Madison County farmers markets offering more than produce this summer

Summertime farmers markets have returned throughout the Madison County area, offering the freshest of locally produced vegetables, plus much more.

Cazenovia

From produce and local artisans’ crafty creations to baked goods and the coffee to go with them, the Cazenovia Farmers Market offers a diverse selection of locally produced goods Saturdays with live musical entertainment to shop by – all held rain or shine.

Meghan Britton of Fayetteville and little daughter Penelope are regulars at the market, especially enjoying their stops at the Heartstone Artisan Bakery site for bread or smelling the flowers in the Crestview Greenhouse’s display.

“This is our regular Saturday morning outing,” mom said.

The Cazenovia Farmers Market is open from 9 am to 2 pm Saturdays in the park on Green Street.

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Chittenango

The Village of Chittenango hosts its Tuesdays in the Park event featuring an artisans and farmers market, car show, a live music concert and food every week kicking off June 7.

It is designed to give area farms, businesses, not-for-profit groups and community organizations a venue where they can promote and recruit while showingcasing all the village has to offer. Rather than competing for the attention of customers, each business or organization is invited to benefit from the customer base the market brings to the single central setting.

Tuesdays in the Park is from 4 to 8 pm Tuesdays in Dr. West Park in Chittenango.

Aaron Carvell, left, of Old Home Distillers chats with shoppers May 21 at the Hamilton Farmers Market.  The market is from 8 am to 1 pm Saturdays on the Village Green.

Hamilton

In addition to the traditional local produce, baked goods, flowers and handmade goods found at other local markets, the Hamilton Farmers Market also boasts a booth selling the products of local high school FFA members; fundraising stations for both the Community Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and Community Wellness Center; the latest books by local author and Hamilton man about town Art Zimmer; and spirits produced by Old Home Distillers in Lebanon.

“This is one of my favorite markets in Central New York,” complimented Old Home Distillers co-owner Aaron Carvell, who said he has been working the Hamilton market since 2016. “They have a nice green space, a wide variety of vendors and an engaged customer base – I always see a lot of friends here.”

The Hamilton Farmers Market is from 8 am to 1 pm Saturdays on the Village Green.

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Oneida

The Madison County Historical Society’s eighth annual Cottage Lawn Farmers Market summer season opens June 7 and continues every Tuesday. The market features local produce, cheese, eggs, herbs, soaps, maple products, honey, poultry, beef, food trucks and more.

There will also be guided house tours of Cottage Lawn, the 1849 Gothic Revival cottage home of the historical society; storytelling live music and themed weeks focused on wellness, families and the service organizations within the community. The Oneida Public Library offers free kids’ activities the first Tuesdays of the month.

The Cottage Lawn Farmers Market is from 2 to 6 pm Tuesdays on the grounds of the Madison County Historical Society, 435 Main St. in Oneida.

Tom Stone Jr. of Stone Brothers Farm and Greenhouse poses May 30 at the new Silver City Market in Sherrill.  The market is from 9 am to 4 pm Mondays in the parking lot of the Community Activity Center at 139 East Hamilton Ave.

Sherrill

And just north of the border into Oneida County is the new Silver City Market, held Mondays in the parking lot of the Community Activity Center (CAC) in Sherrill. After its debut May 23, future markets this summer are expected to bring out increasing inventories of locally grown and crafted items.

Stone Brothers Greenhouses of Canastota will be there with their vegetables, maple products and flowers every week. Tom Stone Jr said he appreciates the new venue for selling their healthy wares and hopes to see even more shoppers come out as the summer continues.

“We are in our second week here and are doing OK, but I think it will pick up as soon as the word gets out that this is here,” Stone said.

The Silver City Market is open from 9 am to 4 pm Mondays at the CAC, 139 East Hamilton Ave. in Sherrill.

Mike Jaquays is the community news reporter for the Mid-York Weekly. Email him at [email protected]

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