UTICA, N.Y. – The United State Department of Agriculture has awarded the Oneida County Public Market a grant to improve the event.
The Farmers Market Promotion Program grant will allow organizers to expand market schedules, activities, special events and music to the market, using just under $250,000 over a three-year period.
“The Market's been ready to grow to the next level for a while now. We're going to be able to offer new things. We're going to have more feet on the ground to help make the market a better experience for the customer. We're going to have things like new picnic tables and shopping carts, and people that will be greeting people at the points of entry,” said Beth Irons, market manager.
Irons hopes the enhancements bring more farmers and vendors to the market, which takes place on Saturdays at Utica’s Union Station.