continued Lipsey is hoping to bring some of the skills she’s acquired during her years on the Cazenovia Farmers Market committee to her new role as market manager. She is still working on a website, which will launch at the end of the month, and is still accepting vendor applications until March, even though she’s had many applications come in already – a large majority of which are being turned in by farmers in Madison County.
“[The farmers] are a community, even though we don’t all live in Cazenovia, and I like that feeling – it’s the same thing we want to accomplish in Fayetteville,” she said. “And all of the farmers are really looking forward to making this a great market, and that’s very important, because without them, the market won’t be successful. Even though I’m the manager, I can’t do this on my own – I commend the farmers.”
Most of the vendors will come from within a 40-mile radius of the market, Lipsey said, and she plans to start out with 25 farmers this year with the possibility of an expansion next summer. She’s expecting a mix of regular vendors from the Cazenovia Farmers Market as well as some fresh faces at the new Fayetteville market.
“There are so many reasons to support farmers – it helps the local economy and it’s important to know where your food comes from,” she said. “It makes it so we can exist and keeps the area rural, and as farmers, we support local too. It’s a better quality food because it’s fresh and local.”
The Fayetteville Farmers Market CNY will be held every Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the parking lot at Towne Center from June 5 to Oct. 30. For more information, visit Facebook.com/FayettevilleFarmersMarketCNY.