The largest weekly market in the area is the Troy Waterfront Farmers Market (www.troymarket.org), held Saturday from 9am to 1pm at Riverfront Park in Troy. (In winter, the market moves to Uncle Sam Atrium, at Broadway and 3rd sts.) You'll find meat, dairy, produce, and flower vendors, as well as potters, vintners, and local producers of soap, cheese, honey, wine, yarns, and possibly the best homemade pesto on the planet, from Woodstock-based Buddha Pesto. Goold Orchards, 1297 Brookview Station Rd., Castleton (tel. 518/732-7317), south of Albany on Route 9J along the Hudson, features an apple orchard, farm store, cider mill, and bake shop. It offers pick-your-own apples, strawberries, and pumpkins in season, as well as an apple festival in October and a corn maze. City versions of farmers' markets in town are Wallenberg Park, Clinton Avenue and North Pearl (Mon 10am-1pm); SUNY Plaza, corner of Broadway and State (Thurs 11am-2pm); and Empire State Plaza (Wed and Fri 11am-2pm).
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