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North country farmers markets preparing for fruitful season

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CANTON — Summer is awakening farmers markets across the north country from their winter hibernation. Here’s what to know about this year’s farmers markets in Jefferson, St. Lawrence and Lewis counties.

Some markets in St. Lawrence County have already begun.

The Potsdam market began last week, and is held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays in Ives Park.

Ogdensburg’s market takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays at 2321 Ford St. Extension.

According to GardenShare’s local food guide, the Ogdensburg market may operate other days, but updates can be found on its Facebook page.

Massena’s market starts in July, and takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays at 105 Harte Haven Plaza.

Hammond’s market starts June 15, and will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays.

Gouverneur’s farmers market starts June 3, and will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays at the village park on Main Street.

Canton’s market starts May 27, and is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday and Friday at the village park.

The Akwesasne market starts June 18, and is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays at 580 Route 37, Hogansburg.

Most of the markets accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program EBT, Double Up Food Bucks, and Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks. Some small changes are coming to the Potsdam, Canton and Gouverneur markets, according to Carlene L. Doane, executive director of GardenShare.

“GardenShare is taking on a shared market management for those markets,” she said. “So instead of each one having its own manager, it will be one person managing all three.”

Ms. Doane said this will help streamline the market for vendors and customers who might have questions or concerns, and therefore don’t need to wonder who to approach.

“If a customer has concerns, it’s going through one person now instead of three,” she said.

Ms. Doane encouraged people to attend their local farmers market.

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Lowering the overtime threshold for farmers, could it backfire?

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WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) – It’s a fight to keep farmers in the state.

New York allows farmers to work 60 hours a week before reaching the overtime pay threshold. But the state wage board is considering lowering that threshold to 40 hours, which is normal in most lines of business.

The idea is to pay farmworkers more. But state officials say the decision could backfire.

“I’ve heard from many, many employees that they just can’t afford to stay in New York if this threshold is lowered. They will leave,” said Assemblyman Billy Jones of the 115th Assembly District.

Assemblyman Jones was speaking at a rally of farmworkers in Peru, New York earlier this week. Jones says the producers won’t be able to afford to pay their employees that much overtime pay. And the employees know it.

“They’re going to go to another state that doesn’t have these regulations,” said Senator Dan Stec of the 45th Senate District.

Stec also points to temporary H-2A workers. He says New York will lose out on the foreign workforce.

“We are going to be chasing the people that are willing to do the difficult work of farming away to other states that don’t have this threshold,” said Stec.

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