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Celebrate Earth Week at the Cornell Farmers Market

On a breezy Thursday afternoon, I breathed in the brisk spring air as I took my routine walk across the Ag Quad to Trillium for lunch. With a hurried pace and pumping heart, I mentally prepared to re-enact the Hunger Games in order to secure a spot in the line for the burrito station and a highly coveted seat. Before I could reach Trillium, however, something peculiar stopped me in my tracks. Tucked in a corner of the Ag Quad were clusters of people bouncing between a row of small tents. I immediately recounted the dreamy, warm days of early September, spent having leisurely lunches with friends while sprawled across red checkered picnic blankets on the grassy quad. The Cornell Farmers Market was back for spring, and I could not have been happier.

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Experiencing Ithaca Farmers Market: The Ultimate Spring Season Guide

The produce is some of the best in the region, but what truly makes Ithaca Farmers Market shine is the abundance of incredible food vendors, each which feature deliciously unconventional cuisines from around the globe. Nearly all of the stalls advertise tasty vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options to satisfy every preference and diet. The vast array of choices is a welcomed sensory overload, so upon arrival, make your rounds through the pavilion to take it all in, snatching some free samples of local cheeses, fruits, honey, cured meats and pestos along the way.

Qijia Yu / Sun Staff Writer

Jackman’s Vineyard Tomato Tasting: A Myriad of Colors, Shapes and Flavors

Under the glowing yellow lights engulfed by the night drapes, visitors were enjoying wood oven broccoli pizza, freshly made dolsa and wine tastings from one of the local vineyards. But these foods were not what I had come for; I had come to do a little tomato tasting at stall 53, where Alex Jackman introduced passersby to more than 50 varieties of tomatoes grown at his farm.