents more ideas for people.” 

Carol Bodnar of Peck and Potter Farm in Jefferson will be bringing her Schoharie-sourced apple and maple marmalade along with scones, and shortbread cookies in heart shapes dipped in chocolate.

“The last event was great,” Bodnar said. “Our kitchen here has been up and running for over a year now and we feature three kinds of marmalade, and a peanut butter cookie that is gluten-free. I have met a lot of people, talking with others, and now we go all over.”

Pickett says the response in the community for these pop-up markets has been positive to the point of almost being overwhelming. The next event will tie into the New York State Maple Weekend on March 16, and will feature maple growers along with other vendors.

“Getting everyone in the community involved in some way is my goal,” added Pickett. “The Chamber wants to keep helping in some way to support our local farmers and crafters, and we are open to ideas to make it convenient for everyone to buy local and give it right back here.”