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Syracuse Eastside Neighborhood Farmers' Market back

The Syracuse Eastside Neighborhood Farmers' Market will celebrate its second season with a Grand Opening on Thursday, June 19 in Loguen Park (formerly Lexington Park, at the intersection of East Genesee Street and Columbus Avenue). The market will be open from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Thursday until the last day of the market, currently slated for October 30, 2008. This community-driven market features fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables.

We are excited to announce that the Brownson Family Farm and Owen Orchards will return for our second season with their wonderful selection of fresh fruit and vegetables. We are also happy to welcome several new Central New York farmers to the market, including the Albrin Fruit Farm (known for their cherries), and Su Su's Farm (known for its Vietnamese specialties). Last but not least, the Syracuse Real Food Cooperative will be teaming up with Grindstone Farms and Black Brook Farm to offer a wide variety of organic produce.

All farmers participating in the Syracuse Eastside Neighborhood Farmers' Market will accept WIC and Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) coupons as well as food stamp benefits. New for this year, the market will also be able to accept all major CREDIT/ DEBIT cards through its wireless EBT service. We are the only local farmers' market with this capability.

At the Grand Opening, community agencies and organizations will be present to provide information and giveaways on a variety of health, wellness, and community programs and services. Please come out and enjoy the neighborhood, the park, the new playground set, and welcome our new and returning farmers to an exciting second season!

Background: The Syracuse Eastside Neighborhood Farmers' Market is sponsored and supported by the Community Foundation of Central New York and the Westcott Community Center, and has partnered with the Loguen Park Association, Farmers Market Federation of New York, SUNY ESF Center for Community Design Research, Syracuse Real Foods Cooperative, and Grace Episcopal Church.

The mission of the Syracuse Eastside Neighborhood Farmers' Market is to host a market that improves neighborhood food security, supports local farmers and businesses, teaches youth entrepreneurship skills, while enriching the cultural heritage and community life of Syracuse's Eastside neighborhood through educational and cultural programming.

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