Northside Farmers Market Opens

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Jul 15, 2009 at 11:20 PM EDT

A fresher option for food is back in Binghamton.

People on the North side are welcoming the annual farmers market.

As fresh produce is generally hard to find there.

Action News Reporter Rachael Hidalgo shows us around.

For a neighborhood without a local grocery store, the Northside Farmers Market is an event many look forward to.

"To get locally grown food is wonderful, and I'd much rather have this than what's been sitting on the shelves for awhile," says shopper Linda Moore.

The North side of Binghamton hasn't had a grocery store in 15 years.

To fill the void, Citizen Action of New york has been working with local farmers.

Helping to bring fresh fruits and vegetables every summer, the last three years.

"We try to make it interactive. We're gonna make different activities, people to come so it's not just you're coming to buy food, you're also gonna have some entertainment, gonna have you know some camaraderie with people in the neighborhood so it's gonna be good," says organizer Lea Webb.

To reach out to more people, this Farmer's Market even accepts WIC and EBT cards which are similar to food stamps.

Farmers are then reimbursed right there on the spot.

By buying fresh from local markets like Northside, you're not only helping the community, you're also helping the local farmers.

"It was kind of a beginning thing last year and I've seen quite a bit more traffic this year so I'm hoping that it'll continue that way," says Candy Sloma from Laughing Crow Farms.

And that traffic is expected to increase.

As a few more vendors are scheduled to arrive next week.

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