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Four farmers markets across St. Lawrence County will be opening this week, one of them for the first time.

The town of DeKalb will have a farmers market from 1 to 6 p.m. every Wednesday in the parking lot of Carvel’s Ace Hardware on Route 11 through October.

“There’s a lot of traffic on Route 11 at that time of day,” said Zoe A. Baker, manager of both the DeKalb and Canton farmers markets. “Once people see the tents they’ll be stopping on their way home from work or wherever.”

Ms. Baker said that although not too many people have signed up to participate in the new market yet, she hopes the numbers will grow as it gets further into the season.

“That’s typical for the beginning of any season,” she said. “Mostly the markets will have crafters and vendors with maple syrup or baked goods.”

Canton’s market, which opens Friday at the Village Park on Main Street, is celebrating its 40th year. It will be open Tuesdays and Fridays through October.

The Ogdensburg Green Market opens Saturday and will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through September in Library Park. It also has a Thursday market that will open May 15 and be open from 2 to 5 p.m. every Thursday at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center.

Potsdam’s market also opens Saturday and will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays in the parking lot of Ives Park on Main Street.

The severe winter weather and rainy, cold spring could affect the amount of produce at some of the markets this year, said Laura B. Popielski, program manager for St. Lawrence County’s GardenShare.

“They’re definitely not going to be as booming with produce as they usually are,” she said. “Farmers with greenhouses will have some green onions, herbs and lettuce and there will always be local eggs, meats, preserves and maple.”

The Hammond farmers market doesn’t start until June 5, but will be open from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursdays at the Hammond Museum.

Ms. Popielski said it had its first market last year, but this will be the first year it will be able to take debit cards and electronic benefit transfers for food stamps.

Also new this year, Ms. Popielski said, Cherie Whitten from the Whitten Family Farm in Winthrop will have a mobile market with the produce from her farm.

“She’ll be in different locations each day of the week,” Ms. Popielski said. “But she probably won’t start until late June.”

Ms. Baker said Canton farmers and vendors are looking forward to a construction-free year. For the past two years, Main Street in the village was under construction, causing business for the market to slow down.

“That was the consensus of all the vendors,” she said.

Ms. Baker said that despite the weather so far, she expects the Canton market to have a really good season.

“The winter and spring we’ve had may slow things down, but we’re supposed to get nice weather the next couple of weeks,” she said. “So, hopefully, it won’t impact the markets too much.”

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