The Guilderland Farmers Market, which has operated in Guilderland’s Star Plaza since 2018, says that they are forced to temporarily shut down due to a dispute with Orchard Tavern West, the second location for the Albany-based restaurant.
The market, which is owned and operated by Scott Abraham, also operates the Washington Park Farmers Market in Albany.
In an e-mail sent Wednesday afternoon, the market claims that Orchard Tavern West has made complaints regarding the market.
In 2018 we started the first farmers market in Guilderland. Our first year was so successful for our vendors that we are opening a month earlier, now starting in July. The Market will be on every Sunday and ending on the second Sunday in October.
We are forced to move our farmers market because of the Orchard Tavern West….
So….the owner of the Orchard Tavern West complained to the owner of Star Plaza that our farmers market is causing him to lose business.
We operate from 10am till 2pm on Sundays. The orchard tavern opens at 12pm on Sundays, leaving 2 hours we are operating during their business hours.
I sat down with the owner 2 weeks ago and offered a free booth to sell his food/give out coupons, etc. and even offered to have him set up tables to serve food, he declined.
I just got the call today from the owner of plaza that we have to move our market to the back of the plaza because of the continued complaints from the Orchard Tavern losing money because of our market.
We will be moving to the back of the plaza for now.
We hope you will continue your support for small businesses, local farmers, who take part in the market which is their lively hood.
We will be looking for a new home for the market. We apologize for any inconvenience
More as the story develops.