Corning indoor winter farmers market open more days this season

CORNING, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - Thursday is the last day for the outdoor Corning farmers market, but the indoor winter market opens for the season a few days later. Plus, there's a new aspect. 

Last season's schedule had the market open on the first and third Saturday of every month which was a little confusing to remember, but this year, it's open every Saturday. 

We visited one farm in Hector where some of the crops are grown and learned the food is farmed multiple ways.

One option is in unheated tunnels, also known as hoop houses, which stretches plastic over metal and is growing bok choy, salad turnips, and onions. 

Another way is traditional farming right outside in the field. Some vegetables can handle the cold weather until December or even January.

One farmer says despite these options, they're never in charge of the outcome. It's always the weather that decides what kind of crop they'll have. 

"In a mild winter, we might pick things all winter outside in the field, but boy, when it gets down to five (degrees) and the windchill's going, the wind really beats up the things that are still outside," Farmer Liz Martin said. "That's why we try to balance out with the use of tunnels, with the use of crops that are brought inside and stored and then some that are left in the field alive."

Many of the vendors from the outdoor market will also be there. Both markets are run by two different groups. You'll find baked goods and other items beyond farmed food.

It's every Saturday starting this weekend on November 4 through March except for the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

It'll be from 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. at 1 West Market Street inside the visitor center in Centerway Square. 


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