Farmers Markets and Roadside Stands offer bountiful choices

When I was growing up, my grandfather was an avid gardener.  He had a planted lot behind his house in Auburn, NY that to me, as a child, seemed to go on for miles. The corn, tomatoes, peppers, beets, squash and even horseradish were strung in rows, waving like laundry on a sunny day.  I can almost smell the rich earthiness of the corn or tomatoes he would pass to me as made his way down the aisles, picking only the best and ripest for me to take home that day.

Sadly, I did not inherit his skill or zeal for gardening.  I love the idea of it, but I didn’t spend enough time there learning the tricks of the land, so my attempts at gardening have ended in woefully withered, barren or bug-infested plants.

I did, however, inherit his love of fresh produce, and fortunately, one of the things this region is known for is its agricultural bounty. From May through October, you can find some of the most delectable delicacies of the earth here.  Below are resources where you can find a list of farmers markets for each Finger Lakes County where farmers gather on various days of the week to sell succulent produce to local resident.  As you travel throughout the region, also be sure to visit the roadside vegetable stands  where local farmers and entrepreneurs offer some of their finest fare to neighbors, friends and lucky passersby.

Cayuga County Farmers Markets – Listing of 14 markets including Greater Auburn, Aurora, Locke, King Ferry and Weedsport. Courtesy of the Assemblyman Gary Finch. Note: list is from 2010 but should still be in effect.

Chemung County Farmers Markets – Listing of 4 farmers markets, including Big Flats, Elmira and Horseheads. Courtesy of Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Cortland County Farmers Markets – Listing of 5 farmers markets, including Greater Cortland, Cincinnatus, Homer and Virgil. Courtesy of BDC/IDA of Cortland County.

Livingston County Farmers Markets – Listing of 7 farmers markets, toward bottom of page including Avon, Dansville, Lima, Mt. Morris, Nunda and Geneseo. Courtesy of Finger Lakes West.

Monroe County Farmers Markets – Listing of 20 farmers markets including Brighton, Brockport, Chili, East Rochester, Fairport, Greece, Hamlin, Irondequoit, Penfield, Pittsford, Greater Rochester, Rush and Webster. Courtesy of Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Onondaga County Farmers Markets – Listing of 8 farmers markets and 10 mobile markets including Camillus, Liverpool, Skaneateles and Greater Syracuse. Courtesy of Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Ontario County Farmers Markets – Listing of 5 farmers markets including Canandaigua, Geneva, Naples, Phelps and Victor. (Please note that the location of the Canandaigua Market has changed to167 Mill Street.) Courtesy of Ontario County’s Agriculture.

Schuyler County Farmers Markets – Listing of 2 Farmers Markets including Montour Falls and Watkins Glen. Courtesy of Beautiful Finger Lakes.

Seneca County Farmers Markets – Listing of 4 Farmers Markets including Seneca Falls and Waterloo, toward bottom of page. Courtesy of Finger Lakes Central.

Steuben County Farmers Markets – Listing of 3 Farmers Markets including Bath, Corning and Hornell. Courtesy of American Towns.

Tioga County Farmers Markets – Listing of 4 Farmers Markets and multiple other farms, including the towns of Owego and Waverly. Courtesy of Assemblyman Gary Finch.

Tompkins County Farmers Markets – Listing of 9 Farmers Markets including Caroline, Groton, Lansing Trumansberg and Greater Ithaca. Courtesy of Ithaca’s Food Web.

Wayne County Farmers Markets – Listing of 6 Community Farmers Markets including Clyde, Lyons, Macedon, Newark, Palmyra and Sodus.  Courtesy of Wayne County Tourism.

Yates County Farmers Markets – Listing of 3 Farmers Markets on page 18 including Penn Yan and Dundee. Courtesy of Cornell Cooperative Extension. (Note: This is a fabulous downloadable pdf guide to a variety of food products in and around Yates County and includes wineries, the cheese trail, various beverages, U-pick produce, harvest season, etc.)

Another terrific resource for Farmers Markets throughout New York State is the New York State Department of Agriculture.


