Here is a quick guide to finding slow food in the Rochester region in September. Note that while much slow food is local, and much local food is slow, they are not equivalent. A cabbage produced by a large-scale commercial farmer using conventional techniques with pesticides and chemical fertilizers may be local, but it is not Slow Food! And locally-roasted shade-grown coffee from an organic small family farm in Central America may be Slow but is only partially local. What follows here is a guide to Slow Food that is also local to the greater Rochester FoodShed. This is a work in progress and based on actual sitings at the markets I go to. If you see other sources of local items, please contact us and we'll add it to this list!

The main sources of local food are grocery stores, especially Abundance and Lori's, and the farmers markets which are listed here. There are also some smaller stores that carry local items, including
Red Bird Market in Fairport,
Pittsford Dairy in Pittsford,
R's Market in Brighton,
Little Blue Cheese Shop in the South Wedge,
and others to be added soon.
There are also many farm stands in the area, but we haven't attempted to catalog them yet! Please send us information on sources we have missed.
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Local Food Ideas in the Fall

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Vegetables
September has an abundance of fresh local vegetables!
Beets, roots and greens
Most Farmer's markets, Abundance, Lori's
Cabbage, green, red, savoy
Most Farmer's markets, Abundance, Lori's
Collards greens, Kale
Most Farmer's markets, Abundance, Lori's
Leeks, Onions and Shallots
Most Farmer's markets, Abundance, Lori's
Lettuce, various kinds
Most Farmer's markets, Abundance, Lori's
Microgreens
Abundance, Lori's
Peppers, hot and sweet
Most Farmer's markets, Abundance, Lori's
Potatoes, white and red
Most Farmer's markets, Abundance, Lori's
Summer squash, all kinds
Most Farmer's markets, Abundance, Lori's
Sweet Corn
Monroe, Brighton.
Tomatoes, hierloom and others
Most Farmer's markets, Abundance, Lori's
Watercress, Wheatgrass
Abundance
Cheeses by style
Most cheeses are available all year round in the Rochester area. The best source is The Little Blue Cheese Shop with an extensive collection of local and artisan cheeses. Here are a sampling of what you can find
Hard Cow's cheeses (e.g., cheddar, gouda, ...)
Little Blue Cheese Shop, Abundance, Lori's, Brighton, South Wedge, Rochester Public, Red Bird Market, Wegman's East Ave (and maybe others)
Cheese Curds
Abundance, and from First Light Creamery at Brighton, Irondequit, Fairport, and South Wedge
Feta (goat)
Little Blue Cheese Shop, Abundance, Brighton, Red Bird Market
Chevre (goat)
Little Blue Cheese Shop, Abundance, Lori's, Brighton, South Wedge, Red Bird Market, Max Market
Fruits
September is a great time for fruits. Many conventionally farmed fruits are heavily sprayed with pesticides, however, so try to buy organic, or ask the farmers how much they had to spray this year.
Apples
Most everywhere
Melons
Abundance
Peaches, Plums
Abundance
Raspberries, Elderberries,. Blueberries
Brighton
Pears
Brighton
Meats
There are a wide variety of meats available all year round
Beef, mostly grass fed
Abundance, Lori's, Brighton, South Wedge, Rochester Market
Bison
Abundance, Lori's
Chicken
Brighton, South Wedge, Rochester Public
Lamb
Brighton, South Wedge
Pork, meats and sausages
Brighton, Rochester Public market
Other Local foods
Grains, oils and other items you might not think you can get
Dry beans, pinto, back, red chili, navy
Abundance, in bulk foods
Bread
Brighton, South Wedge: Small World Bakery makes bread out of locally grown grains. Bread from non-local grains can be found fairly easily, including at Flour City Bread Company.
Corn meal and polenta
Abundance, in bulk foods
Flours from local grains, various kinds
Small World at Brighton and South Wedge markets; Abundance, in bulk foods
Honey
Brighton, South Wedge, Fairport, Chili, Victor, Canandaigua markets, Loris, Red Bird Market
Maple Syrup
Abundance, Brighton, Red Bird Market
Nut Butters
Abundance, Loris, Red Bird Market. Note: Most nuts can't be grown locally so this nuts are generally not local.
Oil, organic sunflower
Brighton, South Wedge: Small World sells oils grown in Cazenovia, NY
Pasta and pasta sauces
Ravioli Shop, Red Bird Market, Pittsford Dairy, Flour City Pasta (note: while pasta is locally made, few use local grains)
Shiitaki and occasionally other local mushrooms
Abundance, Lori's
Suaerkraut, Kimchi, pickled vegetables, etc.
Small World Bakery at Brighton & South Wedge markets, made from locally grown veggies.
Tofu and tufo products
Abundance, Lori's, Red Bird Market. (SoyBoy is a local company (Chili) and purchases its soy beans as locally as possible)
Beverages
At this time of year there is an abundance of fruit juices, and of course, there's always wine and beer
Various Fruit Juices, non organic
Red Jacket Orchards, Brighton Market, Max market, Abundance, Lori's
Grape Juice, organic
Small World Bakery at Brighton & South Wedge markets, from Glendale Farms (Burdett, NY). available in bulk as well for wine making, etc.
Apple Cider
Brighton, Rochester Public