Cooperstown in central New York is chock full of exciting family fun things to do. As a host to baseball, art, opera, and plentiful eateries, Cooperstown is your all-American city to visit for summer vacation. It’s also a strong supporter to local farmers and artisans and is has one of the few indoor farmers’ market. Proudly sponsored since 1991 by Otsego 2000, a non-for-profit organization, the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market is a place for the community to gather weekly in Pioneer Alley to buy local produce, meats, dairy, jams, syrup, herbs, baked goods and crafts. With over thirty vendors and live entertainment, there is continuously something new at the Farmers’ Market.
With the National Baseball Hall of Fame, The Glimmerglass Festival, and the Fenimore Art Museum, thousands of visitors flock to Cooperstown annually. The Farmers’ Market attracts approximately 42,000 each year. According to Lyn Weir, Program Manager, Saturday markets in the summer average between 1000 to 1500 visitors. Local musicians perform on most Saturdays with over 30 performances this season. “The musicians perform voluntarily and receive only a small stipend to cover expenses,” added Weir.
This past Saturday, the two-man band of Three Days Gone entertained as I strolled from vendor to vendor. After sampling a variety of cheeses and jams, I worked my way over to a crowded table. It was there where my taste buds perked up as I sipped Mapple Jack and Shine. I learned that these products from KyMar Farm Distillery were new to the market this year. No doubt from the positive response from surrounding samplers, KyMar will definitely be there to stay.
The hand-crafted spirit of Schoharie Mapple Jack offers a 65 proof robust liqueur combining maple syrup and apple brandy. As a tribute to moonshiners, the un-aged 90 proof spirit of Shine is triple distilled from sorghum grown in Schoharie County, New York. The unique flavors of both make it instant favorites for whiskey and brandy lovers.
The Cooperstown Farmers’ Market is not only a social meeting place, but also a resourceful stop for information. You can find nearby U-Pick farms, such as Middlefield Orchard, or learn about Certified Naturally Grown certification for farmers and beekeepers. Find out how you can help local farmers by joining CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).
The vendors during the summer months may differ during the winter. “We like to offer a diverse market,” Weir states. Whether you’re a visitor to Cooperstown or a resident, support your local farmers and craftsmen at the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market.
In addition to Saturdays, the Farmers’ Market is open on Tuesdays in July and August from noon to 5 p.m.