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Green Getaways in Central New York

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Green means GO … to your nearest environmentally friendly attraction in the Central New York Region! Agritourism is a booming business and you and your family should hop on board!

You can find so many farmers’ markets in the Central New York Region that you could stock up your pantry for a year in one weekend trip. In the Binghamton area, visit the Binghamton Farmers’ Market on Collier Street, Otsiningo Park Farmers’ Markets on Saturdays or Apple Hills year round.

Since you’re already in Binghamton, go say “Hi” to all the flowers (your breath helps them grow, you know) at the Cutler Botanic Gardens, located on Upper Front Street. Spend your morning at the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market, located at Pioneer Alley (just off Main Street), open Saturdays and Oneonta Farmers’ Market, located at the Main Street Plaza, open Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Chenango County also boasts some great farmers’ markets like their open-air market located in the heart of downtown Norwich since 1933. Locally grown produce, plants, herbs and flowers; home-baked goods, jams and other food products, such as eggs, honey, maple syrup, cider, pastured poultry, meat products and handicrafts. While you’re in town, stop by the Bainbridge Open-Air Market and Oxford Farmers’ Market on Saturday.

Montgomery County is fortunate to have two popular biking destinations, the Canalway Trail and Route 5. Both routes have convenient stops along the way for food, restrooms, shopping, attractions and lodging, to name a few.

This area is part of the Mohawk-Hudson Bikeway section of the Canalway Trail along the Erie Canal and Mohawk River. The trail spans from St. Johnsville to Amsterdam with part of the trail paved and the other part stone dust. Hiking, bicycling, in-line skating and cross-country skiing are allowed.

Karen’s Ice Cream and Produce and Pines Farm Stand are accessible from the Canalway Trail in Fort Hunter. Both located on Route 5S are popular spots for seasonal produce and goods, open April through October.

Tired yet? Need to give those legs a break? Here is a list of lodging available near the Canalway Trail: A White Rose Bed and Breakfast, Amsterdam Castleand Pineapple House.