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A smiling Halfmoon Town Supervisor Kevin Tollisen opens the Halfmoon Farmers Market on a pre-pandemic day in 2019.  Farmers’ markets, deemed essential, have stayed open where practicable and brought fresh food, produce and more to the public in challenging times.

There’s always so much to talk about here in southern Saratoga County!   Every glimpse of springtime sun is a reminder that, with COVID-induced restrictions easing, the season ahead is shaping up to be a really good one.

Farms and farm stores are reopening, offering fresh meats and groceries, ice cream, seedlings and plants.  Farmers’ markets, which were deemed “essential” and thus able to remain open during the height of the Pandemic, are also coming back over the next few weeks:   Halfmoon’s just opened on May 12, Waterford’s starts early this year on May 16, and Stillwater’s on June 1.  These wonderful markets offer the opportunity to not only enjoy fresh farm products but also to take in the experience of the outdoor market, in the beautiful, unique settings of each community.

New this year, “Glamping” has come to Schuylerville!  Immerse yourself in nature, history and the unparalleled experience of upstate New York by camping along one of America’s most iconic waterways. Located less than a mile from the village of Schuylerville and surrounded by Revolutionary War history, the campground is perfect for families, friends, couples and solo travelers looking to get away yet still have easy access to activities and amenities.

Camp Rockaway at Schuylerville will feature fully furnished safari-style canvas tents, set on the banks of the historic canal near Lock C-5. Sites include a pre-pitched 10 x 12 wall tent on a raised wood platform, a front deck with lounge chairs, and a shaded back porch with a hammock. A pre-pitched “pup” tent with cots and sleeping bags can be added for kids or friends.  For details, please visit, email or call (518) 203-1269.

Finally, if you are a small business owner disappointed to hear that the national PPP program has run out of money, there may still be avenues available to you for a financial boost. The Capital Region Advancement Fund, approved through the CARES Act Recovery Assistance Program, remains available to for-profit businesses located in Albany, Columbia, Greene, Saratoga, Schenectady and Rensselaer counties.

The Capital Region Advancement Fund provides low interest working capital loans to help stabilize local business operations and retain employment. Loans can range from $25,000 – $500,000. The interest rate is 1.5%. Businesses who received SBA Payroll Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) loans are encouraged to apply if they need additional capital.

The Capital Region Advancement Fund is managed by the Capital Region Chamber on behalf of the Albany County Business Development Corporation. A full description of the program, along with eligibility requirements and inquiry form can be found at

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