Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
Jessica A. Chittenden

January 23, 2007

Department Hosts Farmers’ Market Information Days

Regional Meetings Encourage Direct Marketing Opportunities at Local Farmers’ Markets

New York State Acting Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker today announced six regional "Farmers’ Market Information Day" meetings scheduled throughout the State. The meetings are held in cooperation with the Farmers’ Market Federation of New York and Cornell Cooperative Extension, and will provide farmers with information on the direct marketing opportunities at New York State’s more than 300 farmers’ markets.

The Farmers’ Market Information Day meetings will provide updates and information for farmers and market managers on new programs and perspectives, key government programs and statewide promotional efforts with the Pride of New York program. Guest speakers will specifically discuss wireless EBT technology, the proposed Women, Infant and Children (WIC) vouchers and how to enhance market management.

Farmers interested in participating at farmers’ markets will be able to meet with market managers at the meetings, learn about product needs, and obtain market applications, schedules, rules, and other market information.

All meetings will begin at 8:30 am and end at 4:30 pm. Farmers’ Market Information Day meetings will be held in the following locations:

- Canton – Tuesday, January 30

Best Western University Inn, 90 E. Main Street (Route 11)

- Batavia – Wednesday, January 31

Holiday Inn, 8250 Park Road

- N. Syracuse – Thursday, February 1

Ramada Inn, 1305 Buckley Road

- Binghamton – Tuesday, February 6

Best Western Regency, One Sarbro Square

- Kingston – Wednesday, February 7

Hillside Manor, 240 Boulevard (Route 32S)

- Albany – Thursday, February 8

Hilton Garden Inn at the Albany Airport, 800 Albany Shaker Road

Registration is $15.00 per person, which includes a hot lunch, beverage and dessert. Registration can be paid in advance or at the door.

Farmers and market managers interested in attending one of the Farmers’ Market Information Day meetings can pre-register with Diane Eggert of the Farmers’ Market Federation of New York by calling 315-475-1101 or e-mail to or by visiting Please indicate which meeting and location you plan to attend and the number of people registering. Space is limited, so farmers are encouraged to register as soon as possible.

Farmers’ markets are becoming more popular in the nation and have more than doubled in number in the past five years. Farmers’ markets benefit city, suburban and rural residents by allowing them more access to fresh food. They also help farmers maximize their profit margins by enabling them to sell directly to the consumer.

There are more than 1,700 farmers participating in New York’s 350 farmers’ markets statewide. Nearly $5.3 million in New York State Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition checks were redeemed at farmers’ markets for locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables.

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