Recipe #19: How to Farmer’s Market like a Boss

Sustainability Life Recipe Series

comments
Sustainability LIfe Graphic with a whisk

What practical things can we do in our daily lives to protect our living environment, save money, and contribute to good jobs for people in our community?

We’ve done the research and these steps in the areas of local food, building energy, waste reduction and transportation are a great place to start. The Sustainability Life Recipes series will focus on ways to save money, go green, and learn about resources to support your journey. Have an idea? Send us a note at sustainability@cornell.edu

Welcome to a new semester! Although a full summer month remains (cheering for the Ithaca summer experience), we are ready to embrace all the sustainability opportunities this Fall semester brings. Get ready, grab your reusable bag, and go – to the Farmer’s Market at Cornell.

Farmer’s Market at Cornell

Offered every Thursday from 11am to 2pm, the Farmer’s Market at Cornell brings fresh, local, and delicious foods to Cornell’s campus. Come explore the stalls on the Arts Quad during these times, and meet vendors from both Cornell and surrounding local communities. Items for sale include local honey, student-baked fresh bread, in-season fruit, Indian street food, donuts, and more.

Fresh produce from Farmer's Market at Cornell (Jason Koski/ University Photography)
Fresh produce from Farmer's Market at Cornell (Jason Koski/ University Photography)

Farmer’s Market in the Community

Do you have scheduling conflicts with Thursday’s market on campus? No worries – Ithaca is brimming with chances to go to the Farmer’s Market, and eat healthy, delicious foods while supporting local businesses. Wide-ranging stalls offer Cuban street food, local wines, homemade ice cream, fresh baked pastries, handcrafted jewelry, and dozens more. The Ithaca Farmer’s Market has been cultivating earth and community since 1973. Browse their list of locations and hours below.

1.      Steamboat Landing, 545 Third St.

  • Saturdays until 10/27, from 9am to 3pm
  • Saturdays 11/3 to 12/22, from 10am to 2pm
  • Sundays until 10/28, from 10am to 3pm
  • Sundays 11/4 to 11/25, from 10am to 2pm

2.      Dewitt Park, N. Cayuga St. and E. Buffalo St. Corner

  • Tuesdays until 10/23, from 9am to 2pm

3.      East Hill Plaza, 380 Pine Tree Rd.

  • Wednesdays until 10/24, from 4 to 7pm

4.      Winter Market, location TBD

  • Saturdays 1/5 to 3/30/19, from 10:30am to 2pm
    A vendor at the Ithaca Farmer’s Market interacts with a customer. Interest in local foods is on the rise, and a Cornell study found that regional food hubs can provide economic benefits to communities. (University Photography/Robert Barker)
    A vendor at the Ithaca Farmer’s Market interacts with a customer. Interest in local foods is on the rise, and a Cornell study found that regional food hubs can provide economic benefits to communities. (University Photography/Robert Barker)

Top Reasons to Shop at the Farmer’s Market

Strengthen our local economy by supporting good jobs for people in our community. Eat delicious, fresh food pulled straight from the Earth – no chemicals, no packaging. Enjoy being a part of a warm and caring community.

Pro tip: Reference this New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets calendar (pdf) to figure out what’s in season. An accessible calendar is below.

Vegetables

Availability Period

Asparagus

May 1 – June 25

Beans, Dry

All year

Beans, Lima

September 1 – November 1

Beans, Snap

July 1 – November 1

Beets

June 1 – March 1

Beet Greens

May 1 – October 1

Broccoli

June 1 – December 1

Brussel Sprouts

September 1 – December 1

Cabbage

June 10 – April 1

Carrots

July 1 – April 10

Cauliflower

August 15 – December 1

Celery

August 15 – November 10

Collard Greens

July 1 – January 1

Corn

August 15 – November 15

Cucumber

August 15 – November 15

Eggplant

August 20 – November 20

Garlic

June 1 – December 1

Herbs

All year

Kale

September 1 – December 1

Leeks

August 1 – January 1

Lettuce

May 1 – October 20

Mustard Greens

June 1 – December 1

Onions

All year

Parsnips

October 1 – June 1

Peas

June 1 – August 1, and Sept 1 – Nov 1

Peppers

July 1 – October 10

Potatoes

All year

Pumpkins

September 1 – December 1

Radishes

May 1 – October 1

Rhubarb

May 1 – August 1

Spinach

May 1 – October 20

Squash, Summer

June 1 – October 10

Squash, Winter

August 1 – March 1

Swiss Chard

June 1 – November 1

Tomatoes

June 20 – November 1

Turnips

August 1 – May 1

Turnip Greens

May 1 – September 1

Zucchini

June 1 – October 15

Fruits

Availability Period

Apples

All year

Blackberries

August 1 – October 1

Blueberries

July 15 – October 1

Cantaloupes

August 1 – October 1

Cherries, Sweet

June 20 – August 1

Cherries, Tart

July 1 – August 1

Currants

August 1 – September 1

Grapes

August 15 – November 1

Peaches

July 1 – September 20

Pears

August 10 – March 1

Plums

July 1 – October 1

Raspberries

July 1 – July 20, and Sept 1 – Nov 1

Strawberries

June 1 – August 1

Watermelon

September 1 – November 1

Views expressed in News posts may not be those of Cornell University. No endorsement is implied.