Food usually reaches consumers through markets. Markets are places of exchange where farmers or retailers sell food to consumers. Markets purchase food from producers, distributors, and processors and sell it to the end consumer. They take many different forms including farmers markets, bodegas, grocery stores or supermarkets, convenience stores and gas stations, institutions, and restaurants. Price, quality, and availability vary greatly within the market sector. Food markets must balance seasonal local products and the global food economy with affordability and customer demand when choosing where to source products.

Selling Food in CNY

Food markets can be found in almost any city neighborhood and any rural town. Markets cater to tastes of many different ethnic backgrounds, like the Italian, Indian, and Korean grocery stores and Polish, Vietnamese, and Pakistani restaurants all located in and around Syracuse. The Central New York Regional Market in Syracuse, NY is an example of a large urban farmers market that offers a wide range of local and imported products and plays a significant role in the economic viability of local farms. Today, many traditional food markets and grocery stores have abandoned urban neighborhoods and rural towns as the industry undergoes consolidation.

At one point 50% of all food in CNY came through [the Central New York Regional Market]. But times have changed.

Food Market Manager, Syracuse, NY