Today after leaving work, I stopped by the Ilion Farmer’s Market at Clapsaddle Farm on Otsego Street, in Ilion, NY. I was looking for… well, never mind what I was looking for. It was NOT a Christmas present. All I purchased was… never mind. It’s not important. It was NOT a Christmas present.
Folk artist Jim Parker, who owns Clapsaddle Farm and runs the farmers’ market, was the only one there. He said he sent the vendors home, because it was too cold for them. He was sticking close to the wood stove himself. I did not take too look with my shopping.
I looked over the display of prints from postcards made by Ellen Clapsaddle many years ago. I also looked over the Jim Parker prints. I discovered a new one, of the back of a couple of buildings overlooking the canal. I know exactly where that building is. I love it! I complimented Jim on it.
He said he had enjoyed painting it and there was a story behind it. He painted the buildings in hopes that somebody would see the picture, get inspired, and restore the buildings. Both buildings have been purchased and are being fully restored. Jim confessed that he didn’t know if it was the painting that had inspired it, but…
“It didn’t hurt,” I said.
I love that little farmers’ market, and I love Jim Parkers’ art. They are open Fridays and Saturdays year round at 437 Otsego St., Rt. 51 South, in Ilion. For more information, you can visit their Facebook page, Parker’s Historic Cider Mill and Farmers Market.