Senator Patty Ritchie recently asked Northern New York residents “what is your favorite farmers market?” and the votes are in.
“Recently, I asked people in the Central and Northern New York regions to cast their vote for their favorite farmers market in my 2012 Online Farmers Market Survey. The response was overwhelming—and there definitely were some close calls,” said Senator Ritchie.
There are currently 11 farmers markets in Jefferson County, one of the most popular being the Greater Watertown North Country Chamber of Commerce’s Wednesday market. The market is held in front of the Dulles State Office Building and took first place among the voters.
“We are very pleased our market is so popular with our community. It is a great event to be a part of. We appreciate our vendors, both old and new, and all of our many customers for their continued support over the years. We thank the City of Watertown, Dulles State Office Building, and Washington Street Properties for providing us with an excellent downtown location to host the market; and also to Watertown Savings Bank for sponsoring us this year,” said GWNC Chamber events director Michelle Farrell.
In Oswego County, the Oswego Farmers Market, held on West 1st St., beat out 5 other markets for the top spot. And in St. Lawrence County, the Canton Farmers Market, which takes place at the Village Park, took top rank.
Collectively there are nearly three dozen farmers markets throughout the three counties. A list of all markets can be found by CLICKING HERE.
“Even though only three markets could be named the “best of the best,” one thing is for sure, we’re all winners when we eat fresh, locally produced, healthy food.
There’s proof that buying—and eating locally is catching on,” said Senator Ritchie.
Today, New York has more than 560 farmers markets, doubling the amount the state had 10 years ago.