Skaneateles organic market offers variety

The P&C parking lot in Skaneateles was bustling with activity on Saturday, Aug. 23, but it wasn't just people seeking the end of the weekly sales.

Not only are shoppers offered an array of merchandise inside the store, but each Saturday shoppers also are able to peruse produce at the Greener Bean Market, an organic farmers market, set up in the parking lot if they so choose.

"The community has responded very well to it," said Natalie Palmer with Wild Hare Farm in Moravia. The market was in its sixth week this past weekend. It is also the first year for the organic market, Palmer said.

Each of the farms that participate in the market are certified organic members. As certified organic growers, each of the members' farms is regulated and inspected by the government, Palmer said.

The market has seen a growing crowd every week, said Kendra Pearson of Black Brook Farms on Rickard Road in Skaneateles.

"We have a nice group of regulars," she said. "People like that they can come and don't have to ask what chemicals the vegetables have been sprayed with."

Pearson began farming organically 10 years ago after a bout of not feeling well. She said it was "sort of a no-brainer for me that I didn't want anything on my food."

Nancy Sloane, of Jupiter, Fla., was in the area visiting her friend, Karen List, of West Palm Beach, Fla., who owns a summer home on the lake. Sloane said she wished there was an organic market at home and that List attends the market frequently. The two women were busy picking out vegetables to go with their dinner.

"I was so excited to hear they're doing this," List said. She believes the Saturday market is a good supplement for the Thursday farmers market at the community center.

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