Syracuse, N.Y. (NCC News) — As the Central New York Farmers Market prepares to close its stalls for the 2023 year, the aisles are still bustling with marketgoers.
“You know, I can walk away from my stand, and everybody here watches out for you,” said Tracy Yardley, a local beekeeper with Sunswick Farms Honey. “It’s just a good community, good feel.”
The market, a staple in North Syracuse since 1938, will be open for the next seven Saturdays. Filled with the aromas of fresh vegetables, handmade pasta, local honey, and unique thrifted items, the market has fostered a sense of belonging among vendors and patrons alike.
For Kevin Tucker, a market goer of 15 years, said the allure lies in the eclectic assortment.
“I think all the junk stuff is my favorite, you know, all the little bitty stuff in the last trailer. And the vegetables. Just looking at the same thing throughout the venue to see what I want,” said Tucker.
For others, it’s the diverse number of individuals that brings them joy from the market.
“Just from the merchants to the people coming through, you see folks from all walks of life.” said Colin Goonan, a sales associate for Last Shot Distillery. “Folks know what they’re coming in for typically.”
As the clock winds down on another season, the Central New York Farmers Market remains more than just a marketplace. With seven Saturdays left, locals and visitors alike seize the opportunity to savor the final moments of this annual tradition, celebrating the richness of Central New York’s agricultural and artisanal offerings.