ITHACA — The Ithaca Farmers Market returns to Steamboat Landing this Saturday.

After a dreary winter, the farmers market is the perfect opportunity to get outside and connect with the community, market manager Aaron Munzer said. Visitors to Saturday’s market will find the usual spread of fresh produce, food, drinks, artisan wares and entertainment.

Munzer said when the market reopens it’s like a homecoming and sure sign that summer is on the way.

The market will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Steamboat Landing. It does not reopen on Sundays until May 7.

So far, the weather looks mild for Saturday with partly cloudy skies and a high temperature of 48 degrees.

Music is scheduled for almost every weekend in April and May. On Saturday, there will be music from Jane Doe. Other performances in April will include Yamatai Japanese Drumming and Cornell’s Big Red Marching Band.

This year, there are a few new vendors joining the market, including Mama Said Hand Pies, Lucky Hare Brewing, Yum Yum Korea, Waxing Moon Aromatics and the Hudson Cake Studio. There are also new farms joining the farmers market, including TBD Farms, Boo Radley’s Garden, Here We Are Farm and Birds Kog Farm.

Munzer said they are always accepting new vendors on a rolling applications basis.

The night market will also return this year after a really positive first year, Munzer said. The night market begins in June.

Munzer said he likes to think of the Ithaca Farmers Market as “Ithaca’s greatest park” (though it’s not technically a park) because it’s a great spot to picnic and hang out, it has a kayak launch dock and is part of the Cayuga Blueway Trail, and is accessible by the Cayuga Waterfront Trail.

In a poll hosted on the Ithaca Farmers Market Facebook page, people said they are most looking forward to “coming together as a community around fresh food, local art, and our beautiful lake!” Breakfast burritos was a close second.

Learn more about the market at www.ithacamarket.com.

Kelsey O'Connor

Kelsey O'Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at koconnor@ithacavoice.com and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor.