The new winter farmers market made it’s debut on Elmira’s Southside this weekend. Officials at Chamberlain Acres said the idea for the market actually came from local farmers.
“We just discovered there was truly a need for something different, especially on the Southside of Elmira,” owner of Chamberlain Acres Charles Todd said. “We had a couple organic farmers actually come to us and ask if they could bring their vegetables in for a winter market and it just kind of spun off that idea ‘hey we’ve got space, we might as well use it.'”
Officials said different local farmers will be selling their crops at the market each week.
“Each week the vendors will be changing,” owner of Chamberlain Acres Glenn Miller said. “There will be some vendors that will be here all the time, other vendors will come and go when they have produce or they don’t have produce.”
Charles Rhodes, owner of Cheesy Dreams, said he’s happy his new trailer will still get some use this season after it was being worked on over the summer.
“I’m definitely pleased with it because now everybody doesn’t have to wait till the spring or the summer to do something, they can actually enjoy it in the fall and winter,” Rhodes said.
“We just got this trailer, so we just got it on the road this is our first time so we’re still kind of adjusting,” Rhodes’ daughter Dezirae Filomeno said.
“Today we are selling crepes and we are selling all sorts of flavors and we’re going to be here most Sundays,” Rhodes’ son Dominic Filomeno said.
They certainly won’t be the only ones enjoying the market on Sundays.
“It just seems like a good thing seems like a way for them to get sell what they have and just a great way to get people out on Sundays,” Miller said.
The market is open every Sunday through Feb. from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Chamberlain Acres in Elmira.