The Plattsburgh Farmers’ and Crafters’ Market (PFCM) and the City of Plattsburgh has been working over the past few months to create new facilities that will allow the PFCM to relocate their weekly farmers' market to the Harborside area near Dock St. As plans for the Durkee Street development have progressed, the leadership of the PFCM and the City have had multiple discussions regarding how best to accommodate the future needs of the market and have agreed that the construction of a new home for the PFCM in the City’s Harborside area is the best option available to keep the PFCM in downtown Plattsburgh.
Farmers Market President Dick Crawford and Manager/Vice-President Julie Baughn stated "In all our conversations with the City, the long term success of the Market was our main concern. The move down to the Harborside area will help ensure this. We see the long term potential in this move, of having the market be a magnet of continued growth in that area. The Market is an important resource in providing fresh food, and local products to our entire region, and this will enable us to continue to do so far into the future."
The construction of a multi-use building in the Harborside area is part of a plan by the City to enhance public access to the lakefront and riverfront as envisioned in the City’s DRI Strategic Investment Plan. The new building will provide the Farmers' Market with access to a large quantity of public parking which will help ensure its continued success. While the City intends for the PFCM to have exclusive use of the new building during its traditional operating season of May through October, the building will be available for use by other organizations during the remainder of the year. The PFCM’s presence will draw people to the Harborside area by providing access to local products – a popular feature among both residents and tourists – and will establish the PFCM as an anchor for future development of the City’s lakefront.
Mayor Read added, "This is a fine example of a partnership between the city and a group of committed entrepreneurs that have helped to bring high quality and affordable products to our residents and visitors alike. Meanwhile, the City is also creating plans to enhance its harborside and give more of our region's residents a reason to access the water in our Lake City. The partnership with the Farmers' Market is an important part of the plan."