A NEW GUIDE TO BALANCING MOBILITY AND HUMANITY ON MAIN STREET
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Please note that these Hall of Shame nominations were written in a moment in time (most over a decade ago) and likely have since changed or even been transformed. If the above entry is now great, or still not so great, go ahead and comment below on how it has evolved or nominate it as a great place.

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Ithaca Farmers Market

Ithaca

NY

USA

Contributed by 
Heather Weber
Project for Public Spaces
 on 
February 19, 2002
December 14, 2017

A fantastic community gathering place on the city's waterfront, where you can shop, eat, or just visit.

What makes it Great?

Why it doesn't work?

The Ithaca Farmers Market has a permanent home on the waterfront of Cayuga Lake. The site includes a large covered pavilion that snakes along the inlet, a picnic area, docking facilities and extensive parking. The market features fresh, locally-grown produce, as well as plants, specialty baked goods, meats and cheeses, wine, condiments, ready-to-eat delectables and a wide assortment of art, crafts, clothing and furniture. All products are made or grown within a 30-mile radius. Open Saturday 9am-2pm (April-December), Sunday 10am-2pm (Mid June--October).

Access & Linkages

The Ithaca Farmers Market is accessible by foot, car, boat or bike. Soon a new waterfront trail will connect the market to other attractions throughout the whole southern tip of Cayuga Lake as well. People within the community use the space to shop or just socialize, and visitors travel from outside the area because of the great selection and feel of the community representation. Plenty of parking is available, as well as docking facilities for boaters.

Comfort & Image

The market's calming presence takes over as you walk through ivy- and flower-covered trellises that separate the parking lot from market stands. Seating is available on hand-carved benches at the waterfront, or grass embankments for afternoon lounging while watching Cornell University Crew matches. Everyone does their part with clean-up, from litter to messes made by pets (which are welcome).

Uses & Activities

The inviting space of the Farmers Market is used a large portion of the year, and draws crowds on colder winter weekends as well as warm July weekends. Individuality is certainly represented in full at the Farmers Market through art, music, food, and many other mediums, just as it is always fully represented throughout all of Ithaca.

Sociability

People feel comfortable to travel to the Farmers Market with a group of friends, or to go it alone and meet a group of new friends. The atmosphere is very inviting, laid back and relaxing.

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History & Background

The Ithaca Farmers Market was established in 1973.

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*Please note that these Hall of Shame nominations were written in a moment in time (most over a decade ago) and likely have since changed or even been transformed. If the above entry is now great, or still not so great, go ahead and comment below on how it has evolved or nominate it as a great place.

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