Finger Lakes Food, Farms & Markets - Get a taste!

Finger Lakes Food, Farms & Markets - Get a taste!

Blessed with fertile soil and unique geology, the Finger Lakes region is rich with agricultural variety.  Local farmers boast some of the best poultry and dairy products in the nation; area orchards grow world-famous New York apples; and the region’s honey and maple syrup are among North America’s finest.  Warm summers, over 30 inches of precipitation per year, and the moderating effect of the lakes’ waters, which cool the area in the summer and warm it during winter, make for a lush and lengthy growing season. These microclimates near the lakes provide an ideal home for a variety of crops, particularly American and European grapes, which benefit from soft soil and cool breezes. 

In addition to being a premier wine-producing region, the Finger Lakes are a haven for organic farmers devoted to chemical-free and low-intensity agriculture.  Benefiting from the area’s natural features, local organic farmers produce high-quality, healthy versions of culinary staples, such as asparagus, wheat, and beef. 

For visitors to the region, this horticultural cornucopia is hard to miss--farms and orchards cover the hillsides and valleys, and farm stands line country roads. Vineyards and restaurants offer the best of local ingredients, and in almost every town, weekly farmers’ markets offer samples of the freshest produce.  There are plenty of ways to get a taste of the Finger Lakes, but the heart of the region’s beauty and bounty are in the fruits and labor of its agriculture. 


Experience Finger Lakes Agriculture:

  • Visit a vineyard or schedule a wine tour to sample wine made from local grapes.
  • Contact your local Cooperative Extension office to learn about available farm tours.
  • Follow the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail to sample regional cheddars, chevres, and more.
  • Harvest your own produce fresh from the stem at one of the region’s U-Pick Farms.Tour a lavender farm in July when gardens are in full bloom.
  • Visit New York Wine & Culinary Center in Canandaigua for classes in wine making and food pairing or to sample regional fine foods and wines at their 
    locally-sourced restaurant.
  • Eat, shop, and chat with local farmers and artists at one of the region’s festive farmers’ markets listed by county below:


    Cayuga County

    Auburn Farmers' Market
    City Hall Parking Lot 24 South St.
    Tue/Thu/Sat 7am-2pm
    June 2 - October 29

    King Ferry
    Southern Cayuga Community Center at 999 State Route 34B
    Saturday 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
    May—Oct
    www.kingferry.blogspot.com

    Moravia Farmers' Market
    Kinney Drug lot, 130 Main St.
    Thursday 10am - 4pm
    June 9 - October 27

    Weedsport Area Farmers' Market
    E. Brutus Street Municipal Parking lot
    2690 E. Brutus Street, Weedsport, NY
    Mid May-Late October
    Wednesdays 3:00-7:00 PM

    http://weedsportchamber.org/farmersmarket/

    Chemung County

    Big Flats
    Community Center, 476 Maple St.
    Mid June-Late Sept
    Tuesday 10:30 AM-2:30 PM

    Elmira/East Side
    West Water St. next to Riverview Holiday Inn
    Mid June- Late Oct
    Friday 3:00-6:00 PM

    Elmira/Grove Park
    Grove Park, between Walnut St. and Grove St.
    Early June-Late Oct
    Monday 4:00-7:00 PM

    Elmira/Wisner Park
    Wisner Park on N. Main St. & W. Church St.
    Early July-Late Sept
    Thursday 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
    http://www.elmiradowntown.com/wisner_market.php

    Horseheads
    Teal Park, 202 South Main St., Horseheads
    Early June-Late Sept
    Saturday 10:00 AM-2:00 PM

    Van Etten-
    Village office parking lot between Gee (route 34) & Front Streets
    Mid July-Early Oct
    Wednesday 3:00-7:00 PM
    Saturday 9:30 AM-1:00 PM
    http://www.vanettenfarmersmarket.com/

    Cortland County

    Cincinnatus
    Rural Services Pavilion/2704 Lwr. Cincinnatus Rd.
    Early Mar-Dec
    Saturday 9:00 AM-12:00PM

    Cortland Downtown
    Main St. between Court & Orchard St.
    Early June- Late Oct
    Tuesday and Saturday 8 AM-2 PM

    Homer
    Village Green
    Mid May-Late Oct
    Wednesday 4:30 PM-7 PM, Saturday 9:00 AM-1:00 PM
    www.homerfarmersmarket.com

    Virgil
    Virgil Elementary School–1208 Church St.
    Late June-Mid Oct
    Saturday 9:00 AM-12:00 PM

    Livingston County

    Avon Farmers' Market
    Tops Friendly Market, 270 East Main St.
    Wednesday 3pm - 6pm
    July 13 - October 26

    Dansville Farmers' Market
    Airport Hanger parking lot, 50 Maple Ave.
    Friday 12 Noon - 4pm
    June 17 - October 14

    Geneseo Farmers' Market
    Center St., intersection of Center and Main Sts.
    Thursday 4pm - 7pm
    June 9 - October 20

