Rochester has a rich tradition of providing residents with access to fresh, local produce at it’s many farmer’s markets. (Tuesday-Westside, Wednesday-Monroe Village, Thursday-Southwedge, Sunday-Brighton). The main one is the Rochester Public Market, which won the 2010 America’s Favorite Farmers Market contest, with over 5,200 votes! The South Wedge Farmer’s Market is smaller, but focuses exclusively on organic and locally grown produce. Over the past few years it has grown to become a neighborhood institution on Thursdays from 4-8pm.
The 2010 SWFM season is drawing to a close, and the market has seen attendance of between 500 and 600 people a week and vendor sales up over 25% from last year. It has also become a neighborhood gathering place were people socialize and build community. There is entertainment for adults and children every week!
The last few market nights at the South Wedge Farmer’s Market are going to be extra special, and the market managers would like to ask for your help for these markets:
- Send to your Face Book Friends as an event and email so we can have record crowds
- Come to the market and experience the fun
- If you know any representatives of potential “sponsors” for the 2011 Market – we are thinking around $15,000 for the sponsorship – please invite them.
What will make the last 3 weeks special you ask?
October 14 – Block Club Day at the Market – an opportunity to talk one on one with neighbors – if someone signs up for a block club they will receive $5 in market money! The block clubs are doing door hangers to promote this event!
October 21 – The Best Dressed Chicken Contest – with the Rochester Poultry Association and Rochester City Chicken Club
October 28 – ‘Halloween at the Market’ will have a costume contest, and then you can go to Night of the Living Wedge for more adult orientated entertainment
On both October 21 and 28 the SWFM will be inviting families from the local schools to attend the market for Healthy Treats and Nifty Tricks – they will have demonstrations, tastings and recipes for families – families will also receive an incentive for coming!