The winter snow has melted…
The warmth of spring is coming and soon it will be summer. With the burgeoning crops of seasonal fruits, vegetables and flowers beginning to emerge, it is the best time of year to get out and explore local and regional farmers’ markets. New York State has a number of markets that should be at the top of any traveler’s “places to vist” list.
Ithaca Farmers’ Market: Ithaca
This local favorite has been in operation since the early 1970s. Unlike other markets on this list, the Ithaca market is an owner-cooperative market and has more than 150 members who participate as vendors each week. Open on Saturday and Sunday from April through December, this market features produce and wares that were grown and created within 30 miles of the pavilion location. There are hot foods, artisanal gifts, handcrafted wares, fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers, and other spectacular offerings available for sale. For information about hours and location go to the website at ithacamarket.com.
The Rochester Public Market: Rochester
This city-run market had been a part of the Rochester community since the early 1900s. The market is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays year-round and has over 300 vendors selling their wares each week. Stalls include fresh produce, ethnic wares, specialty items, hand-crafted soaps, jewelry and other general merchandise available for purchase. There are also independent coffee shops, craft breweries, food stands, and florist’s onsite as well. Additional information is available at cityofrochester.gov.
The Windmill Farm & Craft Market: Penn Yan
The Windmill Farm & Craft Market is the first of its kind in upstate New York. Located in the midst of the Finger Lakes Wine Region, the market has become a premier tourist attraction since opening and has a weekly attendance of more than 10,000 people. There are roughly 100 local and regional vendors who use the market as an outlet for selling their foods, crafts, and art. There are more than 200 shops to browse onsite, each offering a unique product and shopping experience. More information about the market can be found on its website at thewindmill.com.
New York has many more unique markets to browse. A full list can be found online at nyfarmersmarket.com.