The Opening Day Bash

It’s here, it’s here at last!

Entrance

(One of the entrances of the market looking in)

That’s what I imagine the crowd was thinking as they arrived at the bustling market last Saturday.  I know I was! And boy was it an event! Saturday, July 16th, was the grand opening celebration for the long awaited Broome County Regional Farmers Market.  First a concept in 2009, it has finally come to fruition for the 2016 season. When I pulled in at 9 am to a packed parking lot, I could already tell it was a major success.

Inside throngs of people walked about scouring the market for local, sustainably sourced produce and goods. Surely, no one left disappointed.  Fresh food, minimal packaging, and translucent origins. That’s what this is all about!

What struck me first as I walked into the building? The diversity! From local organic farms, to local breweries, even a local gourmet coffee producer!

Binghamton Brew

(Kristen Lyons and Jason Gardner of Binghamton Brewing Company)

A feeling of community and excitement from everyone in attendance was apparent from the moment I arrived, until the moment I left. And one could easily sense the passion from the vendors. Passion for their product, passion for the market atmosphere, and a passion for their customers.

I think it’s safe to say this is only the beginning of a successful summer market season for the Broome County Regional Farmers Market. I hope to see you all there.

Written by: Nate Lounsbury

[Nate is a native of Tioga and is a recent graduate from Binghamton University with a passion for sustainable agriculture and healthy living.]