Canandaigua Farmer’s Market Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Mountains of fresh salad greens, brightly colored vegetables, sweet smelling flowers and plants, freshly baked goodies and  golden local honey will be among the locally-produced wares sold at the Canandaigua Farmer’s Market. The only farmer-run market in the region will open for its tenth year on June 5th at 8:30 am.   Approximately 30 vendors will set up over the course of the season to sell fresh vegetables, fruits, plants, baked goods, local honey, maple syrup, coffee, sauces and condiments, fresh meat, eggs, jams, jellies and gift items, including candles, fresh cut flowers and much more. A new vendor will be selling ‘worm tea,’ an organic fertilizer for the home garden.  The market often features entertainment from local musicians as well.


 ‘We are proud that we’ve been a successful farmer-run market for 10 years; the best way to ensure our continued  success is for folks to come out and support the local farmers, growers and businesses by shopping the market, ‘said  Phillip Munson of Gale-Wyn Farm in Canandaigua and president of the Canandaigua Farmers Market.  ‘We are solely funded and run by our members. ‘


Allison Sacheli of Sacheli’s Franjo Farms and Foods in Potter has been a vendor at the market for the full 10 years.  She laughingly calls it the ‘country club’ ‘ folks from the country getting together once a week. ‘We started on a lark with the intention of selling for one season to pay my student loans while I was out on maternity leave with my first child,’ Sacheli said.  ‘Ten years, three kids and 14 products later we are still here and loving it.  It feels like we are one big family.’


Jeanne Totman of Hidden Rock Farms in Stanley said, ‘I never know exactly what Mother Nature will allow us to offer but we hope to be able to bring fresh spinach, sugar snap peas, Swiss chard, dandelion greens, garlic scallions, rhubarb, asparagus, a variety of potted herbs, free-range brown eggs, pastured chicken (meat), grass fed lamb and pastured rose veal.’


Watt Farms Country Market of Albion will have sweet cherries when ripe.  “We are looking forward to a great season beginning with sweet cherries,”   said Karen Watt, co-owner.  “We expect cherries to ripen early this year due to early blossoms and expect good size and extraordinary sweetness.”


Folks suffering from either seasonal allergies or just a sweet tooth will find Riedman’s Happy Hives honey again at the market this year.  ‘Besides customers who cook or bake with our honey, we have a lot of customers that buy our spring or fall honey to help alleviate their seasonal allergies,’ said Rich Riedman who keeps bees in Canandaigua.  ‘They tell us it really helps.’ 


Lori Thompson of Kitchen Blessings Baking will be selling homemade baked goods including cookies, fresh bread, and in season fresh fruit pies, along with sugar-free and gluten-free baked goods that so many of her customers have been asking for.  This is her 6th season at the market.


Kim Doty of Tripleberry Farm in Kendall grows approximately 3 acres of blueberries, blackberries and raspberries that are pesticide-free and estimates she will have blueberries starting July 10th  Until the berries ripen, she will be selling fresh fudge in 10 different flavors as well as 4 flavors of Sucrose Free Diabetic Fudge. 


Everlastings and Time Country Gardens in Canandaigua specializes in cut garden flower bouquets, along with a variety of perennials.  ‘We have enjoyed the camaraderie at the market, ‘said Gail Burr. ‘We like to say that along with cultivating beautiful flowers and plants, we “cultivate joy.” 


 ‘We hope folks will come out to support our local farmers and growers,’ said  Pat Ayres, volunteer manager of the market and owner of Fresh Ayr Farm in Farmington who grows strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and ‘Super sweet’ corn.  ‘You simply can’t get anything as fresh as this.’


The market is located in the pavilion on Mill Street, one block east of Main Street and runs from June 5th to Oct. 30th rain or shine from 8:30 – 12:30 pm.  Just follow the yellow Farmer’s Market signs.  For more information go to the market’s new website:


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