Shop Like an Urban Local: Farmer’s Market Tips You Don’t Know … Yet.

{ What are your Saturday plans?! Check out your local Public Market + come back with a haul like this. Shout out to Heather Saffer + her frosting empire, better known as Dollop Frosting! }

FARMER’S MARKETS

The Rochester. Public. Market.

AND EVERYTHING YOU DON’T KNOW.

I think by now — in this age of Farm-to-Table, Save Money, + Organic/Local Eating — we all know:

It’s the whole: haggle, baggle { bring your own tote }, shop around, find a tomato-guy spiel. Done + done. So whether you’re an O.G. of the underground or a Late Bloomer, I’m going to share some tips you might not know.

The pay-off?
Guaranteed, you will have more fun + find more value.
You will become 1 with the experience of your local Public and/or Farmer’s Market
.

Last Saturday, I walked to the Rochester Public Market. I bought over 1 lb of locally raised ground beef, 1 dozen locally raised free range eggs, 5 lemons, 1 bunch of kale, 1 pint of cherries, 4 sweet potatoes, 1 eggplant, + I had a free tasting of locally made O’Begley’s whiskey … all for $23. Best part? I made friends + had an adventure doing it. Here’s how:

  1. Off the Beaten Path. Take the Road Less Traveled. Urban living, or not, chances are most of us live within walking distance to our local farmer’s markets. If so, don’t just walk — Explore.
    • Live a Little. I live in the NOTA section of Rochester, which means I’m probably .5 miles away from at least 5 ways to get to the Rochester Public Market. Taking the straight-and-narrow is just too damn bland.
    • Free Stuff. Last Saturday, I discovered 2 different Little Free Libraries on 2 different side streets. I even took a book!
    • Pretty Sites. I also imbibed the sites of quirky houses, colorful gardens, + cute cobblestone paths.
  2. Don’t be a Wallflower. Be Part of the Community. At the Public Market, you are family. Shoppers, farmers, sellers, buyers: it’s one big family festival of sights + sounds, tastes + smells.
    • Step Out. Crowds can overwhelm me, so last Saturday I was very guarded at first. Which is just fine! But so many cool things happened once I opened my face to the sun.
    • Talk to Strangers. I complimented a young lady on her gorgeous locks. As I walked away, she shouted to back to compliment my crazy curls! We both felt thrilled. Right after, another passerby chimed-in — That was really nice! — when she saw me pick up a stray piece of litter that swooped in front of my feet. Talk about friendly.
    • Support our Troops + Community. On the way out, I met a Vet who was giving away paper Poppy’s in request for a donation. He was sweet, funny, + he served our country. What can be more fulfilling than that?
  3. Be Curious, Not Cheap. You Don’t Always Have to HaggleThat is right. You don’t. Especially if you don’t feel comfortable, and especially if prices are already super low. Instead …
    • No Middle Man. Ask questions. Did you know that the woman who supplies all of Wegmans with their eggs has a stand at the Public Market?? Yup. She and her 700,000 { ! } chickens sell lots of eggs, including free-range, for near-half the price you’d find at the super market.
    • Local Meat. Same story for local meat from local farms. After asking some questions on quality, locality, and prices from the people at Heiden Valley Farms, I left with 1 fresh package of never-frozen, locally raised 80/20 ground beef. At these prices, it should be the only type of meat I eat. { Life goals. }
    • Seasonal Produce. Not every single last fruit + veg at your local public/farmer’s market will be from your surrounding area. And that’s okay! But, if you ask the right questions — you’ll discover that this California Kale will soon { 1 month } be replaced by locally grown NYS kale that was recently planted.
  4. Enjoy Yourself. Make Grocery Shopping Fun. The Rochester Public Market can do this. And yours can too. In fact, most public markets are more like festivals than they are chores. That’s because:
    • Brunch. You can grab gourmet, fresh coffee along with breakfast sandwiches and other brunch dishes for quick + for cheap.
    • Dine Solo. It’s super easy to still have a meal and some downtime, even when you are alone. Last Saturday, I grabbed a latte + a chair so I could sit + read before beginning my shopping spree.
    • Free Tastings. If your market is anything like ours’ here in Rochester, there’s going to be wine + liquor, and it’s going to be free. This past Saturday I tasted O’Begley’s locally made Poitin + Whiskey for the 1st time. It was great. And it was cool to learn about the product from the distiller, himself!

