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Circa farmers market grows

— There are several options for attending winter farmers’ markets in Central New York, but the Circa Farmers’ Market in Cazenovia, which runs from 9 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of each month, is strictly for producers only.

Circa Restaurant chef and owner, Alicyn Hart, has been hosting this market now for three years. “It has offered our customers the opportunity to meet, visit, and query the other farmers who bring to fruition Circa’s goals of serving simple honest local fare,” she said. “We’ve added and subtracted vendors, still adhering to the suggestion of limiting it to Circa purveyors.”

The idea started in 2010, due to a lack of markets in Cazenovia. Just as unique as Circa restaurant is to CNY, so are the participating vendors some of whom are selling items such as bison meat, pastured lamb, artisan cheeses and grass-fed butter.

On Saturday, Dec. 1, Renate Nolan, cheesemaker extraordinaire of Dutch Girl Cheese, provided samples for market customers by combining her crafted cheeses with acorn squash from Lucky Moon Farm and meat from Ingallside Meadows.

In addition to Dutch Girl Cheese and Lucky Moon Farm, vendors at this year’s markets include Meadowood Farms, Salt City Coffee, Ingallside Meadows Farm, Empire Buffalo, Alambria Springs Farm, Lynnie Lynnes Gluten Free Bakery and Kriemhild Dairy Farms.

The Circa Farmers’ Market will be held the first Saturday of the month, beginning in December, and continues through April. Doors open at 9 a.m. While the market closes at noon, customers are invited to hang around for lunch, featuring menu items created from the many products found at the market.

For details each month and updates, be sure to visit Circa Winters Farmer Market’s page on Facebook.

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