Farmers Market: A chance to support local agriculture

Some might say there's nothing better than eating homegrown fruits and vegetables. The flip side of that is the ability to support local agriculture.

Residents had the opportunity to show their support on Thursday during the first day of the Skaneateles Farmers Market at the community center on State Street.

"It gets a little busier every year," said Vaughn Anna of Anna's Rose Hill Flowers on Rose Hill Road.

It seems that once school lets out for the summer and the seasonal residents make their way back to town the market-goers see more faces.

Cut rhubarb was available for sale alongside fresh peas. Although tomatoes and field-grown strawberries aren't yet in season, Anna was able to offer shoppers an early taste of what's to come this summer by offering greenhouse grown strawberries and hothouse tomatoes from Rochester.

Fresh field grown strawberries will be available in June, he said.

With so much to offer, some may ask what his best seller is -- "It all depends on what's in season. Strawberries until the Fourth of July, then sweet corn," Anna said.

With a steady flow of shoppers and a good amount of sales, Lisa McGlynn was also pleased with the first day at market this season.

"It's great. [You] can't beat the weather," said McGlynn, who refers to herself as "the cheese lady" as her business is yet to be named.

The goods she offers range from homemade granola to cheeses such as fresh mozzarella and parmesan. She also carries two brands of New York cheese -- River Rat Cheese, which is made in Clayton, and Muranda Cheese Company based in Waterloo.

Essentially, McGlynn said she offers a "smattering of everything," which customers are pleased with.

Elaine Palmer was busy picking out some cheese and visiting with McGlynn Thursday afternoon. During the summer, the market becomes part of her routine.

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