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Downtown Farmers Market returns to Clinton Square

Table with many baskets of vegetables under a tent next to some flowers
Morgan Caviness
A table full of vegetables for sale on the opening day of the Downtown Farmers Market.

The 51st edition of the Farmers Market in Clinton Square kicked off Tuesday and, like every year, has been months in the planning.

Merike Treier, executive director of the Downtown Committee of Syracuse which runs the event, says organizers begin reaching out to farmers in January to see who is "interested in attending the event and what types of products they will be looking to bring."

That way the committee knows the array of products they can expect from farmers, many of whom are repeat sellers, including Jim Maryinuk, owner of Maryinuk Farms, who has been coming to the market for 40 years.

Maryinuk was one of about a dozen vendors on opening day and brought some of his early crops, such as asparagus and haskap berries.

 Jim Maryinuk standing in front of a table with asparagus and hascap berries on it and his truck in the back with more baskets and supplies
Morgan Caviness
Jim Maryinuk from Maryinuk farms standing with his crops

Trieir says, as later in the season, that number typically increase to two dozen, "based on crops coming in and new production in different produce."

Or adverse weather, says Maryinuk, like the recent freeze, which can lead to lost crops and make it harder for farmers to come every week.

Other fruits and vegetables already available at the Downtown Farmers Market include tomatoes asparagus, strawberries and cucumbers.

The market runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday through Oct. 10, and also offers local entertainment as part of the weekly Lunchtime Live Music Series.

Morgan Caviness is an undergraduate student who just earned her associates degree at Onondaga Community College for Broadcast Media and Communications and plans to continue studying Broadcast and Mass Communication at SUNY Oswego where she is expected to graduate May of 2025. As a student contributor at WAER, Morgan helps produce digital radio stories.