Organic farmers' market kicks off June 13

"The Greener Bean" is back!

The Greener Bean is a farmers' market featuring certified organic and locally raised farm products will be opening for the season June 13 at the parking lot of the Skaneateles P&C. The market will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday thereafter through Sept. 12.

"The Greener Bean is a wonderful resource for the most healthful, fresh and delicious foods available," said Holland Gregg, spokesperson and supporter. "We're seeing real signs of Central New York farmers building businesses around organic and sustainable foods and we all benefit from it."

Participating farms include Harvest Home Organics from Niles that specializes in vegetables, herbs, specialty cut flowers, garlic and homemade jams. Local farmer Rose Ryan has been raising and selling these certified organic products throughout Central New York for more than 10 years.

"Shoppers will find a wide array of certified organic fruits, vegetables and beef this year as well as locally raised lamb and sheep dairy products including cheese and yogurt," Gregg said.

New to the market this year is Scheffler Farms of Groton, which raises certified organically-grown beef cattle. The Schefflers will feature specialty cuts of beef as well as ground meat.

Also new is Meadowood Farms of Cazenovia, which will bring their pasture-raised lamb.

Later in the summer they will introduce sheep dairy products, such as sheep's-milk yogurt and fresh cheese from their 125-head dairy sheep flock.

No hormones or antibiotics are added to the lamb and beef products, Gregg said.

"You haven't experienced the full and flavorful taste of farm-raised beef and lamb until you taste these local, home-grown treats," he said. "Nothing else compares."

Throughout the summer, when crops mature, several other local organic farmers will participate.

This is the second season of the Greener Bean Farmers' Market at the P&C on Fennell Street in Skaneateles.

"We truly appreciate the continued support that P&C Foods has shown the Greener Bean Farmers' Market and we're thrilled that this year's program coincides with the official re-opening -- later that same week -- of the newly remodeled Skaneateles P&C Fresh store," Gregg said. "It's all great news for shoppers outside as well as inside the store."

For more information on the Greener Bean Farmers' Market, call 685-8336.

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