First Winter Farmers Market draws over 25 vendors

Looking for that unique holiday gift? Trying to find something special to serve at the next party? Or just looking for some fresh ingredients for tonight's dinner? The Winter Farmers Market, sponsored by the Cazenovia Chamber of Commerce at the American Legion Hall on Chenango Street in Cazenovia, is the place to go.

The first winter farmers market was held Nov. 27, with over 25 vendors who brought out the finest farm fresh foods and local crafts. Both floors of the Legion were filled with locally produced items. From fresh greens, onions, carrots, honey, meats and cheeses to homemade pastas, breads, pies and jams, shoppers were impressed by the bounty of offerings.

Local craftsmen brought out clothes, wood products, flowers and gift baskets galore.

Steven Googin played guitar, one lucky shopper won a bag full of prizes from the free drawing held monthly, the chef from the Brae Loch Inn showed how to make a traditional haggis and a chile shrimp, with samples for all. The Golden Pheasant prepared lunch using local foods.

The Winter Farmers Market will continue monthly at the Legion. The next market will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday Dec. 18. Once again there will be a featured chef from a local restaurant, door prizes and a wide variety of products offered. It is truly amazing that so many locally produced fresh foods are available in Central New York throughout the winter. Lunch will be offered, featuring local foods.

The market will be held on the third Saturday of the month Jan. 15, Feb. 19, March 19 and April 16.

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