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June 21, 2012
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Upstate’s Farmers’ Market opens this month

Fresh, locally grown produce, delicious baked goods, jams, jellies and unique crafts by area farmers and small businesses will be available at the Upstate Medical University Farmers’ Market, to open later this month, now at two locations—Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital and Upstate University Hospital at Community General. The markets are open to the public and are made possible by Advocates for Upstate Medical University.

The Community campus market, to be located in the hospital’s parking lot at 4900 Broad Road in Syracuse, will be open Thursdays starting June 28. The Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital market, to be located in its parking lot on the corner of Irving and Adams streets, Syracuse, will be open Fridays, beginning June 29. Both markets will run from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

“We’re excited to bring this to our community, now in two locations,” said Upstate Advocate Bonnie McCabe. “We see patients visiting the market, their family members who may just need a break, and of course people who work in the area stopping by to see what’s at the market.”

“Our markets give people the opportunity to buy locally produced items, and promote healthy eating,” said Karen Wentworth, director of Upstate’s PATIENTSfirst! Initiative. “We’re especially pleased to bring this to our Community General campus, as there are no other farmers’ markets in that area. With a lot of space and free parking, we’re hoping it really takes off.”

Brownson Family Farms will be one of the local vendors that will offer goods at both locations.

“This will be our second year participating in the Upstate Farmers’ Market,” said Debbie Brown of Brownson Family Farms, located in Kirkville. “We really liked being at Upstate’s Farmer’s Market last year because it was a smaller market and we had the chance to get to know our customers there, and find out what they liked… and didn’t like!”

As a result of those conversations, Brown says that Brownson’s will offer lettuce, cabbage, beets, bok choy, tomatoes, broccoli, pumpkins, cauliflowers, squash, sweet corn, green beans, wax beans, and a variety peppers. She adds that everything Brownson’s will offer is locally produced.

“What we bring comes from our own farm, or a neighboring farm,” she said. “And, even last year, we talked to the other vendors who said that everything is picked fresh just for this market. The offerings at this market, in particular are really good quality, for a very reasonable price.”

For a full listing of participating vendors, visit facebook.com/upstatefarmersmarket.

Caption: Miss New York Kaitlin Monte visited the Upstate Farmers Market last year, choosing a gluten-free dessert from Yum Yum’s Gluten-Free Bakery.

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