By Mary Gardner-Ruch
The Alfred Farmers Market Board is pleased to announce that the market will open on Sunday, June 12th, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. The market is held at the Alfred University bandstand area on the corner of Main Street and Saxon Drive. Patrons can park across the Street in the Montessori School Parking lot if they cannot find a space on the street.
According to Amanda Khodorkovskaya, Alfred Market Board President, “We are excited to kick off the season with music by the Ukuladies.” The local talent consists of two teachers from Alfred-Almond Central School, Amy Britt Powers, and Jami Snyder. The ladies sing and play a wide variety of songs on their ukuleles.
The Alfred Farmers Market welcomes their new manager, Yimeng Li of Alfred. She works at Alfred University as the Summer Programs Coordinator and the Registrar Specialist. Yimeng moved to Alfred from Nashville, Tennessee. She was looking for an opportunity to meet more community members so the job is a good fit for her. Stop by the Mangers Tent and say hello to Yimeng. She has recipes to share and can process SNAP benefits and offer other food programs to help pay for your groceries like Double Up Bucks. The market also accepts Farmers Market Coupons.
The market runs smoothly thanks to the volunteer efforts of a core group of community members who set up and tear down, sell raffle tickets, assist with activities at the Kid’s Tent, and help support the vendors. Each week a different craft activity is offered for children to enjoy.
Because the Market is a non-profit organization, fundraising is necessary to make ends meet. A weekly raffle takes place at the Managers Tent. Tickets are $1 a piece or $5 for an arm’s length. Raffle items are made by local artisans. If you are interested in donating an item to the market raffle, contact Mary by email at [email protected]. Raffle proceeds help pay insurance, pay for supplies, mailings, and the cost of hiring a manager.
The Alfred Farmers Market is a Growers and Makers only market. This sets them apart from other markets in the area. They offer fresh local fruits and vegetables, mushrooms, ferments, bread, baked goods, duck and chicken eggs, grass-fed beef and pasture-raised pork, chicken, lamb, ice cream sandwiches, honey, syrups, tinctures, flowers, plants, jams, distilled beverages, goat’s milk products, alpaca products, jewelry, pottery, yarn made from local wool in a variety of colors, tie-dyed clothing and more.
Temple of Alfred will be serving Korean Kimbaps, and Bibimbap, and will serve the freshest possible dishes using vegetables from local farmers. They offer Vegan and Pescatarian options.
The market runs from June 12th through October 30th. Come over to Alfred for their Renaissance Festival which will be held at the market on June 26th. Other festivals include a Tomato Festival on August 28th and a Fall Festival on September 25th. If you are interested in becoming a vendor, the application can be found at alfredfarmersmarket.com. You can reach out to Yimeng with questions at [email protected].