    Lima Presbyterian Church Farmers' Market
    Rts. 15A and 5 & 20, Lima
    Tuesday 3pm - 6pm
    June 14 - October 25

    Mount Morris Village Farmers' Market
    Grizzly's parking lot, 30 East State St.
    Tuesday 12pm - 4pm
    May 31 - October 18

    Monroe County

    Brockport Farmers' Market
    TBA

    Fairport Farmers' Market
    58 S. Main St., in parking lot behind Bank of America
    Saturday 7am-12 Noon
    May 7 - November 19

    Greece Ridge Mall Farmers' Market
    Ridge & Long Pond Rds., at Sears Parking Lot
    Thu/Sat 9am-3pm
    June 24 - November 19

    Hamlin Farmers' Market
    Town Hall lot, 1658 Lake Rd
    Sunday 9am - 1pm
    June 12 - October 30

    Irondequoit Farmers' Market
    Town Hall, 1280 Titus Ave.
    Thursday 4pm - 8pm
    June 2 - September 29

    North Chili Farmers' Market
    Methodist Church, 2200 Westside Drive
    Saturday 8am - 1pm
    July 2 - October 29

    Pittsford Farmers' Market
    3750 Monroe Ave.
    Tue/Sat 8am-2pm
    May 3 - November 22

    Rochester Public Market
    280 N. Union St. Off East Main St.
    Tue & Thu 6am-1pm Saturday 5am-3pm
    Year round

    Rochester/Brighton Farmers' Market
    Brighton High School lot, 1150 Winton Rd. S
    Sunday 9am - 1pm
    May 29 - October 30

    Rochester/Conkey Corner Farmers' Market
    Clifford Ave and Conkey Ave Rochester
    Sunday 12pm-3pm
    July 10th - August 28th

    Rochester/Foodlink Farmers' Market
    Washington Square Park S Clinton Ave and Court St
    Wednesday 11am-2pm
    June 8th - August 31st

    Rochester/Freedom Farmers' Market
    375 Webster Ave, Rochester
    Saturday 12pm-3pm
    July 2nd - August 27th

    Rochester/Monroe Village Farmers' Market
    Blessed Sacrament Church lot 700 Monroe Ave.
    Wednesday 4pm-7pm
    June 16 - October 13

    Rochester/South Wedge Farmers' Market
    100 Alexander St. lot, at S. Clinton Ave.
    Thursday 4pm - 7pm
    June 2 - October 20

    Rochester/Westside Farmers' Market
    831 Genesee St. St. Monica's Church lot
    Tuesday 4pm - 7:30pm
    June 14 - October 11

    Rush Community Farmers' Market
    United Methodist Church, 6200 Rush-Lima Rd.
    Thursday 3pm-6:30pm
    June 16 – Nov

    Scottsville Farmers' Market

    Scottsville Midweek Farmers' Market

    Webster Joe Obbie Farmers' Market
    Village parking lot, Rt 250 & Main St.
    Saturday 8am-12:30pm
    June 11 - November 5

    Onondaga County

    Camillus Farmers' Market
    Municipal Bldg. lawn, 4600 W. Genesee St.
    Friday 7:30am-2pm
    June 17 - September 30

    Downtown Syracuse Farmers' Market
    Clinton Square
    Tuesday 7am - 4pm
    June 14 - October 11

    Liverpool Bayberry Plaza Farmers' Market
    Kinney lot, Blackberry & Oswego Rds. (Rt. 57)
    Wednesday 8am-5pm
    June 22 - October 26

    Skaneateles Farmers' Market
    1 East Austin Street Austin Park Pavilion
    Thu 3:30-6:30pm Sat 10-1 (Starts Jun 11)
    May 19 - October 15

    Syracuse Eastside Neighborhood Farmers' Market
    826 Euclid Ave
    Wed 2-7pm
    June 8 - Oct 26

    Syracuse Farm Fresh Mobile Market
    Contact Diane for locations & time (315) 345-0600
    Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri
    Year-round

    Syracuse/Central New York Regional Market
    2100 Park St., Hiawatha Rd., I-81 Exit 23
    Sat & Sun 7am-2pm (Thu 10-6 May-Nov 17)
    Year round

    University Community Harvest Farmers' Market
    TBA

    Ontario County

    Canandaigua Farmers' Market
    Mills & Bemon Sts. East side of Main St.
    Sat 8:30am-12:30pm
    Jun 4 - Oct 29

    Clifton Springs Farmers' Market
    The Old Fire House, 15 Railroad Ave.
    Friday 3pm - 7pm
    June 3 - October 28

    Geneva Farmers' Market
    Municipal parking lot, Exchange St.
    Thursday 7:30am-1pm
    June 9 - October 13

    VA Farmers' Market Canandaigua
    VA Medical Center, 400 Fort Hill Ave., Canandaigua
    Tue 1:30pm - 5pm
    Jun 16 - Oct 6

    Victor Farmers' Market
    Village Hall Parking Lot, 60 East Main St.
    Wednesday 3pm-7pm
    May 18 - October 12

