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Christmas at Oneida County Public Market has big city feel

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Those who attended Saturday's 'Christmas at the Public Market' in Utica said when they walked in, it felt like they lived in a big city.

Debra Richardson of Utica says she thinks this will catch on for years. She said, "this is just a dream location, every city would be jealous of having a location like this, so we are so fortunate."

Jim Manning is the farm business management educator at the Cornell Cooperative Extension which is overseeing the Public Market for Oneida County. Manning says his agency is getting approached by new vendors every week, some of which were on hand on Saturday.

Manning said, "We were very happy to have some new people doing cheese, and butter and goats milk soaps and things like that."

Stephanie Lipsey sells pork, lamb and beef at the Public Market. She owns Drover Hill Farm in Earlville. Lipsey said, "It's been a wonderful day today at the market, lots of people out shopping for the holiday meals and wanting to support local."

The Camden High School String Ensemble entertained the crowd with Christmas favorites.

During the winter months, the Public Market will only be open once a month. It will return in January.

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