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A day at the market with Dave Laxton

The Skaneateles Press will be bringing readers the freshest in market news by featuring a new vendor each week. The Skaneateles Farmers Market is open from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Thursday and, starting this week, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday in the parking lot of the Community Center, 97 State St.

12 years ago, Dave Laxton founded the Skaneateles Farmers Market. For the first time since then, Laxton is not in charge of the vendors. This year he's one of them.

QUESTION: Where do you live, Dave?

ANSWER: West Lake Road, Skaneateles.

Q: How long have you been involved in agriculture?

A: All my life. I was brought up on a farm. In fact, we have a small farm in Mandana that's been in the family -- we can trace it back to 1847.

Q: What is the name of your business?

A: Laxton's Florist & Nursery. [Located on 2354 West Lake Road]

Q: What kinds of goods do you offer your customers?

A: Well, we're full service florists, we have been for about 40 years. But we also, we have a large urn business which we just ended [for the season]. And we do a lot of plants and flowers in our greenhouse.

Q: Do you sell these items on your own, or do you have help?

A: We have a lady that works in the flower shop with my wife. Then our son does delivery. And we have two grandsons that help us with the vegetable program. It's a family thing, really.

Q: How is business going today?

A: You know I don't know what to expect, but I would say, fairly well? You know there's a lot of venders and they all seem to be selling quite a bit, so Yeah, I'm satisfied up until this point. This is the first time I've brought vegetables and stuff down. You do build up a following, you know. A lot of these stands, the same people come back and back and back.

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