Buying farm fresh in downtown Binghamton

By Jillian Marshall

June 7, 2013 Updated Jun 7, 2013 at 6:35 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Farmers don't stop taking care of their crops in the rain, and on Friday they didn't let a little rain stop the first farmer's market in downtown Binghamton.

The Downtown Binghamton Farmers Market kicked off their season Friday morning on Collier Street between Hawley and Court streets.

Shoppers found fresh produce, freshly baked breads and pastries and freshly dried herbs.

The vendors say it's important to buy locally for the community and personal health.

"You know where your food is coming from, how it's raised. A lot of times with markets, they pick really early in the morning so they know that it's really fresh," said market manager Abigail Stevens.

One local farmer sells at markets five times a week, two of those days are spent at the downtown Binghamton market.

"People like to buy from farmers, they're getting more into it and less into grocery stores," Russell Shoultes, of Owego, said.

The Downtown Binghamton Market is held every Tuesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. until September.

Friday, June 14 will start the Brown Bag Lunch music series.

Vendors accept EBT cards and SNAP benefits.

There is free parking in the Collier Street Garage for market shoppers.