As you may or may not have seen on Instagram, Ben recently moved to Ithaca to complete a one-year Tech MBA program at Cornell University. Ithaca is a beautiful city nestled in the rolling hills of upstate New York. The Finger Lakes region, as it’s known, is named for a series of 11 long, thin lakes across the region.
I finally had the opportunity to visit Ben last weekend, and I am officially in love with upstate New York! I hear the winters are rough, but the area is stunning during the summer! The landscape is so beautiful with the lakes, rolling hills, deep gorges, waterfalls, vineyards, forests, and more.
Ithaca Farmers Market
We spent the weekend exploring Ithaca and the surrounding areas. One of my favorite activities was visiting the Ithaca Farmer’s Market. The market is open year round with multiple locations. On Saturdays, you can find vendors at the Steamboat Landing right along the Cayuga Lake. Steamboats traveling down the lake used to dock here.
The Ithaca Farmers Marketfeatures local artisans, farmers, and businesses that sell literally everything. There are 150 vendors across the markets, all from within 30 miles of Ithaca. We found stalls that sold flowers, soaps, cream cheese, breakfast tacos, pastries, vegetables, jams, honey, meat, eggs, jewelry…the list could go on and on! There are even many stalls selling ready-to-eat ethnic food. It’s a perfect stop for breakfast or lunch on a Saturday morning.
We grabbed iced coffee and a GIANT cinnamon roll from the Backyard Bakeshop. Breakfast was so tasty that we went back for a strawberry rhubarb bar for later. 🙂
How to Get There
The Saturday farmers market is located at 545 Third Street. There’s easy parking if you’d like to drive and a very close bus stop. Ben likes to ride his bike to the market in the mornings. Or if you want a really fun option, rent a kayak! There’s probably several options if you do a quick google search, but Puddledockers is one that we saw.
We’ll have lots more to share from Ben’s year in New York! If you have recommendations of things we should do over the next year, we’d love to hear them!