Central NY’s Local Bounty at Cooperstown Farmers Market
One of the wonderful things about living in our region is access to our fresh agricultural bounty. Weekly, each Saturday throughout the year, 30 vendors come to Cooperstown’s Main Street to sell their goods at the Cooperstown Farmers Market. They provide an exceptional array of high quality locally produced products that include “fresh produce, meats, poultry, eggs, milk, cheese, honey, maple syrup, jams, bread, baked goods, wines and spirits”. In addition, there is a presence from area artisans selling their crafts with things like locally spun wools and yarns from sheep and alpaca, fleece and hides, pottery, beeswax candles, artwork, soaps and lotions, and more. There is also access to local trade work like knife-sharpening services (but be prepared to wait as there tends to be high demand).
The Cooperstown Farmers’ Market brings in approximately 40,000 people per year. It’s a great place to catch up with neighbors and take advantage of everything our local area has to offer. Supporting our local farmers through shopping at the Farmers’ Market is important for our economic stability – it helps to keep our agricultural heritage in tact and maintains much of the open space that makes our region so very special.
So, come for the social aspect, enjoy live music, support our local growers and artisans, and eat healthy! You can even sign up for a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) subscription for automatic weekly delivery to the market for items that are currently in season through the year.
The Farmers’ Market is open on Saturdays year round from 8am-2pm May through August, with special Tuesday markets available from 12-5pm during July and August. The opening times on Saturdays change depending on the season – September to December: 9am; January to April 10am.
The Cooperstown Farmers Market has been sponsored and administered by Otsego2000, a local non-profit organization, since 1991. For additional information, visit www.otsego2000.org.