Seasonal Growth: Eastside Neighborhood

Something is growing again this time of year, and with abundant, fresh local produce, it aims to bring renewed health and vitality to the neighborhood. The Syracuse Eastside Neighborhood Farmers' Market, now it its third season, got underway Wednesday, June 24 in Loguen Park, formerly known as Lexington Park (E. Genesee St. and Columbus Ave.).

The market which, for the first time this year is being held on Wednesdays, rather than Thursdays, offers fresh produce from local farm growers, no wholesalers, "which is very green," said market coordinator Kate Auwaerter, adding, "Our hopes are that we fill the street with farmers and that people in the neighborhood and Eastside community start using the market as their main source of fresh fruits and vegetables."

It's about fresh affordable

The market, which accepts food stamps, credit cards, debit cards, cash and WIC checks, aims to better the neighborhood by, "getting people who are lower income to eat more fresh produce," said manager, Shanah Williams.

This year's start off featured the Brownson Family Farm whose owners, husband and wife team Jim and Deb Brownson have a farm in Kirkville.

"Always fresh, just picked this morning," Jim said of their produce, which includes collard and turnip greens, strawberries, zucchini, spinach, potatoes, Swiss chard, broccoli, turnips, and much more.

"If we don't grow it," Deb said, "we have friends who do. The Brownson farm also provides fresh herbs (tarragon, basil, sage, thyme, parsley, to name a few) as well as fresh preserves (jams, jellies, mustards, and honey).

Ithaca based duo musicians, Nate and Kate (Marshall), a husband and wife team, known as "Central New York's Folk Superheroes" provided live entertainment for the market, culminating, much to the children's delight, in a juggling act.

Nate observed, "It was great! It was definitely low key, but the juggling went well."

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