Starting on June 26, APL’s Delaware Branch is the new home of the Delaware Area Neighborhood Association (DANA) Farmers Market. The market is open on Tuesday afternoons from June 26 through Nov. 13. For the summer months, the market will be open for business every Tuesday between 4 and 7 p.m. in the parking lot of the Delaware Branch Library at 331 Delaware Avenue.
During the summer and fall, the DANA Farmers Market is a popular Tuesday afternoon destination where people purchase fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, and flowers. This year, the market will accept food stamps and EBT cards for payment.
Since opening in late 2009, the new Delaware Branch Library has been a busy location where people borrow books and movies, use computers and WiFi, participate in classes and workshops, attend story times and lectures, utilize meeting spaces and study rooms, and meet up with fellow residents.
The Farmers Market and Delaware Branch share a lot of the same clientele, but also hope to grow their customer base with this new partnership.
“Having the Farmers Market at our Delaware Branch expands the definition of a public library in a new way that is really great,” said Albany Public Library Executive Director Carol Nersinger. “The Delaware Area Neighborhood Association and the residents of this neighborhood are wonderful supporters of the library. We’re thrilled to be able to host the Farmers Market at our branch library to give them access to healthy, fresh produce. We also hope the customers will stop into the library for cookbooks and guides about healthy eating.”