Local Farmers' Markets

Auburn

96 State Street, Route 5&20 – Curley’s parking lot

Tuesdays • Thursdays • Saturdays 7am–2pm
June – October
315-704-8609 
www.AuburnFarmersCoopMarketInc.com 
Accepts EBT, WIC, and Senior Farmers’ Markets coupons

Owasco

7198 Owasco Road (under the town shelter)
Wednesdays • 3pm–7pm
June – October
315-253-9021
https:www.facebook.com/owascofarmmarket/?fref=ts

Aurora

Saturdays • 9am – 1pm (June 4 – October 29)
Wells College Softball field (corner Poplar Ridge Rd and Route 90)
Aurora NY 13026
Phone: 315-364-3304
www.auroranyfarmersmarket.com       

Port Byron

Schasel Park, Route 31 
Wednesdays • 3pm–6pm
June - October
315-776-4321

  

Moravia

130 Main Street, Kinney Drugs parking lot)
Thursdays • 10am–5pm
June – October
Accepts WIC and Senior Farmers’ Markets coupons
           

Weedsport

E. Brutus St. (village parking lot)
Wednesdays • 3pm–7pm
315-776-4321
May - October
315-834-2022

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Benefits

To farmers

Farmers' markets can offer farmers increased profit over selling to wholesalers, food processors, or large grocery firms. By selling directly to consumers, produce often needs:

  • less transport
  • less handling
  • less refrigeration
  • less time in storage

By selling in an outdoor market, the cost of land, buildings, lighting and air-conditioning is also reduced or eliminated. Farmers may also retain profit on produce not sold to consumers, by selling the excess to canneries and other food-processing firms. At the market, farmers can retain the full premium for part of their produce, instead of only a processor's wholesale price for the entire lot.

Where consumers perceive the farmers' produce as of equal or better quality than produce available through grocers, farmers may retain most of the cost savings to themselves. Some farmers also prefer the simplicity, immediacy, transparency and independence of selling direct to consumers. By contrast, relations with agricultural conglomerates can be burdened with quite complex contractual details.

To communities

Among the benefits often touted for communities with farmers' markets:

  • Farmers' markets help maintain important social ties, linking rural and urban populations and even close neighbors in mutually rewarding exchange.
  • market traffic generates traffic for nearby businesses
  • buying at markets encourages attention to the surrounding area and ongoing activities
  • by providing outlets for 'local' products, farmers' markets help create distinction and uniqueness, which can increase pride and encourage visitors to return.

Reduced transport, storage, and refrigeration can benefit communities too:

  • lower transport & refrigeration energy costs
  • lower transport pollution
  • lower transport infrastructure cost (roads, bridges, etc.)
  • less land dedicated to food storage

A manager of the McClintock Fountains Farmers Market reported that 90% of the money gained at farmers' markets stays in the community. This money also stays in the community longer than money that supports larger corporations. Market owners are often paying clients, 'paying' the local community for the space they use.

Farmers' markets may also contribute to innovative distribution means that strengthen civic engagement by reducing the social distances between urban and rural communities. With fewer intermediaries, the support of independent growers by local community members can enhance local economic opportunities and health & wellness in poor communities. 

To consumers

Consumers often favor farmers' markets for:

  • reduced overhead: driving, parking, etc.
  • fresher foods
  • seasonal foods
  • healthier foods
  • a better variety of foods, e.g.: organic foods, pasture-raised meats, free-range eggs and poultry, handmade farmstead cheeses, heirloom produce heritage breeds of meat and many less transport-immune cultivars disfavored by large grocers
  • a place to meet neighbors, chat, etc.
  • a place to enjoy an outdoor walk while getting needed groceries

Individuals often favor farmers' markets as a way to personally contribute to the community benefits of reducing transport, storage, & refrigeration.

According to Farmers Markets of America, customers drawn to farmers’ markets shop locally for three main reasons: food quality, better prices, and a great social atmosphere.

Evidence seems to show that overall prices at a typical farmers' market are lower than prices at a supermarket because the process of production is more concise; there is less distance to travel and fewer middlemen.

Based on a figure shown in Farmers Markets of America, the prices at a farmers' market are lower than prices at a supermarket 91% of the time.

Another reason that many shop at farmers' markets is that they provide produce at a much higher quality. Robert Sommer argues in his book that “there is no question that farmers market produce is fresher and more flavorful”.