Albany County's Innovation Fund was created back in November of 2021 when MVP Arena took over the naming rights to the county-owned arena, previously known as the Times Union Center. Their contract included $1.4 million annually over the course of five years to support both the fund and other projects within the community. The fund's first major project? A new Farmers Market for downtown Albany, the Albany County Farmers Market! (Steve Hughes,

Shelley Pauls via Unsplash
Shelley Pauls via Unsplash

It's no surprise that yet another Upstate Farmers Market is set to launch this summer, this time through a partnership with Albany County and MVP Health Care, as well as the Downtown Albany Business Improvement District (Steve Hughes, A true upstate New Yorker can never get enough farmers markets. They're always filled with fresh and delicious high quality food items at low costs. It's also a great way to get involved with your community and help out a local business.

Our goal is to operate a vibrant, open-air market series that provides our neighbors with fresh, high-quality food and artisan goods sourced from local farmers and producers. The market also seeks to strengthen and further activate our neighborhood by providing entertainment, family activities, nutritional education, and support for local nonprofit organizations. -Business Improvement District,

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Kyle Nieber via Unsplash

When is the Farmers Market Open?

According to, the market is free and open to all individuals and will take place on South Pearl St. in Albany, right outside of MVP Arena, and will run the following dates and times:

  • Sunday, July 16th @2-4pm
  • Sunday, August 20th @2-4pm
  • Sunday, September 17th @2-4pm
  • Sunday, October 15th @2-4pm

If you're a vendor who's interested in participating in the event, you can apply online here.

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