Ithaca Farmer’s Market
The Ithaca Farmer’s Market is a cooperative with 150 vendors who live within 30 miles of the city named for the Greek island of Ithaca. Most vendors fall into one of four(4) categories: agricultural, livestock, food, and arts/crafts. What distinguishes Ithaca Farmer’s Market from other farmer’s markets is the total commitment to locally grown, raised, and manufactured goods, which is an omnivore’s dream market.
Stop, admire, and purchase freshly picked garlic bulbs (with the greens still on top), humongous (the only word to properly describe these) bunches of deep green scallions, cabbages, the bluest blueberries, red raspberries, and the blackest blackberries (which were delicious fresh and a perfect addition to a homemade pie).
Food vendors sell a variety of products including homemade jams, jellies, sauces, locally gathered honey, baked goods, and prepared foods that include pastries, breads, rolls, ciabatta (by Just Desserts) doughnuts, waffles, pies, pasta, and more.
In addition, prepared meals that include freshly baked pizzas (right out of a portable wood-burning pizza oven by Just Desserts – an artisan bakery “when only the best will do.”) and a vast array of international foods: Chinese, Ethiopian, Cambodian, Cuban, Indian, Hungarian, and Vietnamese cuisine (Iron Owl Kitchen) are also offered along with local wines made from locally grown grapes, blueberries, and other fruits.
For the health conscious, there are also organic juices and smoothies (Biz and Benny’s Juice Company, Puro Juice Co), ice pops made from farm-fresh fruit (Celia’s Ice Pops), holistic (Holistic Kitchen), macrobiotic (Macro-Mama), paleo (Primal Kitchen), gluten-free, and vegan (Save Animals Go Vegan Bistro, Sri Lankan Curry in a Hurry).
Arts and Crafts include everything from furniture to musical instruments to handmade rugs, runners, and placemats (Rag Rugs) to the most comfortable hammocks (H & M Hammocks) that can be hung from a tree (hardware included). There is also a wide selection of handmade jewelry, clay products, paintings, silk screened printed clothing, hand knit hats and gloves, glassware and stoneware.
On Saturdays and Sundays from April until December, the Ithaca Farmer’s Market is open at the historic Steamboat Landing (545 3rd Street) in a covered pavilion (rain, shine, or snow) on the Cayuga Lake waterfront from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm (Saturday) and 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (Sunday). The market also operates at three other locations in the city during weekdays (see the official website: www.ithacamarket.com).
Free parking is available (although the market can get very busy so go early if possible). For a map of the pavilion, click here.