Thursday, September 9, 2010

Urban Farms' Farmers Market Delayed Until Spring

Posted By on Thu, Sep 9, 2010 at 11:58 AM

Volunteers clear land at the Urban Farms site earlier this year.
  • Justin Fox Burks
  • Volunteers clear land at the Urban Farms site earlier this year.

Urban Farms, the city farm in the Binghamton area, had originally scheduled to open its farmers market last weekend. The opening has now been pushed back until next spring.

The reason for the delay, according to the farm's general manager Mary Phillips, is that they don't have enough vendors. This summer's record heat has severely affected crops, so produce is limited.

In the meantime, Urban Farms is selling produce from its crops, when available, on Tuesdays afternoons.

These "truck markets" are generally held from 4 to 7 p.m. near Sam Cooper and Tillman. Those interested should visit the farm's Facebook page to verify if the market will be held that week and to see what produce will be sold.

Currently, Urban Farms is busy cultivating soil, clearing land, putting in fall plantings, and constructing two new buildings.

There is one project in the works that Phillips is particularly excited about: a community-run u-pick berry patch.

"I'm really passionate about getting people around plants," she says.

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