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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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