OSWEGO — Farmers market season kicks off in Oswego County tonight marking the start to one of the most anticipated events of the summer.
Presented by the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce (GOFCC), the Oswego farmers market will open at 4:15 this evening and run until 8 p.m. The market is located on West First Street between West Mohawk and West Bridge streets, which will be closed to motor vehicle traffic.
The Fulton farmers market has a new location this year, open Saturdays in the Canalview Parking Lot on Route 481. The market runs from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m starting June 15.
The cities’ farmers markets, usually starting at the end of May, had a late start this year due to heavy rainfall and flooding, said Bill Ingersoll of Fulton’s Ingersoll Farms, which has maintained a vendor stand since 2012.
“It’s too early to tell if rains will affect crop yields,” Ingersoll told The Palladium-Times in a Tuesday interview.
Ingersoll, who said his farm has been around for half a century, said it’s too early to tell if the heavy rain rain will affect crop pricing, though he said he wouldn’t “price gouge” because of rain.
“I also want to make sure things are affordable for the people in our area,” Ingersoll said.
Oswego Mayor Billy Barlow, whose family has operated a fried dough and lemonade stand since 1977, said he will help kick things off this Thursday and fill in for his parents at the Barlow family stand, a tradition he has partaken in since his early teen years.
Barlow said this year’s farmers market would feature a diverse slate of entertainment, beyond the live music performances of previous years to include dance classes and karate lessons.
“It’s always a good opportunity for city residents to buy some fresh fruits and produce,” Barlow said in an interview with The Palladium-Times Tuesday.