farmers market

Kevin Fitzpatrick / WAER News

The Downtown Farmers Market kicked off its 46th season Tuesday in Clinton Square with beautiful food and live music.    Downtown residents and lunch breakers enjoyed the music of Miss E and the Resonators.

They perused the wares of dozens of local vendors, and haggled and swapped recipes with farmers, bakers and craftsmen. Market Director Chuck McFadden said opening day couldn’t come soon enough.

Undeterred by the Drought, The Downtown Farmers Market Continues to Sprout

Aug 23, 2016
Sophia Morris, WAER News

  It’s been a hot, dry summer across Central New York and local farmers have certainly felt the impact.  Less water means smaller yields and a lot more work, especially for the farmers that assemble at the market on Tuesdays in downtown Clinton Square.

Bill Ingersoll owns and operates Ingersoll Farms in Fulton, and has noticed a bit of yield loss.  But he says nothing too drastic due to the drought.

two men stand under a white tent and talk with a female customer over a table displaying earns of corn
Hannah Warren / WAER News

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York has issued a challenge for the month of September: eat as locally and organically as possible to support businesses and sustainable farming in your community. The “Locavore Challenge” involves everything from shopping for local and thoughtfully-grown produce at the market to experimenting with various preservation methods like freezing, canning and fermentation. 

The Regional Farmers Market is the first stop in a series where we document some of the local farms, businesses, and ideas that are shaping the locavore landscape in Central New York.