Farmers Market season begins!
Farmers Market Season Begins!
The growing season is here and our farmers markets are beginning to open!
  • Canton - the market opens on Friday, May 12 and will be open on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:00 to 2:00 at the village park 
  • Potsdam - the market opens on Saturday, May 13 and will be open every Saturday from 9:00 to 2:00 at Ives Park

The markets in Gouverneur and Hammond open in June. And Massena opens in July. Watch for details in upcoming newsletters.


What might you find at a farmers market in May? The selection's not as great as later in the season, but asparagus, greens, herbs, lettuce, peas, plants, rhubarb, scallions, and spinach are all possible.

Remember that debit, credit, and SNAP EBT cards are welcome and GardenShare will again be doubling the value for SNAP customers.

Volunteers needed!  Do you love your farmers market and want to see it thrive and grow? We need your help to promote the market to customers and to support the market managers on market days. Go here or contact Rhonda to learn more.
Annual Benefit Dinner and Auction

Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Jake's on the Water, Hannawa Falls
Cocktail hour at 5:30 (cash bar)
Dinner at 6:30

Please join us for our annual celebration of local food and support GardenShare's work to ensure that everyone has access to that wonderful local food.

Tickets are $80 each or $150 per couple and can be purchased  here or by calling GardenShare at 315-261-8054.

A sampling of auction items:
  • Cape Air - two round-trip tickets between Ogdensburg and Boston
  • Circle G Farm - half gallon of maple syrup
  • Potsdam Food Co-op - twelve loaves of bread
Thank you to our sponsors:

Presenting Sponsors

Friend Sponsors
Frazer Computing
Green Hammer Construction
Curious about the Jake's dinner?  Watch this  short video of last year's 
event,  created by one of our terrific interns .
2017 Local Food Guide

Congratulations to Robert Taillon who submitted the winning photo for the cover of the 2017 Local Food Guide.

Pictured are Josh Taillon and Alicia Cote, showing off some of their produce from Spiritwood Farm in Madrid. For the last two years, the farm provided some of the fresh food prepared and served at Jake's on the Water, where Josh is the chef.  Robert, Josh, and Alicia say they are looking forward to many more seasons to come!

Local Food Guides are at the printer and will be distributed in early June. Look for yours in the mail or call us at 315-261-8054 if you wish to receive one.
News in Brief

Join us on Saturday, May 6 from 10:00 to noon for a volunteer clean-up day in the Canton Village Park - let's get the Park ready for Farmers Market season.  Meet at the park and bring your own rake and gloves.

Get ready to start your summer menu planning at our Massena Farmers Market information booth, located at the Massena  Boys  and  Girls  Club Home and Garden Extravaganza on  Saturday, May 6, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM  in the Massena Arena. Learn more about Massena Farmers Market and learn how you can help GardenShare fight hunger in Massena and throughout St. Lawrence County! We'll have some great recipe ideas that you can try with your fresh fruits and vegetables, and we'll even have free seed packets so you can start your own garden!

Summer volunteers needed - With the college students on their way to summer plans shortly, volunteers are needed to assist at the free meal programs in Canton:
  • Campus Kitchens serves a free meal on Monday evenings at the Unitarian Universalist Church .  Volunteers are needed in the afternoon and early evening to cook, serve, and clean-up.  You can sign up to help here.
  • The Free Will Dinner at the Canton United Methodist Church serves on Wednesdays. Volunteers are needed from 4:00 to 6:00 to assist with serving and clean-up. If you can help one or more Wednesdays, please contact GardenShare's Volunteer Coordinator.

Save the date - September 17, 2017 - for the third annual Fight Hunger 5K!  Planning is just beginning and we are looking for volunteers to help.  If you would like to be part of the volunteer committee organizing this event, please get in touch!  315-261-8054 or
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