By Callie Kozak, CCS student
The beloved Clinton Farmers Market is returning for the 2022 summer season, and celebrating 25 years in operation.
New vendors, dropped Covid restrictions, and an overall Clintonian excitement, creates a promising outlook for this year.
The 2022 Clinton Farmers Market season is expected to be close to “normal”, differing from 2020 and 2021. Covid restrictions meant the last two years with masks, social distancing, hand washing stations, and an entrance and exit for the open Village Green.
This year, restrictions have been lifted.
Two new notable offerings at the market include the Winter Thorne Farm and Really Good Pie.
Winter Thorne Farms originated in Eaton and will be selling produce and baked goods.
Really Good Pie, based in Canastota, will be selling their pies. Getting to the market early is crucial to buying a pie from Really Good Pie.
Additionally, this year’s Farmers Market will be able to host entertainment in the gazebo. The Clinton Central School jazz band, Chamber orchestra, and choir will present their talents this summer. The Kirkland Town Library will also host storytime and a youth market.
The Clinton Farmers Market will continue to provide the SNAP and FreshConnect programs. Families with a SNAP card are welcome to come to the Clinton Chamber of Commerce tent at the market to exchange benefits for wooden tokens, redeemable on produce, dairy, and eggs from participating vendors.
Also, through the FreshConnect program, families can receive an additional $2 coupon for every five tokens received.
The Power of Produce, or POP, Kid’s Club, sponsored by a Community Health Award from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, allows shoppers ages 5 to 12 to receive two $1 wooden tokens to spend on…