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Downtown Farmers Market Returns to Clinton Square, Planting Seeds for the Summer Festival Season

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

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– In just one week, the Downtown Farmers Market, presented by the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc. will return for its 43rd annual season. Next Tuesday, June 9, at 7 am, dozens of the region’s best farmers and produce dealers will converge on Clinton Square to kick off the 2015 Downtown Farmers’ Market Season.

The Downtown Farmers Market operates from 7 am to 3 pm every Tuesday through October 13, rain or shine, in Clinton Square. The Market offers a convenient, open-air alternative to shop for locally-grown fresh fruits and vegetables, plants, flowers, wine and baked goods. As the growing season continues, The Market brings in as many as 50 regional farmers providing some of the freshest, healthiest produce available in Central New York.

“The Market has been a longtime source of locally-grown foods for the community,” said Charles McFadden, market director. “Downtown residents and employees often tell us how much they look forward to the Downtown Farmers’ Market each week, and the event provides great exposure for farmers too. Visitors are excited about getting access to fresh, healthy foods that are often grown by family farm operations. In turn, the farmers and produce dealers get more visibility, and repeat customers.”

New this year, every Monday, subscribers to the Downtown Committee’s weekly newsletter will receive updates about what’s happening at the Downtown Farmers Market, and a schedule of what’s in store for the next Market Day. In addition, the weekly updates will feature profiles of farmers, produce dealers and vendors, which will also be published on the Downtown Committee’s website. The public is encouraged to sign up for these weekly newsletters by emailing mail@downtownsyracuse.com. Each week, there will be special early-bird incentives for visiting the Downtown Farmers Market early in the day. The first 50 visitors to display a proof-of-their purchase(s) at the Information Booth between 7 am and 10 am will be rewarded with a surprise gift. Keeping with tradition, market visitors may choose to purchase a reusable Downtown Farmers Market tote bag to carry their purchases.

Also new this year, the Downtown Committee is partnering with local organizations to promote wellness and healthy lifestyle initiatives. Every Tuesday, Market-goers can expect a different featured recipe provided by the Onondaga County Public Library at the Downtown Committee Information Booth, showing visitors how they can prepare their fresh Farmers’ Market purchases. During select weeks, the Woman Infant Child (WIC) program will offer cooking classes for qualifying families.

“We are excited about these new community partnerships,” said Merike Treier, executive director of the Downtown Committee. “The recipes and cooking classes are fun, interactive ways to get more people involved in our Downtown Farmers’ Market, and become more health conscious.” 

The Downtown Farmers Market is a launching pad to celebrate the festival season in Downtown Syracuse. As the Downtown Committee continues to spotlight different monthly themes related to Downtown’s accomplishments and continued growth as part of its 40th Anniversary Celebration, look for a focus on Downtown festivals throughout June across its website and social media platforms. Join the conversation by following the Downtown Committee on Facebook (Downtown Syracuse), Twitter (@downtownSYR) and Instagram (downtownsyracuse).

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