If you’re going to Shop Local, might as well do it like a Local. Which means laying down roots, having fun even if there’s no sun, falling in love with your City and Community, + saving a ton of green.

#RochesterPublicMarket.

#shoplocal.

Shop Local. Julie Rodda + Blue Honey Jewelry.

Julie Rodda is a #ShopLocalivore with a seriously stylish twist. Creator of Blue Honey Jewelry + Candles, Rodda sells her wares in various shops, mostly throughout Rochester and Webster—she also hosts an Etsy account–and buys mostly made in the USA materials. Oh and weeknights, you can find Rodda serving at Bacco’s Ristorante, a unique, cozy, and authentic local eatery on Park Ave in the heart of a burgeoning #ShopLocal district. This born + raised Webster native embodies #ShopLocal.

I first met Julie in the throes of Park Ave Fest. Her steam punk designed glass bottle necklace caught a glint in my eye, and when I found out she’d designed and crafted it locally, I knew I had to know more. Artfully made with a distinct style that hooks-up funk + chic, Rodda vends her jewelry in a myriad of local shops, including Chartreuse Studios right across from Bacco’s. Chartreuse, an art studio and salon that has garnered respectful media coverage, sits conveniently close to Magnolia’s on Park near the Oxford-Park intersection. When I met with Julie a second time, a few weekends ago at Spot, she clued me into her other hot spots + local tastes. Here’s the run down:

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Blue Honey Jewelry and Candles has class. Julie brought me gifts. {Unnecessary. So appreciated.} And packaged them adorably adoringly. Classic Julie Rodda.

Where Julie’s Been – From FIT to Crafter

With a flare for fashion, Julie was originally headed toward the Fashion Institute of Technology. During high school, she partook in the Fashion Merchandizing/Modeling program at BOCES and gained hands-on experience by meeting with designers in New York City. As Rodda evolved, she channeled this creative energy into crafting. A passion that has, quite literally, saved Julie’s life.

What Julie Does – ShopLocalivore

I call Julie a #ShopLocalivore because, truly, she is a full consumer of the #ShopLocal #BuyLocal … #CraftLocal movement! As frequently as she can, Rodda supports other local markets and artists throughout her daily life. From flowers and produce at the Public Market, to working for 3 different local employers (!) Rodda explains that she loves to keep her money local. Aside from shopping, working, and selling in the city, Rodda also extends #ShopLocal to her local town of Webster.

These are Some of Julie’s Favorite #ShopLocal Spots:

Rochester

Shop Peppermint

Magnolia’s

Dichotomy

Public Market

Parkleigh

Chocolate & Vines

Webster

Webster Gourmet

Berry’s Irish Old School Pub

Proietti’s

Canandaigua

F. Oliver’s

 Blue Honey Jewelry + Candles – #ShopLocal

Julie’s crafting began 5 years ago when her unique jewelry style garnered outside attention. First she began filling random orders, which then blossomed into local crafts shows in Webster. Currently, Julie sells Blue Honey in several venues. {See Below.} Julie describes her jewelry as having a distinct tone and, from youngerstyles to older, having something for everyone. While I cannot begin to do justice to Julie’s Blue Honey Jewelry with words, I will attempt to explain some of the unique features that adds allure to Blue Honey’s charm.

Jewelry

Steam Punk – This is why Julie + I met. The miniature cogs + bobs in an equally as miniature glass jar that lent femininity and character to an industrial edge. As you may recall, I love this necklace so much that my brother’s girlfriend loved it more and so I gave it to her. With gracious generosity, Julie custom created me a brand new one just for our meeting.

Sugar Skull – That is what these are called! The Day of the Dead inspired, Mexican themed skulls with roses that come in a rainbow of colors. Rodda truly embodies mixed media with pieces like these that cross cultures and decades. A feather to a skull barrette hits not only perfectly with the 1920’s fashions steaming rolling through, but also with a nod to that old and the new to fit every custom style. (Eeeee! Check this one out.)

Vintage – If anything, Blue Honey Jewelry can be described a vintage. Using as many vintage pieces as possible, like in her signature button bracelets which often have pin-up girl flare, Rodda modernizes the most classic of mediums and themes.

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Vintage bracelet + Custom packaging. Julie had a gift to drop off for a custom order.