"Down Time" for Silver Ball Tournament Players

Professional baseball was born in New York City in 1845 when members of the Knickerbocker Base Ball* Club formed and began formalizing the rules of the sport.  The game  has changed, along with its rules, uniforms and etiquette since those early days, but true baseball aficionados can see the game played in its original 19th Century form at Genesee Country Village & Museum‘s premier vintage baseball park.  Each year, a dozen teams from across the northeast gather in Mumford, NY to play the three-day round robin-style National Silver Ball Tournament.

In 2011, the tournament takes place from Friday, August 5 through Sunday, August 7 at Genesee Country Village & Museum, located at 1410 Flint Hill Road in Mumford.  Spectators can catch the games between between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.  Major Event Admission rates apply: Adult $16, Youth 4-16 $10, Seniors 62+ or students with ID $13, children under 3 admitted free.

If this article was of interest, you may also enjoy the Travel Maven’s 2009 Article on Genesee Country Village, the National Silver Ball Tournament and Laura Ingalls Wilder Day.

For more on Vintage Baseball, visit the Vintage Base Ball Association’s website.

*Baseball was originally written as two words.

Photo and text copyright 2011 © Carol White Llewellyn.

This "Carrousel," now a centerpiece in Hershey Park, was once a landmark in Auburn

From 1929 to 1944, the Philadelphia Toboggan Company’s wooden merry-go-round that is now the centerpiece of Hershey Park‘s Founders Circle in Hershey, PA was once part of Enna Jettick Park  in Auburn, NY. The park is now named Emerson Park, after park found Fred L. Emerson of Dunn & McCarthy shoe fame.

Because Enna Jettick Park had to be closed during WWII due to gas rationing that prevented patrons from visiting the park, many of the rides deteriorated.  The merry-go-round was purchased by Hershey Park in 1944, was restored, and it has been in Hershey ever since.  It still sports the original signmaker’s spelling of “Carrosel” and has 42 Jumping Horses, 24 Standing Horses and 2 chariots.

The carousel that replaced the one sold to Hershey Park was also sold in 1972 and the beautiful building that once housed the carousels is now home to the Merry-go-round Playhouse, “Broadway in the Finger Lakes.”

Photo by Carol White Llewellyn copyright © 2011.  All rights reserved.

A red Ford Falcon is on the shopping block

Now here’s an amazing warehouse sale collectors of art, antiques and vintage cars won’t want to miss!

ARTISANworks is holding its 1st Annual Warehouse Sale, on Saturday July 30 and Sunday July 31 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  On the shopping block are… a Paul Knoblauch Enamel Painted Metal and Wood Seat Art Bench, a vintage Ford Falcon, a 1997 Jaguar, a motor powered 4 seater mini surry, a stained glass window, a Beefeater statue and hundreds of pieces of framed artwork.

Here's your chance to own a mini-surry

The warehouse sale is being run by All Things Antiques and will take place  in the warehouse to the left of ARTISANWorks main location at 565 Blossom Rd Near North Winton Rd. Just look for signs!

It’s an exciting week ahead, and music, dance, theater and fairs abound.  If you come to the Ganondagan Festival on Sunday morning, please stop by the Membership desk, say hi and introduce yourself!

Donna the Buffalo is one of the performing acts at the Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival
Video courtesy of Youtube and Handesmith’s Channel

