To some, summer means water-sports, grilling, bonfires, warmer weather, and/or vacation. When I think of summer I think of all those activities, but as a cook I think of the farmers’ market.

The farmers’ market in Saranac Lake, Schroon Lake, and Lake Placid (known as the Ausable Grange farmers’ market) is one of the highlights of the summer months. It’s a social gathering, but the farmers’ market offers phenomenal local ingredients crafted by phenomenal people.

I have the opportunity to cook for people who appreciate great food. The great local ingredients from the market provide a great foundation to preparing great food, but it also puts a story behind the food. I can tell my guests a great deal about where their food came from, how it was produced  and a bit about those that produce it. This adds another dimension to their dining experience

If you get the opportunity, stop by one of the locations this summer. The Lake Placid market goes from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Schroon Lake is on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saranac Lake is on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy the summer and if you get a chance, stop by one of the farmers’ markets and see what the area has to offer.

Christopher Griffin is a chef/instructor at Paul Smith’s College. He is the owner of Kitchen 229 personal chef and catering services. He lives in Paul Smith’s with his fiancee, daughter, two dogs and their cat.


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