South Wedge Farmers Market
South Wedge Farmers Market Is OPEN!
Thursday, June 7th marks the start of the 12th season for the South Wedge Farmers Market, so bring the whole family, your neighbors, friends, and co-workers down to the market to help us celebrate!
Opening Day highlights include music, great food, shopping with our farmers and free yoga with TruYoga (5:45-6:30PM). Be sure to bring the kids and visit with the Rochester Fire Department fire safety house and the RPD Mounted Patrol. Artists from 540 West Main and Studio RAD will be on hand. Jinny Spencer will have her unique antiques and collectibles for sale. Trillium Health and Episcopal Senior Life are two of several community groups joining the Market for opening day.
The market will open at the Genesee Gateway Park, 151 Mt. Hope Ave. at 4pm and will continue to offer great local fruit, veggies, bread, beer, wine, and more every Thursday from 4-7 all summer long. The final market day is scheduled for Thursday, October 4th.
The focus continues to be on bringing locally grown, fresh food options to shoppers at a great price and several favorite farmers have already signed on for a return engagement. As in years past, shoppers will be able to use their SNAP benefits at the market and the Fresh Connect program is in place, giving all SNAP shoppers an extra $2 for every $5 spent. The Big Spender program is back. Stop at the market information table when you arrive at the market and receive a card that will track your market purchases. If you spend $30 or more, you’ll receive a bonus $5 token as a thank you for supporting local agriculture.
There are wrap around activities on tap to complement the farmer’s market in an effort to transform the market into a must go Thursday night destination and gathering place for the entire community. The South Wedge Farmers Market will include all of your favorite aspects found at the Rochester Public Market, just on a smaller scale. Instead of the Sunday Garage Sale Super Flea at the RPM, you will find the new Mini-Flea Market at the SWFM. The Mini-Flea is part of the “let it go” movement sweeping the country as more people find that they can do more with less and clearing out clutter is the best way to battle any tendency toward hording. Community residents can take advantage of free space to sell their stuff. For a mini-flea space application, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will find many of the same street musicians you see at the RPM as more buskers are added to the entertainment line-up on Thursday night. The market will also feature local artisans and crafters, giving them an outlet to demonstrate and sell their work at the new Riverside Arts and Crafts at the Market. Artisans and crafters interested in taking advantage of a free space at the market, e-mail email@example.com.
While the RPM may have the Food Truck Rodeo, the South Wedge Farmers Market is putting together a Food Cart Round-Up with hot-dog, popcorn, jerk chicken and more prepared food choices. Several vendors will have excellent vegan and vegetarian menu options.
Thanks to our friends at TruYoga, no-cost riverside yoga will be offered to anyone and everyone from 5:45pm to 6:30pm each Thursday evening (weather permitting). Stop at the Market information table and pick up a map to become a part of the Rochester Walks movement. One-mile routes have already been charted through the South Wedge with the walks beginning and ending at the Market. Pick up your Wedge Card at the market information table. Cards cost $25.00 and offer great discounts at local businesses along with The Wedge newspaper mailed right to your home.
New to the Market is a free Hip Hop Cardio class taught by Marcus Bowens every Thursday 6:30- 7 p.m. By day Marcus works at Mechanical Design for LaBella, nights and weekends he leads Hip Hop cardio classes at area locations including 540 West Main, a community space used for discussion, events and classes.
Enjoy learning more about your community and all that makes it special at a new feature called “Wedge Talks” while local community groups take up market spaces to promote services important to our families and residents.
The South Wedge Farmer’s Market is working closely with area businesses to help promote the “shop local” movement. Businesses are invited to take advantage of a complimentary booth at the Market to sell their products and promote their business.
The South Wedge Planning Committee operates the Market as part of its community engagement services. While the 2017 Market, like so many other Mt. Hope Avenue businesses, struggled through the extensive Mt. Hope Avenue construction and renovation projects, the street looks great and a new year brings renewed excitement and anticipation.
“We are very fortunate to have our own Farmer’s Market right here in the South Wedge. Explains Frank Logan, SWPC Board Chair. “We are working hard to expand the Market into a true gathering spot for our entire community. I hope people will stop, shop, stay awhile, visit with neighbors and friends, grab some dinner and just enjoy this riverside gathering each Thursday evening.”
Where do I park?
The best place to park is at your house and walk or bike to the market. If you do need to drive, there is plenty of parking for shoppers and visitors. On street parking is available on Mt. Hope, Alexander, Hamilton and Comfort St. Please follow all parking signs, parking on Alexander, Hamilton and Comfort is only on the North side of the street. Parking across the street from the market at DePaul(150 Mt. Hope) is available after 5 pm. If you are coming late there is public parking on the far north side of Spectrum’s property after 6pm. THERE IS NO PARKING in the Spectrum LOT next to the Market.
For more information on being a market vendor, a guest community business, artisan, busker or to participate in the mini flea at the Market, contact the South Wedge Farmers Market at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (585) 256-1740 ext. 5.