Central New York is flush with locally grown fresh produce and foods during spring and summer. Even though it's the dead of winter, you can still get your hands on more of the good stuff this Saturday.

Polly and I had a salad made with fresh, locally grown lettuce and sprouts last night (2/4) and it all came from CNY farms who have found ways to continue growing produce using  greenhouses and heated beds. Several of these farms will be part of the Oneida County Public Market this Saturday (2/6).

The "Winter Market" is held at Union Station in downtown Utica from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  every other Saturday in February, March, and April before the summer season resumes May 15. About 18 vendors will be offering everything from fresh greens, produce, eggs, syrups, meats, and even wines and other spirits. Here are some of farms and items that will be available:

  • Banks Farms, Boonville - beef, produce, honey
  • Broasters Coffee Company, Rome - ground & whole bean coffee
  • Champagne's Gourmet Bacon, Herkimer - bacon, bacon bits
  • Conley Farm, Lee Center - pork, lamb, eggs, jams
  • Damin Farm, St Johnsville - produce, syrups, jams
  • Exeter Park Produce and Garlic, West Winfield - bison, turkey, eggs, herbs
  • Fruit of the Fungi, Earlville -mushrooms, garlic powder
  • Heartsease Hill, West Winfield - honey, mead
  • Jake's Bakes, Clinton - all natural dog treats
  • Jones Family Farm, Herkimer - cheeses, chicken, eggs, gelato
  • Kingfisher Farm, Clinton - produce, maple syrup
  • Mounts Creek Farm, Cold Brook - greens, goat meat, chicken
  • Old Home Distillers, Lebanon - bourbon, gin, whiskey, brandy
  • Piacentinos Farm, Deerfield - preserves, eggs, oatmeal, dried fruit, garlic
  • Slate Creek Farm, Barneveld - pork, chicken, eggs, duck, lamb
  • Sterling Valley Maple, Croghan - maple syrup/products
  • Stone Age Winery, Liverpool - wines and accessories
  • Wormont Woolies, Cassville - produce, beef, pork, lamb, eggs

Many of the farms also offer home made crafts and baked goods and all will be located inside the train station, so weather won't be an issue. COVID-19 protocols will be in place, meaning masks are required and you should practice 6-foot social distancing.

Learn more about the individual farms and the public market at Oneida County Market.com

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