Three cheers for farmer’s market season!! What’s not to love about a good farmer’s market? You can buy fresh produce, baked goods & other fun items, you support local business & it is a great chance to get out and be a part of our community! The farmer’s market can feel like a big town-wide get together & it is a whole lot of fun for the whole family.
There are a lot of options in our area if you’re looking for a great farm market. Here are some of the highlights:
Pittsford Village Farmer’s Market
This is one of our favorites (what can we say, we love our town!). This past week they opened for the season. You can visit them Thursdays from 4-7:30 pm. They are set up at the library; use the N. Main Street entrance. There is so much fun happening at this market; live music, ice cream day, a patriotic dog parade & more. PLUS! Fresh, sustainably raised products from within 50 miles of Pittsford! Visit them online for more details.
Pittsford Farmer’s Market
Another great town market! This one is located in Pittsford Colony Plaza, and takes place Tuesdays & Saturdays from 9 am until 1 pm. They always have beautiful flowers, in adition to farmer’s market staples, like produce! Like them on Facebook and stay up-to-date with all their happenings!
Other Area Markets
Rochester Public Market
280 North Union Street, Rochester, NY
Tuesdays & Thursdays from 6 am until 1 pm
Saturdays 5 am until 3 pm
Brighton Farmer’s Market
Brighton High School
Saturdays from 9 am until 1 pm
Fairport Farmer’s Market
8 South Main Street
Thursdays & Saturdays from 7 am until 12 pm
(note: they will be closed this weekend for Canal Days).
Mendon Farmer’s Market
United Methodist Church
2200 Westside Drive, Ogden, NY
Saturdays from 8 am until 1 pm
Tips & Tricks
Do you want to make the most of your farmer’s market visits this year? We’ve got some tips & tricks for you:
- BYOB– Bring your own bags! Having a sturdy bag at the market is always a plus! Most vendors will have plastic shopping bags, but bringing a reusable shopping bag, tote bag or one of these super-cute shopping baskets will make your load easier to carry (not to mention going green!).
2. Get Advice– Unlike shopping at a regular grocery store, shopping at a farmer’s market actually gives you the opportunity to talk to the people who GREW your food!! They are the experts! Ask them how they prepare a certain fruit or veggie. Find out from them what to expect in the coming weeks! They would love to talk to you!
3. Bring Small Change– One of the perks of shopping at a farm market is that usually costs are pretty low. Do yourself (and the vendors) a favor, leave the big bills at home! Bring singles, and some change; try not to ask a vendor to break a $20 or higher, unless you’re spending a lot at their stand.
4. Go With a Plan/Be Flexible– Farmer’s markets can be a little overwhelming; there is so much variety! Think about your week’s meal plans ahead of time, and bring a shopping list… but, leave room for some flexibility! Thinking you want zucchini this week, but everyone is raving about the corn on the cob!? Go for it!!!
Happy weekend everyone & happy marketing!! Want to get in on the Spring Real Estate Market? Christina Feck would love to help you out!