I was recently having a conversation with my sister and she brought up a great point about farmer's markets. Why do they always have to be on Saturday? Everyone already has a packed schedule on weekends during the summer with traveling, graduation parties, weddings, marathon viewings of the Olympic coverage (maybe just in my house), who has time on a Saturday to add another thing to the list? Well, there's good news! Although it use to be true that most farmer's markets were held on Saturdays and the larger ones still are because they get the most traffic then, there are many smaller ones popping up all over Central New York on just about every day of the week and at various times of the day to accommodate everyone's schedule. So if you weren't a farmer's market fan before because you didn't want to take the time out of your Saturday morning, you're not alone, but give one of these other markets a try and support a local farmer this week!
Upstate Farmer's Market
This market has two locations on two different days of the week. On Thursdays from 11-3:30 it's located at Upstate at Community General Hospital on Broad Rd. On Fridays from 11-3:30, it's located in the parking lot of the Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital on Irving Ave. right next to Crouse Hospital. If you work at or near either of these locations, stop down on your lunch break and check out the fresh, local produce. Both locations opened this week and will run throughout the summer.
You can find more information on Upstate's website by following this link or liking "Upstate Farmer's Market" on Facebook:
Cicero Farmer's Market
For those of you who live and/or work north of Syracuse, this is a new farmer's market this year located in the Driver's Village parking lot next to Burlington Coat Factory. This one is great for the "after work" crowd because it runs from 3 pm-7 pm on Tuesday evenings. It opened earlier in the summer and will run all the way until October 30th. For more info on this market, you can like the "Cicero Farmer's Market" page on Facebook or contact the Cicero Youth Bureau Parks and Recreation Department at 699-5233. You can also E-mail the market's coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Camillus Farmer's Market
This market is held on Fridays from May through October rain or shine. It's located on the corner of West Genesee Street and Male Avenue in front of the Camillus Municipal Building. A great thing about this market is that the organizers require all products to be homegrown or homemade, so you can be sure that you are supporting your local farmers and artisans. Fruits, vegetables, baked goods, flowers and shrubs, and a variety of crafts are available for purchase. For more info on this market, you can contact the Camillus Town Clerk's office at 488-1234.
Syracuse Eastside Neighborhood Farmer's Market
This one is located at Westcott Community Center on Euclid Avenue and is another great one to try if your work schedule keeps you from visiting the ones held during the day. It's on Wednesdays from 2-7pm and is running now until October. For more info, you can call 751-1067.
These are just a handful of farmer's markets that have been added to the growing list all over Central New York. Some are new this year and some have been around awhile. With all of these choices, you have no excuse now not to try one. Go out and buy local this week!