ALFRED – The Alfred Farmers’ Market opens for the season from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Alfred University Bandstand at the corner of Main Street and Saxon Drive.
Guests can park across the street in the Montessori School parking lot if they cannot find a space on the street.
Amanda Khodorkovskaya, chair of the board of directors of Alfred Market, said the market season will kick off with the music of the Ukuladies, made up of two teachers from Alfred-Almond Central School, Amy Britt Powers and Jami Snyder. They sing and play a wide variety of songs on their ukuleles.
The market welcomes a new manager, Yimeng Li d’Alfred. She works at Alfred University as a Summer Programs Coordinator and Registrar Specialist.
Yimeng, who moved to Alfred from Nashville, Tennessee, was looking for an opportunity to meet more members of the community so the job would suit him.
Stop by the feeder tent and say hello – it has recipes to share and can handle SNAP benefits and other food programs to help pay for groceries like Double Up Bucks. The market also accepts Farmer’s Market coupons.
Organizers said the market is running smoothly thanks to the volunteer efforts of a core group of community members who set up and take down the market area, sold raffle tickets, participated in children’s tent activities and helped support sellers. Each week, a different manual activity is offered for the enjoyment of children.
Because the market is a non-profit organization, fundraising is necessary to make ends meet. A weekly raffle is held at the managers’ tent. Tickets are $1 each or $5 at 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] Proceeds from the raffle help pay for insurance, pay for supplies, shipping and the cost of hiring a manager.
Alfred Farmers Market is a growers and makers only market featuring local fresh fruits and vegetables, mushrooms, starters, breads, baked goods, duck and chicken eggs, beef fed on grass 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- dye and more.
Alfred’s Temple will serve Korean kimbaps and bibimbap, and will serve the freshest dishes possible using vegetables from local farmers. They offer vegan and pescatarian options.
The market runs until October 30. Come to Alfred for its Renaissance Festival, which will be held at the market on June 26. Other festivals include a Tomato Festival on August 28 and an Autumn Festival on September 25.