A Year-Round Farmer's Market

By Kelly McCarthy

October 24, 2012 Updated Oct 24, 2012 at 10:46 AM EDT

Town of Dickinson, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Otsiningo Park will soon offer a place to buy fresh produce or seasonal items from local farmers year-round.

Broome County announces plans for a Southern Tier Regional Farmer's Market.

The plan is for it to be built in the area behind the volleyball courts and pavilion.

The building will would 36 vendors.

The pavilion, bathrooms and storage buildings will remain.

Construction for the enclosed structure will begin this coming January, with the expectation of having the Farmer's Market next spring.

"This farmer's market is a major step in a healthier and stronger Broome County, because agriculture is the backbone of our economy," said (R) Broome County Executive Debbie Preston.

"The market will be open as much as possible, I would say hopefully 6-7 days a week, 10-12 months a year," said (D) Broome County Legislator Stephen Herz.

"Farmer's markets provide the freshest items from the vine and often straight to the consumer, often times prices at the farmers markets, actually a lot of the times, are cheaper than in the grocery stores," said Preston.

Creation of the Southern Tier Regional Farmers Market will be funded by a $400,000 grant awarded to Broome County in 2011 by the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council.

A $100,000 grant from the Healthy Food/Healthy Community Program.

A $25,000 from the Broome County Farm Bureau for operational costs and up to $25,000 from the Broome County IDA through general funding.