At the Market: Mister Edge

Have you ever wondered about that beautiful, shiny aluminum Value Van parked in the center of the Farmers Market on Saturday mornings? Tom loved it so much that he popped his head in the door on our first visit years ago, and come to find out, there’s a pretty cool workshop inside, and an even cooler guy!

We’ve loved getting to know Craig over the years as we’ve brought our items to his mobile sharpening van at the Market, and we have a feeling you’ll be digging something out to be sharpened this weekend after reading a bit more about him. We had a blast chatting more about the benefits of regular sharpening, and loved hearing about his connection to his customers and their sentimental items, too. Get to know Craig below!

Mister Edge Sharpening Glens Falls

Tell us a little about yourself!  

My name is Craig Richard but most people know me as “Mr. Edge” or “the knife sharpener”. I’m originally from Long Island and relocated to the area in the early 90’s. I was tired of the “rat race” and didn’t think I would ever get ahead by living on the Island.  After moving up here, I worked for several years in retail as a butcher but wasn’t a fan of working for someone else. Becoming a sharpener was a natural choice because as a butcher I always sharpened my own knives. I knew there was a need for a sharpener in the area and decided to take the leap and start my own small business. Over the past 20+ years I’ve been fortunate enough to raise a family, build a business and become part of a great community and have never regretted my choice of putting down roots in this area.


Let’s talk about your awesome van! What’s the story behind it?

Everyone knows and loves my old school ride! It is a 1978 GMC Value Van and I’ve had it for a really long time. I’ve probably replaced just about every part in it and can’t see myself ever getting rid of it.

The mobile sharpening service is so great and convenient! How did that come to be?

I started doing mobile sharpening to expand my business. As a child I remember the van coming around the neighborhood ringing the bell and everyone running out to get their stuff sharpened - sort of like the ice cream man. Nowadays the focus is on protecting the environment so I figured people would be receptive to the idea - plus saving money is always a bonus.


Are there any dos and don’ts about sharpening folks should know about?

This is a great question and I’m glad you asked because most people don’t know how to properly care for items that can potentially be sharpened. A few things off the top of my head are: never put your knives in the dishwasher because the heat will dull the blade and crack the handles. Using glass cutting boards to cut on is another big “NO” because they can cause chips in the steel and dull your knives. The biggest “Do” is to take good care of your stuff, whatever it is, because by doing so your items will last a whole lot longer. Taking care of your tools and equipment will extend their life, reduce waste and can save you a whole lot of money in the long run. 

What types of things do you sharpen?

I can sharpen anything that has an edge…..scissors, knives, kitchen tools, garden tools, chain saw blades, hand saws, circular saw blades, clipper blades, surgical instruments and so much more. If it can be sharpened chances are I have done it in the past and can do it again.  If you aren’t sure it can be sharpened bring it to me and I will let you know.

What’s one of the most unique things you’ve sharpened?

I’ve sharpened a lot of unique things over the years. I would have to say the most unique are medical instruments. Most people don’t even realize they can be sharpened but really who wants to have a surgeon use a dull instrument?


What do you love the most about your job?

One of the most gratifying parts of sharpening is restoring something to its original glory. Lots of people bring me sentimental items that have been handed down to them from loved ones who have since passed. They all have their own personal story and I love when my customers share them.  From knives that have always been used to carve the Thanksgiving turkey, the saw that has cut the Christmas tree down every year since before they could remember, Grandpa’s knife from World War II, the pair of sewing scissors that were Mom’s, to Dad’s favorite hunting knife - I get a lot of satisfaction knowing I’m helping to keep those memories alive.

How did you become a regular vendor at the Glens Falls Farmers Market? What do you enjoy the most about it? 

I joined the Glens Falls Farmers Market about seventeen years ago. At first the board was leary about letting me join because they thought my machines would be too noisy but they decided to take a chance on me and I turned out to be very popular. I’ve been a regular vendor ever since. The thing I love the most about the market is the people - both the vendors and my customers. I’ve known these people for close to twenty years and consider them my second family.

Do you travel to other locations as well?  

I sure do. I am at the Saratoga Farmers Market at High Rock on Wednesdays from 3-6 pm and at the Canal Street Marketplace in Fort Edward on Thursdays from 4-7 pm. When I’m not at a Farmers Market you can find me at my shop in Gansevoort.

Mister Edge Sharpening Glens Falls NY

How does one get their stuff sharpened? Do you have to make an appointment? 

