After a very busy Saturday this past weekend, I decided to spend Sunday relaxing while shopping. Whenever possible, I shop local and it doesn’t get much more local than the farmers market at Chamberlain Acres.
The Chamberlain Acres nursery and garden center is located at 824 Broadway St. Elmira, NY. When you arrive you will see a large Victorian home. Trust me and follow the driveway leading behind the home. As you make the turn you will see a beautiful flower nursery expanding in front of you.
The market runs every Sunday, year round. You will find it located inside a greenhouse in the middle of the three acre flower garden. The setting is beautiful and very tranquil giving you a relaxed setting to stroll around and check out locally made goods. When the weather takes an unpleasant turn you will stay warm and dry inside this large greenhouse full of vendors.
This past Sunday I found handmade scarves and hats, hand painted holiday decorations and lots of beautiful mums perfect for fall decorating.
I had a very interesting conversation with Amy from SteAmy Farms LLC. Amy and her husband Steve produce honey in Woodhull, NY. She was very informative about all the health benefits of honey. I tasted several flavors, which were all yummy, while she told me honey can also be used as a face cleaner or to heal cuts. I never knew that! She is a fountain of information. Be sure to stop by and chat with her.
As I made my way around I came to the booth for Seneca Sunrise Coffee. They have a large variety of coffee infused items such as Coffee Infused Maple Syrup. If you are a coffee fanatic you need to check them out.
While I was there I saw several people making their own hand-painted pottery. Artist Colleen McCall will direct you in the technique to paint your own plate or bowl. You can free hand your own design or use a pattern to trace on the clay and then color it in. The completed ones are beautiful!
I was told the vendors do change from time to time so you will want to go back for a few visits to make sure you see all this area has to offer. There is amazing talent right here in our own backyard. For more information visit their website at http://www.chamberlainacres.com.
If you are looking for a true, locally made experience you need to take a drive to the Chamberlain Acres Farmers Market. With the fall foliage really starting to pop you can take a beautiful drive down 352 along the Chemung River to get there. Remember to keep you eyes open for a bald eagle. They have been spotted in the Big Flats and Elmira area around the river.
Thanks for exploring with me – Shelly