Want to be a farmers market vendor? It’s not as hard as you think!

Have you ever thought about being a vendor at a farmers market but didn’t know how to get started?

To learn more about what it takes to be a vendor, come to an informational meeting at 6 pm on Thursday, March 13, at the Box of Books Library on Main Street in Alfred.

Peg Eisenhardt, owner of Hedgerow Farm Bakery, will explain what’s involved in selling crafts, vegetables, plants, eggs, meat, baked goods, and prepared foods at farmers markets in our area.

Planning underway for 2014 market

It may be cold outside, but the Alfred Farmers Market is busy making plans for the 2014 season.

First, a big thank you to everyone who helped to make the 2013 season a success: the vendors, the shoppers, our market manager who keeps everything running smoothly, the musicians, contributors to the educational program, and Alfred University who provides the space.

In 2014, the market will continue to meet 11 am to 3 pm on Sundays, from July 20 through November 23.

The market is located on the Alfred Village Green, at the corner of Main Street and Saxon Drive, in the Village of Alfred.

When the weather turns too cold, the market will be moved to the McLane Center on North Main Street in Alfred, on the Alfred University campus.

We’re exciting about the upcoming season and look forward to seeing you there!

Market moves indoors this weekend

Beginning this Sunday, October 27, the market will move to the ground floor of the McLane gymnasium on North Main Street in Alfred (building #7 on this Alfred University campus map).

While we love having the market outdoors, we also want our patrons and vendors to be comfortable.

The market will remain in this location through Sunday, November 17, the last market of the season.

We hope to see you at McLane!

Upcoming talk by Amanda Khodorkovskaya on “Choosing the Road Less Traveled?”

Amanda Khodorkovskaya will speak on “Choosing the Road Less Traveled?” on Friday, October 18, as part of Alfred University’s Environmental Studies Speaker Series.

The talk will take place at 12:20 pm in the Roon Lecture Hall (room 247) of the Science Center on AU’s campus. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

Amanda Khordorkovskaya is current President of the Alfred Farmers Market board. She and Sasha Khordorkovskaya own Living Acres Farm in Alfred Station and are regular vendors at the Alfred Farmers Market as well as other local markets. Their products can also be purchased through the farm’s Community Supported Agriculture plan.

Special events for Oktoberfest on October 6

Join the Alfred Farmers Market for the second annual Oktoberfest on Sunday, October 6th.

All Day Long

  • Live music by local band Sound Foundation, featuring Jim and Mary Ruch of Almond, Bob and Gena Decker of Belmont, and George Johnson of Wellsville.
  • Children’s activities organized by the Box of Books Library. Children can decorate and take home a pumpkin. There will also be games and face painting. All activities are free.
  • Go shopping! Each week from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm the market offers fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, bread, pasture raised meats, baked goods, honey, maple syrup, locally-made crafts and more.

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Horse drawn wagon rides
The Alfred University Equestrian Center will offer free wagon rides around the AU campus.

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Karate and Tai Chi Demonstrations
Shihan Elise Flynn of Alfred Martial Arts will host a karate demonstration. After the karate demo, stay around and catch a glimpse of the quiet beauty of the ancient art of Tai Chi, led by Master Guifung Lui.

2:00 pm
Baking contest judging
Bring us your favorite pumpkin or apple dessert. This can be in the form of cookies, pies, muffins, cakes, scones, breads, etc. Let your imagination run wild! The only requirement is that the prominent ingredient be either pumpkin or apple. Prizes will be awarded. There will be a special category for bakers twelve and under. So get the whole family involved and bring down your favorite sweet treat.