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Flavors of Rochester and Tastings at the Market


Flavors of Rochester Series

Enjoy Flavors at the Market each Saturday from May through September, presented by the Democrat and Chronicle and Friends of the Rochester Public Market.    Each Saturday, guest chefs prepare and share the best of the Market bounty.  Stop by the Market office for free tastings and free recipes!  This year's Flavors included smoked meats, vegan fare, Somali favorites, and much more. 

Market Tastings with Margaret

On the third Saturday of each month starting in October you will find Margaret O'Neill in the Market Office from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. offering free healthy tastings!

The goal of Market Tastings with Margaret is to showcase fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables and help make people comfortable trying new foods. Many of us purchase and prepare the same foods that we grew up with. We see new and different fruits and vegetables at the Market, but hesitate to buy them because they are unfamiliar, and we don’t know what to do with them.

The recipes used at Market Tastings with Margaret showcase a wide variety of fresh, seasonal produce.  Margaret has three criteria for selecting the recipes. They must be (1) tasty - so that people enjoy them; (2) healthy; and (3) easy to prepare.  Free copies of the recipes are provided to shoppers; brochures compiling the entire years' recipes are available at the Market Office.  

 (Also--consider getting a Public Market cookbook!

Testing new recipes and demonstrating how to prepare them is great fun for Margaret. Growing up on a family farm, she learned to cook and bake from her mom (a home economist) and through ten years as a 4-H member.  Upon earning a degree in Home Economics Education, she taught for several years and then worked as an educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension, in both the 4-H Youth Development and Nutrition and Health programs.  After retiring from Extension, Margaret joined the Friends of the Rochester Public Market, and since 2008 has managed the Market Token Program and Market Tours, in addition to the Market Tastings with Margaret.


For more information

Call the Market Office at (585) 428-6907 or email us at pmarket@cityofrochester.gov.

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