CORNING - The always popular Corning Farmers Market opened for the season Thursday in Riverfront Centennial Park with only some minor changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Customers who have enjoyed searching through the variety of fresh local fruits and vegetables, flowers, local wine, baked goods and handmade crafts from the Finger Lakes region needed to wear protective face masks and the vendors were placed slightly further away from each other than in past years.


“It’s really important as we start to reopen across the country and here in Corning that people have the opportunity to do and enjoy the things they love,” said Coleen Fabrizi, executive director of the Gaffer District. “Our farmers market is a very beloved part of our downtown in the summer months.”


Fabrizi said officials at the Farmers Market are providing information to customers to help them understand the need to keep a social distance of six feet apart from others and wear a protective face mask so the community can continue to move forward through the COVID-19 reopening stages.


“We will remind people that it is very important, according to state rules, that they do wear a mask,” Fabrizi said. “It is a tough and awkward situation to be in, but we really want to be able to continue this farmers market, so we ask our customers to just comply with that state requirement and wear their mask.”


Fabrizi said she hopes customers feel they are back to experiencing some of the things that they enjoyed pre-pandemic.


“Even though the masks are a little sticky, it's a small price to pay to be out and enjoying this beautiful downtown and our wonderful Farmers Market,” Fabrizi said.


The Corning Farmers Market is open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. each Thursday through October.