Candles

Soy Candles – The penultimate in chic and environmentally friendly. And ’tis the season. At this time, around fall + certainly right before Christmas, Rodda embarks upon the oft arduous task of creating delicious scented soy candles. Self-taught {she explained some of the process, and believe me it is complicated!}, Julie has sought out the premier vendors so she can obtain the same scents distributed by the likes of Yankee Candle and Bath + Body Works. I cannot wait for these soy creations to emerge. And when they do, you will probably know. But do not wait for me! Keep an eye out for yourselves!!

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Julie gifted me soy candles!!! Also, just note how pretty everything is.

 

Where You Can Find Julie + Blue Honey

Etsy – Online

Chartreuse Studios – Rochester

First Friday – Citywide Gallery

Funky Flea Market – Dinosaur BBQ

Various other shops around Webster

Julie’s Ultimate Goal??

To have her work, her art, support her so that she can further support her local shops.

From Julie, I’ve learned so much. I’ve learned what it means to eat, breathe, + sleep #ShopLocal and to do it artfully. Julie loves what she does, and she makes it work in the most meaningful of ways. I want to do this. I want to be a #ShopLocalivore so that my art fuels me.

Thanks for the #ShopLocal love Julie!! Cannot wait to find your wares around Rochester.

XO.

Shop Local. Eat Local. Adventures at the Rochester Public Market.

Bib.
The prettiest.
{And tastiest.}

This needs to become regular, and I need to become a regular. Every Saturday morning. Or afternoon. Produce, flowers, cafe, wine, sites, sounds, smells: I want The Rochester Public Market to be my routine. Literally steps from my doorstep and streets from everywhere else. It is the #ShopLocal, #EatLocal culinary epicenter of Rochester, NY. And I haven’t even touched on Rohrbach’s Brewery Railroad Street.

Game Bird White.
Table Wine.

Saturday, I finally went. My first time this summer–official summer–and I got to stroll. Rochester, New York’s Public Market has national acclaim and if you’ve ever lived in Rochester, or have ever moved away, you know why. We got charm. We got variety. We got quality. We got Finger Lakes Wine tastings. We got class.

This past Saturday, The Market was extraordinary. Amidst the mist of drizzle and blooming sunshine, mothers, singles, teens, strollers, bargain browsers, chefs, and hipsters of all ages wound around and through the equally as multifarious fare.  And that’s not even what makes our Rochester, NY Public Market sing. It’s the stories. The one-liners. The characters. Our people.

Snapdragons safely on my bedside stand.
Beautiful & fresh.

 

As I burnished snapdragons from Ziembiec’s Wholesale Florist throughout makeshift aisles and barely-there pathways (always buy flowers last, PS) one couple chimed in with expert/amateur advice. Put Clorox in the water, she shouted. Or vodka! the jovial husband quipped. I laughed, and like a turn of the wave, the couple folded back through the crowd. Or, rather, the crowd wrapped over and through them.

Pretty in the Kitchen.
{Fresh + Floral.}

Barricaded, I braced myself against the Heron Hill Finger Lakes wine stand. Is it the red or the white you like? Sweet or not too much. A collapsible table transformed from the fate of an insipid info-booth

Stands Alone.
Or as a Summer Spritzer.

or forgotten lemonade stand, supported every last one of my anticipations. Four samples & 1 bottle purchased, I still couldn’t believe that our Public Market has had the liquor license, 21+ years, to vend during market hours. Take that grocery stores.

Yes. I wanted it.
See you again next week lemonade stand.

My favorite has to be Edward. The tri-ventricular deformed lemon that can only be shaped like a Vampire’s heart, or the empty space where one might have once beat. Whatchya’ going to do with that??? I pointed after purchasing 3 waxy beauts for just $1. …Want it??? The farmer didn’t miss her beat.
Before bidding adieu, I had to stop at Paula’s. Formerly on Culver Rd, store front still furnished & apparently reopening this November {these are the tids you learn while shopping & socializing at The Market}. Paula’s is one of the most authentic Mexican cuisines I have ever. To learn of their resurgence as a food truck at Saturday’s Public Market, may as well have been the resurrection of Christ. Let alone to learn news regarding this November. You have to stop there. Even if just for a baby burrito that you save until later. Tastes good then, too.

Baby Burrito from Paula’s.
{Stays delicious.}

 

Here’s to
making it
this
Saturday.
#ShopLocal.

 

Farm Fresh Cucumbers.
Tastes like summer.

#EatLocal.
Rochester Public Market.