The Cortland Farmer’s Market has moved due to the ongoing construction on Main Street, but is still going strong in its 45th year.
Carla Plunkett, of the Town of Virgil, has taken on the role of market manager this year. According to Plunkett, the Farmer’s Market will remain at its current location on Court Street for the next two years. It can be found directly in front of Grace and Holy Spirit Church.
The market and church have found a cooperative balance, with market visitors welcome to use the church bathroom facilities if needed and leftover produce being donated to the Loaves and Fishes food pantry.
Why Buy Local
Plunkett notes that all vendors at the market are verified to be local to Cortland County. Vegetables from home gardens and fruits from across New York State are available, along with the knowledge of how to prepare them, directly from growers.
“We get a lot of young moms,” Plunkett shares. She added that the farmers and growers love to share recipes that bring out the best aspects of their crops. The Cortland Farmer’s Market has comparatively lower prices than surrounding counties, according to Plunkett, and with summer gas prices there’s no better time to shop local.
What You’ll Find
In addition to produce, one can also find crafts, fresh-cut flowers, and locally made soap. It’s also worth coming back regularly, as vendors can still apply to participate and more may be added throughout the season.
The market is open on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2p.m. through the end of October, which will mark the close of its 45th year with a community celebration.