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.
A rainy start to the Downtown Syracuse Farmers’ Market today didn’t keep it from opening with a splash. Workers stopped by on their lunch breaks to enjoy the fresh produce and baked goods, and left with items to take home. The weekly event featured dozens of vendors selling fruits, vegetables, wine, baked goods, dairy products and decorative plants.