Local Summer Markets

Happy Wednesday! Don’t have time to grow your own food? That’s okay! There are plenty of farmers markets in our own city that feature all kinds of fresh, local produce. All of the ones on this list are within 3 miles of the University of Rochester and span across 5 different weekdays, so you can go get some locally grown produce whenever you have time. Try out new recipes with the foods you buy and even consider canning to preserve some of it for later.

 

U of R Market

Day & Hours of Operation: Wednesdays from 3 to 6 pm

Address: Saunders Research Building

Distance from U of R: on campus

Extra Information: Located in Saunders through July 15th; moves back to Flaum on July 22nd

Website: http://www.rochester.edu/working/hr/wellness/market/

 

Westside Farmers Market

Day & Hours of Operation: Tuesdays from 4 to 7:30 pm

Address: 831 Genesee St. (St. Monica’s Church)

Distance from U of R: about 1 mile from footbridge

Extra Information: Accept EBT, SNAP, MC, and Visa; Food trucks on site

Website: http://www.westsidemarketrochester.com/

 

Rochester Public Market

Days & Hours of Operation: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 am to 1 pm, and Saturdays from 5 am to 3 pm

Address: 280 North Union St.

Distance from U of R: within 3 miles

Extra Information: Saturdays feature the most vendors for more options

Take UR Orange Line to Eastman Living Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays (only 1 mile walk)

Website: http://www.cityofrochester.gov/publicmarket/

 

Brighton Farmers Market

Day & Hours of Operation: Sundays from 9 am to 1 pm

Address: 1150 Winton Rd. South (Brighton HS Parking Lot)

Distance from U of R: within 3 miles

Extra Information: R Community Bikes is on site the first Sunday of each month to collect donations of used bikes and bike gear to be given to community members in need.

Website: http://www.brightonfarmersmarket.org/

 

South Wedge Farmers Market

Day & Hours of Operation: Thursdays from 4 to 7 pm

Address: 100 Alexander St. at S. Clinton

Distance from U of R: about 1 mile

Extra Information: Take UR Orange Line to South and Alexander

Website: http://www.swfm.org/

 

Monroe Village Farmers Market

Day & Hours of Operation: Wednesdays from 4 to 7 pm

Address: 726 Monroe Ave (Blessed Sacrament Church)

Distance from U of R: about 2 miles

Extra Information: Take UR Orange Line to Monroe and Alexander

Website: http://www.monroevillagefarmersmarket.org/

 

Local food is great because:

  • it’s fresh!
  • it supports local farmers and the local economy
  • fresh fruits and veggies are healthy and affordable
  • less transportation is necessary to move the food from the farm to your kitchen (which means less fossil fuels are burned as well)
  • you can usually talk to the farmers directly and ask them questions
  • you can learn about what grows well in New York

 

So get out to one (or more) of the local farmers markets this week and experience the interesting people, smells, sounds, and tastes that Rochester has to offer.

 

Written by Mariah Greico, Class of 2018

Photo by Mariah Greico: Rochester Public Market

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