Spring has sprung! It is my favorite time of the year with the grass coming back to life, the buds coming out on the trees and the daffodils in bloom. (We are not able to plant tulips since they are a favorite of the deer who eat everything, even the bulbs.)
One of the first signs of spring is the opening of the Windmill Farm and Craft Market. It is only open on Saturdays, Memorial Day, the 4th of July and Labor Day from 8AM – 4:30PM. It will close on the second Saturday in December. The Windmill is approximately 8 miles from the Pearl on Route 14A between Dundee and Penn Yan. It is a farm and craft market and, as one of our guests says “very similar to the state fair”. It was opened in 1989 by a group of local businessmen who, along with local Mennonites, decided that it was necessary in order to boost the economy and bring people into the area. It now hosts over 200 shops and attracts 8,000-10,000 people weekly. All the vendors are very unique, and juried to retain the quality of the items sold. They currently have 4 enclosed buildings and a Street of Outdoor Shops on both the north and south sides.
One of our favorite things to buy at the Windmill is produce. You can easily find local produce – lettuce, tomatoes, potatoes, peas, corn, squash, as well as strawberries, apples, grapes and melons when in season. Reasonably priced flowers and plants are abundant. And we never forget to buy the large pretzels, Mennonite and Amish breads, pies and cookies. We have bought sneakers, Birkenstock’s and Keen sandals, as well as cotton shirts and shorts, clothes for infants, towels and wash cloths. Also featured are Mennonite-crafted outdoor furniture, baskets and Corning replacement dishes.
I don’t think you will be disappointed in stopping at the Windmill. Just going and enjoying the different food vendors is a treat. For more information you can visit their website at the windmill.com.