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Agriculture is the No. 1 business in New York, and summer is a season of plenty. The fresh-air farmers markets hold the proof: They bring farmers to town to sell just-picked fruits and vegetables, dairy and meat products, flowers and locally made bread, pastries, honey, soaps and other items.
Most are open from May or June until October or November (except the Rochester Public Market, which is open all year). Even if you have a favorite, venture out. Visiting area markets is a great way to explore the small towns and suburban communities around Rochester.
Tuesday: Pittsford Farmers Market, 3750 Monroe Ave., 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Rochester Public Market, 280 N. Union St., 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wednesday: Foodlink Farmers Market, Washington Square Park at South Clinton Avenue and Court Street, Rochester, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Monroe Village Farmers Market, Blessed Sacrament Church parking lot, 730 Monroe Ave., Rochester, 4 to 7 p.m.; Victor Farmers Market, Village Hall parking lot, 60 E. Main St., 3 to 7 p.m.
Thursday: Irondequoit Farmers Market, Town Hall, 1280 Titus Ave., 4 to 8 p.m.; Rochester Public Market, 280 N. Union St., 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.; South Wedge Farmers Market, Boulder Coffee Co. parking lot, 100 Alexander St., Rochester, 4 to 8 p.m.
Friday: Main Street Farmers Market, Sibley Center, Rochester, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday: Chili Farmers Market, Chili-Paul Village Plaza, Chili Avenue, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Fairport Farmers' Market, Bank of America parking lot, 58 S. Main, 7 a.m. to noon; Pittsford Farmers Market, 3750 Monroe Ave., 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Rochester Public Market, 280 N. Union St., 5 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Webster Farmers Market, village parking lot, 8 a.m. to noon.
Sunday: Brighton Farmers Market, high school parking lot, 1150 S. Winton Road, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Brockport Farmers Market, Market Street, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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