You don’t need an appointment to get things sharpened at the Market - just bring your stuff and drop it off. If you can’t get to the market just call the shop (518) 793-6724. You can also check out our website here.

How long does it take? 

The amount of time it takes to sharpen something depends on the item.  For instance, knives and scissors usually take a few minutes but chains saws, lawn mower blades, and clipper blades take longer. Some things I have to take back to the shop but in general most items can be sharpened by the time you have finished doing your shopping at the market. 

Glens Falls Living

Thanks so much, Craig! See you at the market!

P.S. Check out another story from our At the Market series here.

At the Market: River 'Rangements

It wouldn’t be summer without a bouquet of fresh flowers from River ‘Rangements sitting on our kitchen counter, and we know we’re not the only ones! They’re one of our favorite stops at the Glens Falls Farmer’s Market each Saturday, and each time we peruse her booth for the perfect blooms, we can’t help but wonder about the riverside farm where they come from.

Wonder no more, since we got a chance to catch up with Debbie Bailey on picking day at her Greenwich home, and it was every bit as delightful as we imagined. Rows of colorful flowers, butterflies at every turn, and the sound of the Battenkill flowing steps away. Read on to find out how Debbie got her start, the perfect flower to start with if you’re thinking of growing flowers in your garden, and some of her tips and tricks for arranging.

River Rangements Glens Falls Farmers Market

Tell us about yourself and River ‘Rangements!

I live in Greenwich on the Battenkill River and grow all my own flowers. Some of them are cultivated by me and some grow wild on the property. I’ve been at the Glens Falls market for over 20 years and was arranging before that, so my grandchildren (6 girls and one boy) have grown up watching me and making their own arrangements from what I discard on the floor. That means I can count on most of them to do great work and actually 2 of them (Isabelle, 19 and Eden, 16) are working with me now. I also have another girl, Abby Neigh, who works, as did two of her older sisters. Sometimes two of my daughters in law, the mothers of Isabelle and Eden, help with weddings. So, it is a family business. My husband digs big holes when I need them and mows...sometimes over the roses!


You mentioned that you’re a Master Gardener - how did you get your start and what inspired you to get into gardening (and more specifically, flowers)?

As my husband was minister at the Fort Miller Reformed Church for over 40 years, I used to arrange the flowers for the sanctuary. Actually, a very dear member of our church did it before me and I observed her and then one day she said, "It's all yours".  I then began growing flowers that would be good cuts and had colors that would look good in our church (the color of the walls were "Angel Pink"...right name for a church!).   

When I was an active Master Gardener for Washington County, I saw an article about growing flowers for market and as I had access to good soil on the Hudson River, I decided to try it. I bartered for land, I bartered for greenhouse barter being labor.

We’d love to hear a bit about your process from soil and seeds to flowers.

I start all my flowers from seed under lights and then in the greenhouse when it warms up. We plant out around the end of May.


We’re dreaming of our own cutting garden at home - what tips do you have for beginners? Is there a flower that is easiest for those just getting started? 

Zinnias are easy...either from seed (started inside) or from plants so they have time to bloom.  Other fillers are Cosmos, Black Eyed Susan and Tai Basil.

Any words of advice for arranging? 

Everyone has a different style but there are some rules to follow. Cut into clean buckets (as clean as your teacups) with lukewarm water in the morning or evening (not in the heat of the day), strip the bottom leaves and them sit for about an hour. When arranging, use the rule of odd numbers of focal flowers (ex: 3 or 5 or 7 zinnias). Two tall long steams looks like bunny ears.

It’s easy to see how much you love this - what rewards have your flowers brought you?

Being part of the Glens Falls scene and having great customers that return year after year. Also, having my family involved is a really wonderful thing.


Your table is a regular stop for us at the Saturday Market. You mentioned you sell there exclusively - what drew you to Glens Falls? 

I have always felt at home there.  My husband and I both have taught at SUNY Adirondack and I feel that Glens Falls is a wonderful northern city.  

Any dreams for the future of River ‘Rangements? A rooftop garden in Glens Falls perhaps? :) 

That is really a pipe dream. I just want to keep doing what I am doing. I do NOT want to be featured by Martha Stewart!

And we must know, what’s your personal favorite flower?

Lisianthus and I don't grow's fussy!

We couldn’t help but see the sign out front for books - we’d love to hear just a bit about your husband’s book shop!   

He has collected them for years from all over the world! His interest in history and books in general have fueled this.

Glens Falls Living

Thanks Debbie! See you at the market!