  1. The Hemlock “Little World’s Fair” – Tues. July 19 – Sat. July 23. See schedule for events and times. Daily tickets Adults (13+) $11, Child (4-12) $8, Child 3 & under Free. Weekly tickets Adults (13+) $28, Child (4-12) $21, Child 3 & under Free. Rides and grandstand events included with price of admission. Hemlock.
  2.  Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival – Thurs. July 21 – Sun. July 24.  See schedule for performances. Advance Adult 4 day pass $95, Youth 4 day pass $65 (on sale through July 13). At the gate Adult 4 day pass $110, Youth 4 day pass $65. Advance 1 Day pass $28- $43 (through July 13), at the gate 1 day pass $30-$45. Trumansberg.
  3. Into the Woods at Smith Opera House – Thurs. July 21 – Sat. July 23 @ 8 p.m.- 11 p.m. General admission $12, Students $10. Geneva.
  4. Charley’s Aunt at Bristol Valley Theater – Thurs. July 21 – Sun. July 31 – See schedule for times. $12-$32. Naples.
  5. 63rd Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition at the Memorial Art Gallery – Sun. July 24 – Sun. September 25. Wed.-Sun. 11 am–5 pm, Thurs. 11 am–9 pm, CLOSED Mondays, Tuesdays and major holidays. General admission $12; Seniors $8, college students with ID and children 6–18 $5. Half-price general admission Thursdays 5 p.m.-9 pm. Free to Members,University of Rochester students, and children 5 and under. Rochester.
  6. Shakespeare in the Garden – “Romeo and Juliet” performed by Shakesperience at the Seward House – Sat. July 23 @ 7 p.m. Adults $15, Students: $12. Auburn.
  7. Steely Dan with Sam Yahel @ CMAC – Sat. July 23 @ 8 p.m. (gates open at 7 p.m.) – $38.35 – $106.95 (includes online order fees). Canandaigua.
  8. MidsummerFest at Genesee Country Village & Museum – Sat. July 23 @ 6-9 p.m. $25 per person ($20 members). Advance tickets recommended. Only persons 21 or older can be admitted. Designated driver pass $10. Mumford.
  9. The Magical Music of Disney by the RPO at Kodak Hall – Sat. July 23 @ 7 p.m. Adults $20-$70, Children $10-$20. Rochester. (If you’re interested in this event, you might enjoy the Travel Maven’s “Beyond the Finger Lakes post on the Magic of Disney at Night).
  10. 20th Anniversary of Ganondagan’s Native American Dance & Music Festival – Sat.  July 23 & Sun. July 24 @ 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Adults $12, Seniors $10, Students age 18+ w/ ID $7, Children 3-18 $5, Friends of Ganondagan Members Free. Victor. [See the Travel Maven’s post Ganondagan’s Native American Dance & Music Festival: 20 Years of Tradition and Change]
  11. Richard O’Brien’s “The Rocky Horror Show” at the JCC Rochester – Sat. July 23- Sun. July 31. See schedule for performance times.  JCC Member $24,  Non-member $26, Student $18. Rochester.
  12. Girl Talk, the Musical at Geva Theatre Center – Mon. July 25 – Sat. August 27. See schedule for times.  $49. Rochester.
  13. Sketching the Streamside Garden with Camille Doucet at Cornell Plantations – Mon. July 25, Wed. July 27, Fri. July 29 @ 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. $108. Pre-registration required. Ithaca.
  14. Ontario County Fair – Tues. July 26 – Sun. July 31 –  See schedule for events and Times. Admission is free, but there is a $5 charge for parking. Additional fees for grandstand events. Canandaigua.
  15. 42nd Street at the Merry-go-round Playhouse – Wed. July 27 – Wed. August 17. See schedule for show times. $37-$39. Auburn.
  16. Grapehound Wine Tour – Thurs. July 28-Sun. July 31. Fee of $25 includes welcome event at Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards with food and wine tasting, a commemorative wine glass, a concert, wine tasting fees at numerous participating wineries and reduced fees at certain wineries, to benefit greyhound adoption. Along Seneca Lake.
  17. August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean at the Hangar Theatre – Thurs. July 28 – Sat. Aug. 6. See schedule for times.  $18 – $22. Ithaca.
  18. Ithaca Artists’ Market – Fri. July 29 @ 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. Free. Ithaca.
  19.  Skaneateles Antique and Classic Boat Show – Fri. July 29- Sun. July 31. See events page for scheduled activities.  Free, but there is a charge for some activities. Skaneateles.
  20.  Spencerport Canal Days – Sat. July 30-Sun. July 31 @ 10 a.m. – 5  p.m. Free. Spencerport.

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Ganondagan's Annual Festival commemorates its dedication as a Historic Site

On July 23 and 24, Ganondagan State Historic Site will hold its 20th Annual Dance & Music Festival.

Jeanatte Miller, Friends of Ganondagan Executive Director looks back at this annual celebration that started with one modest tent under which a storyteller, Iroquois dancers and a demonstration or two entertained attendees. The festival began in 1991 to celebrate the July 14, 1987 dedication of Ganondagan as a State Historic Site.

“In the beginning, we had Iroquois Social and Pow Wow dancers. As the festival grew, we decided to change things up each year,” shared Jeanette, who heads the separate non-profit organization that supports the Historic Site’s educational initiatives and handles its events and marketing.

