From honey to harvest, New York State comes alive from spring to early autumn. Here are some of the best farmer’s markets across the state to shop local and taste all that our great state has to offer. Remember to stay as local as possible and keep six feet apart from others not in your party and wear a mask or face covering. Call ahead and check websites and social media to make sure attractions are open and available. Be advised that New York has a travel advisory in effect, which requires travelers from non-contiguous states to quarantine for 10 days upon entering New York State. Travelers may undergo COVID testing to test out. For more details, see the guidelines for the travel advisory here. Most attractions are operating with capacity restrictions and require advance ticketing or reservations, so plan before you go.
1. Saratoga Farmer’s Market (Capital-Saratoga)
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Head to the Saratoga Springs Outdoor Market, which runs from May-October, for an array of vendors selling local vegetables, fruit, honey, wheat, wool products, baked goods, soaps, and more. The market, which started in the late summer of 1978, is open rain or shine. Make sure to only touch items you are committed to buying.
2. Beacon Farmer’s Market (Hudson Valley)
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Open starting in April for the spring and summer seasons, this outdoor market is held by the Beacon waterfront, so you can soak in a lovely view along the Hudson while you shop. Purchase an array of locally grown organic vegetables, sweet fruits and fresh meats, cheeses, jams, vegan ice cream, and more. The market is open on Sundays from 9 am-2 pm with reserved time for immune-compromised, at-risk, and SNAP customers from 9-10 am.
3. Rhinebeck Farmer’s Market (Hudson Valley)
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The Rhinebeck Farmer’s Market is open every Sunday from May 3rd to December 27th, rain or shine from 10 am-2 pm (reserved 10-10:30 am for expectant mothers and customers who are immunocompromised or ages 60 and up). There are vendors that are sure to please shoppers looking for skin remedies, produce, flowers, bee products, alpaca fleece, kombucha, meat, and beer––all unique to the area. The market asks that all families send one essential shopper to limit the capacity.
4. Millbrook Farmer’s Market (Hudson Valley)
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The Millbrook Farmer’s Market is open every Saturday from 9 am-1 pm, from June 13 to October 31. Try handcrafted donuts and baked goods from the Great Cape Baking Company, discover organic and fair trade coffee from Reverie Coffee, take home locally crafted hand soap from Haus No.25, or go sweet with New York State maple syrup from Soukup Farms. Produce and meat options are plentiful as well.
5. Troy Waterfront Farmer’s Market (Capital-Saratoga)
Every Saturday from 8:30 am-2 pm, more than 80 vendors ranging from growers and artisans to bakers and chefs from the Capital area sell their products to eager shoppers at the Troy Waterfront Farmer’s Market. The best part? You buy directly from the producer, who can give you perfect tips for enjoying your purchase. Although buyers are asked to enjoy food outside of the market, you can bring your treat or meal over to the Riverfront Amphitheater and take a seat to eat in the sun and let the kids play in the splash pad fountain. (The market is reserved 8-8:30 am for first responders, and customers who are immunocompromised or ages 60 and up.)
6. Hudson Farmer’s Market (Hudson Valley)
For the freshest of the fresh, check out this farmer’s market in the city of Hudson, which strictly allows only local vendors. This year, to provide more space for social distancing, the outdoor market has expanded to the city lot on Columbia St. between N. 5th St. and N. 6th St., as well as its usual spring-fall location at 6th St. and Columbia St. Shop for all your produce, cookies, jams, or sunflowers every Saturday from 9 am-1 pm.
7. New Paltz Farmer’s Market (Hudson Valley)
“Be local. Buy local,” is the motto for this market. Check out handmade goods, art, natural body products, baked goods, and more all from within a 40-mile radius of New Paltz! Open every Sunday from 10 am-3 pm, June 28 through November 1, support local farmers, strengthen the local economy, and know exactly what your family is eating by shopping at this environmentally and health-conscious market.
8. Ithaca Farmer’s Market (Finger Lakes)
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Located on Ithaca’s stunning waterfront, this market has been cultivating earth and community since 1973. Their vendors gather under the notion of promoting “joyous commerce” together for the sake of Ithaca’s communal happiness and health. Shop for succulents and flowers to decorate your home, cutting boards for your produce, or try the unforgettable apple cider donut. Normally, buyers would be able to access five different markets in five different neighborhoods on five different days of the week, but currently, you can access the Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday markets. Check for these new hours on the market’s website.
9. Callicoon Farmer’s Market (Catskills)
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Travel to Callicoon for a “producer-only” market (meaning the producers are the ones you’re buying from) bountiful in fresh, locally grown produce, meats, eggs, cheeses, wines, syrup, herbal tea blends, and more—all from within 75 miles. Since the market is Sullivan County’s largest, only one customer per family or group is allowed into the pavilion at this time to allow for social distancing.
10. Rochester Public Market (Finger Lakes)
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This popular Rochester attraction is more than just a farmer's market: it's a local institution open since 1905! Full of artwork and crafts, as well as local seasonal vegetables and luscious orchard fruit, the market is packed with treasures. Open three days a week (Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday) year-round with over 300 vendor stalls, it's a must-see in Rochester as well as a great way to shop for fresh local and imported ingredients for your next farm-fresh cooking creation!