    Schuyler County

    Grove Park Farmers' Market
    Grove Park, 3859 Dugue Rd., Elmira
    Monday 4pm - 7pm
    June 6 - October 31

    Schuyler County Farm & Craft Market
    Fireman's Carnival Grounds, Rt 224
    Thursday 3pm-6pm Saturday 9am-1pm
    June 25 - October 31

    Watkins Glen Farmers' Market
    LaFayette Park/Rte. Fourth & Decatur St.
    Friday 3pm - 7pm
    May 27 - October 28

    Seneca County

    Sauders Farmers' Market
    2146 River Rd., 1/4 mi. W of Seneca Falls
    Friday 8am - 2pm
    June 3 - October 28

    Seneca Falls Farmers' Market
    People's Park, Water St. by Canal
    Wednesday 9am - 1pm
    June 15 - October 12

    Seneca Falls/ Montezuma Winery Farmers' Market
    Montezuma Winery, 2981 Auburn Rd.
    Friday 3pm - 7pm
    June 17 - September 2

    Waterloo Farmers' Market
    TBA

    Steuben County

    Bath Saturday Farmers' Market
    Pulteney Park, Steuben St.
    Saturday 9am - 2pm
    May 7 - October 29

    Bath Wednesday Farmers' Market
    Pulteney Park, Steuben St.
    Wednesday 9am-3pm
    May 4 - October 26

    Corning Farmers' Market
    Riverfront Centennial Park Gaffer District
    Thursday 9am-3pm
    June 9 - October 20

    Hammondsport Farmers' Market
    TBA

    Hornell Farmers' Market
    Center St. Pavilion btw Main & Elm Sts.
    Fri 9am - 6pm
    May 6 - October 28

    Tioga County

    Owego
    Rite Aid parking lot, corner of Main St. & Central Ave.
    Mid June-Late Oct
    Tuesday and Friday 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

    Waverly
    Muldoon Park, Pennsylvania & Park Aves.
    Early June-Late Oct
    Thursday 4:00-7:00 PM

    Tompkins County

    Caroline
    Brooktondale Community Center, 522 Valley Rd.
    May-Oct
    Saturday 10:00 AM-2:00 PM

    Groton
    Center Village Court, 200 South St. (Rte. 38)
    Early July-Late Sept
    Tuesday 3:30-6:30 PM

    Ithaca Farmers' Market @ Steamboat Landing
    545 Third St. (off Rt. 13)
    Saturdays: 9 AM-3 PM (Apr-Oct), 10 AM–3 PM (Nov-Dec)
    Sundays: 10 AM-3 PM (May-Oct), 10 AM-2 PM (Nov)
    Thursday Night Market: 5:00-8:00 PM (July-Oct)
    www.ithacamarket.com

    Ithaca Farmers' Market @ Dewitt Park
    Corner of Cayuga & Buffalo Streets
    Tuesdays: 9 AM-2 PM (May-Oct)

    Ithaca Farmers' Market @ East Hill Plaza
    Wednesdays: 4:00-7:00 PM (June-Oct)

    Lansing
    Town Hall–29 Auburn Rd. (Rt. 34)Early June-Late Oct
    Saturday 9:00 AM-12:30 PM 

    Trumansburg Farmers Market
    Village Park, Corner of Main Street (Route 96) and Route 227
    Wednesdays: 4:00-7:00 PM (May-October)
    http://tburgfarmersmarket.com/

    Wayne County

    Clyde Farmers' Market
    Village Park
    May 6 - October 28

    Lyons Farmers' Market
    Wayne County Courthouse, Church St.
    Saturday 7:30am-11am
    June 11 - October 22

    Macedon Farmers' Market
    32 Main St.
    Wednesday 3:30-6:30pm
    July 13 - October 19

    Newark Farmers' Market
    Central Park, Church St. & S. Main St.
    Thursday 2:30pm-6pm
    June 2 - October 13

    Palmyra Farmers' Market
    Village Park, E. Main St. (Rt. 31) & Rt. 21
    Tuesday 3pm - 6pm
    May 3 - November 1

    Sodus Farmers' Market
    58 W. Main St. (pkg lot behind church), Off Belden Ave.
    Wed 2:30pm-6pm
    Jun 15 - Oct 12

    Yates County

    Dundee Farmers' Market
    Dundee United Methodist Church lot, 43 Water St.
    Wednesday 3pm-6:30pm
    June 8 - October 26

    The Windmill Farmers' Market
    3900 Route 14A at Hobson Road in Penn Yan
    Saturday 8am-4:30pm
    April 30 - December 10

    Yates Co. Co-op Farm & Craft Market
    Main and Elm Sts., on sidewalk, Penn Yan
    Saturday 7:30am-12 Noon
    May 21 - October 15

    Information provided by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County and the New York State Dept. of Agriculture and Markets.

    If you know of a farmer’s market that is not listed in this guide please contact Fingerlakes.com.

    To learn more about foods grown or produced in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes, see Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Guide to Local Food.