DANSVILLE — The Dansville Farmer’s Market is the oldest open-air market in Livingston County.
Raging Winds Farm Owner Gary Roth said they like to start out the Friday before Memorial Day to give people a chance to get some nice flowers, produce, meat, baked goods and gifts for the holiday.
“We started off good this year,” he said. “We have eight vendors so far, and more are always welcome to come down and join us. We try to keep it as diverse as we can every year.”
Raging Winds Farm opens its doors before Mother’s Day every year, so people can enjoy planting early. For more information go to https://www.facebook.com/Raging-Winds-Farm-Market-568550519964307/
“We will be bringing our garden veggies soon,” Roth said. “People love getting fresh produce. They like to know where it comes from. It looks like this is going to be a good season for us.”
Roth said that this event always has a great turnout, and the community supports them every year.
The Farmette owner Kate Morrison started her business in 2015 in Scottsville, but after she found her fiance they moved to Dansville.
“All of our meat is pasture raised to sustain the farming practice,” she said. “We plan to be at the market all season this year. It (The Farmette) has been really well received so far. I am excited to be a part of the community.”
Morrison said some of her animals are on The Acomb Farm and others are at her neighbors.
“I do meat ups for delivery to people’s homes,” she said. “I plan on being at the Farm Days event in Dansville as well. We will be next to Dogwood Trading Company from 5 to 7 p.m. on June 1.”
“Dansville does a lot of great things for their community,” Morrison continued. “When I started my farm in Scottsville I had chicken, ducks and sheep. Now I have pigs and bunnies.”
Morrison said there is on farm pickup by appointment, and if she gets an order $200 or more she will have a host pickup spot.
The Farmette plans on expanding to grass and grain fresh beef in the near future.
The Farmette is on Route 36 in Dansville and open Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Its closed on Sunday. For more information call 585-698-4846 or visit www.farmettestore.com
The Farmette mission is to farm in a way that respects the animal, environment, and the farmer. The animals are raised humanely and seasonally rotated on pasture. The farm comes with heritage breeds such as Giant Chinchilla Rabbits, Kunekune Pigs, Cornish Cross Hens, and Duroc, Hampshire, and Yorkshire pigs. There are no hormones or unnecessary antibiotics in her meats.
Treasure Crafter owner Carol French said she enjoys being at the market again.
“I love to go to the flea market and buy old things to use for crafts,” she said. “The tea cup plants and glass shoes are new this year.”
French did so well at the Dogwood Festival this year that she brought her old west themed crafts to the market too.
“I have all of my patriotic themed crafts for Memorial Day weekend,” she said. “I will be here for the whole market
Rita Wittig, Cornell Cooperative Extension Livingston County master gardener said she will be around every Friday if the weather is good to answer any questions on gardening.
“We like to keep people informed on the science behind gardening,” she said. “I have been with them for 18 years, and it is always something I have been interested in.”
Cornell Cooperative Extension celebrates 100 years this year, and will have a big event planned July 27 at Hemlock Fairgrounds.
“If there is anything people want to know that I don’t have the answer for I will contact another master gardener,” Wittig said. “I always tell people it depends on the weather. Most planting isn’t done until Mid-May. You can start indoors earlier if you have a greenhouse.”
Wittig said that if anyone wants a master gardener to come down for an event to call the office.
The Cornell Cooperative Extension Livingston County can be reached at 585-335-1752. For more information go to http://ccelivingstoncounty.org/
The Dansville Farmer’s Market is located at Maple Street and is open every Friday through October from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.