ITHACA, N.Y. (WENY) -- Saturday, April 1st launched the 50th anniversary of the Ithaca Farmers Market. The season began with spring temperatures and a packed crowd. 

“Today is our grand opening of our 50th anniversary season and we are really excited to be in the pavilion,” said Cassidy Graham, operations manager at the Ithaca Farmers Market.  

All of the vendors in attendance are from within 30 miles of Ithaca. The Southern Tier has a variety of vendors from farmers, artisans, local businesses, food, and community members who like to play melodies on their instruments.  

“I am selling my baked goods and empanadas. We have beef empanadas and cheese, shared Alejandro Parro of Tibetan Cooking, and Good Loaf.  

The market sees everyone from Cornell University and Ithaca College students to families and friends. Even individuals who are not local end up at steamboat landing. 

“Some of our vendors have reserved spots they will be here most days, but we have a call-in and call-out process. You can see who will be here on any given day,” said Graham.  

If you are a planner and want to know what vendors will be at the market each weekend, the Ithaca Farmers Market will have weekly details  

“On any given day you'll have a variety of hot food,” said Graham. “Food also includes kombucha and pickled things and alcohol.  You have many cider vendors. Plenty of artisans everything from jewelry to handcrafted leather good and pretty much anything you can grow in the Fingers lakes.” 

The opening day was packed with locals and people from far away. Additionally, the market runs every Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm and Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm.