Farmers Markets – Supporting the Community

This week is National Farmers Market Week, and we at the Broome County Regional Farmers Market are partnering with other markets across the state to Give Back NY.

Farmers Markets are an essential part of any community. Farmers markets serve as small business incubators, provide healthy food for everyone, and are a core part of preserving our farmland and supporting rural livelihoods. Farmers markets are a community-based local solution to nationwide challenges.

Give Back NY is our opportunity to honor all those who have supported farmers markets, local agriculture and food producers, and local food throughout the course of the current health crisis.

Overwhelmingly, consumers have put their faith in farmers markets as a source for safe, healthy foods for themselves and their families. We want to celebrate that tremendous support by opening our markets during National Farmers Market Week to partner with local food pantries to collect both food and cash donations to help
those who have been experiencing hunger, especially during our COVID 19 health crisis.

We ask you to join our celebration and encourage donations to pantries. Some food pantries may have restrictions or guidelines on how donations can be accepted during the COVID 19 crisis, but below are suggestions on how you can participate.
• Purchasing local food from farmers/vendors at the market for donation
• Farmers and vendors can donate to the food pantries at the end of the market day
• Bringing shelf-stable products to the market for donation.

For this promotion, we will be collecting donations for the Binghamton Food Rescue. Binghamton Food Rescue (BFR) is a local, volunteer-run organization that works to destigmatize food insecurity. BFR was started because our food system has a big problem – huge quantities of food are thrown out that could otherwise be used to combat food insecurity and hunger.

Binghamton Food Rescue collects produce from our market every Saturday, as well as other markets in Broome County, for redistribution. Their food distribution takes place year-round from 1:30 til 2:30 pm at 85 Walnut St, Binghamton, NY, 13905. BFR also distributes nonperishables and has a mutual aid table with hygiene products, masks, and more. They also deliver community meals throughout the week. Donations are welcome: paypal.me/BinghamtonFoodRescue

In the meantime, you can also bring donations for Binghamton Food Rescue to either the Broome County Regional Farmers Market or the Vestal Farmers Market on Saturday from 9 am until 1 pm.