Fresh Produce – Locally Grown
While taking a trip through the Finger Lakes you will come across all types of scenery: from the gorgeous lakes, scenic views and more. You will also notice a number of farms growing all sorts of produce – from corn to blueberries and everything in between. Often times the farmer will sell their goods at a local farm market or even let you pick your own. For a full listing of agriculture sites, visit the Agriculture page on FingerLakes.org.
The Windmill Farm & Craft Market is one of the biggest farmers markets in the region with around 200 shops selling their local goods. Located in Penn Yan, The Windmill is in the heart of the region and offers visitors the chance to get fresh produce as well as a number of other local treasures. The Windmill is open every Saturday from 8:00 – 4:30.
The Ithaca Farmers Market is another impressive farm market in the region. Featuring five locations throughout Ithaca, local crafts and goods are available. Open rain or shine through most of the year, over 100 vendors display their goods at the Ithaca Farmers Market.
Take a sip of the Finger Lakes!
Produce isn’t the only good grown and distributed locally. Many beverages, particularly adult beverages are made in the region for locals and visitors to enjoy. The most popular farm-based beverage in the Finger Lakes is wine but it doesn’t stop there; a number of spirits, ciders and beers are made in the region using locally sourced ingredients or even ingredients farmed on the same land they are produced in to their final product. Visit the Wineries & More page on FingerLakes.org for a full list of locations.
Black Button Distilling opened its doors early in 2014 and immediately started earning a reputation for producing great spirits produced from grain grown from a farm south of their distillery in Rochester, NY. All of their products are distilled, aged, bottled and labeled right in their Rochester location making Black Button Distilling a truly unique Finger Lakes product.
1911 produces award winning hard cider as well as gin and vodka on the Beak and Skiff Apple Orchards. These adult beverages make use of the top quality apples grown on their land to make top rated ciders and spirits. Located in LaFayette, you can find these adult beverages as well as other products grown and produced by Beak and Skiff Apple Orchards and 1911.
CB Craft brewers is a one of a kind brewery, distilling, distributing and selling their own product from their location in Honeoye Falls. With 26 beers on tap in their tasting room as well a tavern on the same property you are sure to find a brew catered to everyone’s taste.
Outdoor Fun with the Warmer Weather
It doesn’t matter when you visit the Finger Lakes, you will be able to find a way to enjoy the outdoors and the beautiful scenery that makes up the region but the warmer weather brings a whole new category of activities to the forefront in the region.
Now open for the 2016 season, the Roseland Wake Park is the first full sized cable wakeboard park in the Northeast. From beginners to seasoned wakeboarding veterans you can have a day of fun at the park in Canandaigua. One-on-one coaching as well as smaller practice cables allows beginners of all ages to get their feet wet before jumping onto the full sized cable.
Get into the air with the thrill of powerless flight at the National Soaring Museum. You can watch as gliders soar through the air on Harris Hill and learn about the history of soaring and the roll the Finger Lakes region has played in it at the National Soaring Museum.
With the warm weather comes racing season; check out the action at the 3/8 mile dirt oval, Weedsport Speedway. Racing lasts from May through October and features a number of classes and types of cars.