“Although we still focused on Iroquois culture, we began adding performances by other indigenous people,” she explained.

For example, in 1995 a group of Maori dancers introduced attendees to traditional dance and music from New Zealand.  Since then, Ganondagan has welcomed Aztec Dancers, the Dinah Tah Navajo dancers,  Hawaiian Dancers and even dancers and musicians from France performing traditional Basque numbers.  Each year, the Buffalo Creek and Ganondagan Spirit Dancers pack the tent with attendees who love watching the dynamic Iroquois social and pow wow dancing.

Grammy and Nammy Award Winner Joanne Shenandoah Headlines the 2011 Festival
Video courtesy of LinkTV, Joanne Shenandoah and Youtube.

Native music is integral to the festival as well, and over the years, attendees have been treated to both contemporary groups and more traditional performers.  This year, Ganondagan welcomes Grammy and Native American Music Award Winner , Joanne Sheandoah who has performed at The Parliament of the Worlds Religions, The White House, Carnegie Hall and three Presidential Inaugurations.

In addition to Native Dance and Music, Ganondagan hosts a Native Arts Market.  For collectors of Native art, names like Peter B. Jones, Tammy Tarbell, Tom Huff and Michael Galban are an enormous draw.  Many of the artists, some of whom come from as far away as Arizona and New Mexico, do demonstrations in their booths. The quality of the work shown and sold at the festival is on a par with that found at the Santa Fe Indian Market.

My daughters and our visitors from China enjoyed making corn husk dolls

So, what else is there to do at the Festival? Plenty! For music lovers, the Family Drum Jam offers an opportunity to try Native drumming, and award-winning Native flute maker William Harjo will teach a Native flute workshop (bring your own or buy one at the festival).  If you enjoy crafts, the Wegman’s Family Discovery Area offers hands-on activities for kids that focus on transforming recyclable products into fun crafts.  Throughout the festival, demonstrations provide a fascinating look at Native handwork and culture today. Scheduled demonstrations include an historic archery demonstration by Michael Galban, Pottery Making by Peter B. Jones, one on Ancient Tools by Mike Tarbell and Water Drum Making by Bill Crouse Sr. At workshops on both days, attendees can make classic Native arts such as corn husk dolls.  Be sure to register early for these popular activities that usually sell out. (Note: there is an additional fee for the Native crafts workshops).  Another great way to explore the history of the Native people who lived in this region is to join storytellers Perry Ground and Barbara Bethmann Mahooty who bring Iroquois tales to life, or to take a tour of Ganondagan trails and longhouse, given by expert trail guides and site interpreters.  Culinary adventurers can even try such Native delicacies as fry bread, bear and venison sausage, but less exotic foods are also available for purchase.

Ganondagan’s 20th Annual Native American Dance & Music Festival will take place on July 23 & 24 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Ganondagan State Historic Site, located at 1488 State Route 444 in Victor.  There is free parking and shuttle service from Fireman’s Field, off of Maple Avenue in Victor, NY.  Simply follow festival signs from Route 96 in Victor.  The admission fee is Adults $12, Seniors $10, Students (18+ with ID) $7, Children 3-18 $5, Children under 3 Free.  Friends of Ganondagan Members are free with current membership card.  Become a Friends on Ganondagan Member at the festival and you’ll receive free admission.

Note: Sign interpretation is offered for free at this festival and golf carts make the entire event accessible to those who have disabilities or difficulty walking.

For more about this event, take a look at this slide video I created for last year’s event, but please note that this year’s dates are Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 24.

Photos and text in article copyright 2011 © Carol White Llewellyn. All rights reserved.

Monroe County Parks are home to plants from around the world

On February 8, 1942, the Democrat & Chronicle published an article entitled “Plea for Tolerance in Our Parks.”

The article was referring to an incident in 1917 during the height of WWI, where a group of four young zealots stole into Highland Park at night armed with flashlight,  ax and  towel, aggresively destroying any plants they could find with a marker stating “from Germany.”

The article, written during WWII, begged for tolerance for the parks since Highland and other Monroe County Parks were home to “Hundreds of shrubs indigenous to the soil of far-away lands,” including Japan.