A day at the market with Diane Burdick

The Skaneateles Farmers Market runs from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays in the parking lot of the Community Center, 97 State St.

Diane Burdick's been selling goods at the Skaneateles Farmers Market since the beginning. Although her pies are a must-get at the market, she herself hasn't had one in four years --- she's allergic to gluten.

QUESTION: Where do you live, Diane?

ANSWER: Hencoop Road, Skaneateles.

Q: How long have you been in agriculture?

A: All my life.

Q: What is the name of your business?

A: Baked Goods by Diane.

Q: What kinds of goods do you offer your customers?

A: We have the fresh fruit pies, fresh blueberries, in season, strawberries, in season. We have black currant. We have red raspberries. And I also have the baking powder biscuits, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate chunk and scones -- usually the blueberry scones. And then I do gluten-free, 'cause I'm a celiac.

Q: Do people tend to know that you have gluten-free goods available?

A: Yeah, they do. And there's a fair amount of people in this area that are celiac. They claim, if you read, that one out of every 133 people is a celiac. But there is a fair amount right in this area. If not, one family member is, and the others kind of eat that way as well.

Q: Do you sell these items on your own, or do you have help?

A: All my self. I call it the one horse operation.

Q: How is business going today?

A: Pretty good, pretty good. It's picking up. It'll get better, I'm sure. As the season goes it will be more -- this is our fourth one, so, it's pretty good.

Q: What is your most popular item?

A: Most popular item is the pies, the fruit pies. And I'd say probably the raspberry --- strawberry rhubarb's pretty popular too -- but I think the raspberry pies are. But again, when I get the blueberry scones, with fresh blueberries, that's a very hot item also.

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