You’d think after having lived just 45 minutes from Ithaca for my entire life, I’d have made it to their famous farmer’s market long before now.
You’d be wrong.
Maybe it’s because I’ve only been an adult for a few years now, or because I never thought too much about how wonderful farmer’s markets are until recently. Whatever the reason, my very first time to this particular farmer’s market was the weekend before this past weekend, and I got to see with my own eyes just what makes this market a unique treasure.
When you walk into the Ithaca Farmers Market, smells and the buzz of people immediately greet you. But let me back up – I’d say it’s probably a good idea to get there as soon as they open – parking is crazy busy!! So busy, in fact, that they have parking attendants. How many farmer’s markets have you seen that have parking attendants? Not many, I’m sure!
I walked into the open air, very long pavilion, with the expectation of a lot of produce and maybe a few booths selling actual meals to eat. I was blown away by what I actually found. Not only is there a whole lot of produce, but many, many booths selling other food – everything from Asian food, to Hungarian food, to oven fired pizza and salads. It’s actually a really good place to grab lunch!
What surprised me the most was how many booths there were selling things that weren’t even edible. One of my favorites was the leather booth, called Under the Tree. They made handmade leather things, like belts and purses. They were all beautiful, and the girl was actually there making something during the market. Other cool booths were ones selling honey, a lady selling her photography, a homemade soap booth, freshly picked flowers, wooden cutting boards, and handmade pottery. There were a few booths that even had local wine and hard cider! This is way more than a farmer’s market – you can get a lot of neat local items here.
This farmer’s market is actually open all year round, but throughout the year it changes locations. The biggest one, and the one I visited, is their weekend summer location at Steamboat Landing on the end of Cayuga Lake. But for more information on their other locations, times, and days of the week, you can visit ithacamarket.com. The information is located on the bottom of the home page.
Hope you enjoy Ithaca Farmers Market!