Chamber Gears Up for Oswego Farmers’ Market Opening

OSWEGO NY – The Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for another summer of the Oswego Farmers’ Market which is set to open on May 22 at 4:30 p.m. along West First Street in Oswego.

There will be “noticeable changes” to the market for this summer, said Nate Emmons, interim executive director of the chamber.

Emmons cites that the chamber is looking for ways to improve the market and make it much more focused on the community and the vendors that are present.

“The market is the center piece of Thursday nights in Oswego. We are working hard to improve the market to attract more community participation, buying from the vendors at the market and enhancements in nutritional education offerings,” he said.

Changes to the market for the summer will include the addition of a new food vendor, educational programs/information from the Food Bank of CNY and the Children’s Museum of Oswego on nutrition and buying produce at the market and changes to the entertainment format of the market.

“The market will have much more of a community focus when it comes to entertainment. We have moved away from having paid, professional bands at the market, and now are working on bringing in community groups to perform,” Emmons said.

The market is actively booking school age groups from the Oswego City School District, children’s groups, private dance companies, martial arts groups, performing arts groups and others from the city to perform at the market.

In addition, the market will feature a regular “open mic” style of entertainment.

The chamber is also collaborating with Harborfest to help kick off the “Oswego’s Got Talent” competition taking place at Harborfest in July.

“During the month of July, the market stage will host, through a collaboration with Harborfest, a variety of performers that are looking to win the ‘Oswego’s Got Talent’ competition during Harborfest weekend. The market will be the first stop for the talent competition and we are so excited to be partners with Harborfest in this event,” Emmons said.

Details on the talent show are forthcoming, but Emmons said that Harborfest will be at the market throughout the month of June promoting the event and will be running the talent show at the market in July.