Pumpkins were among the items available at the downtown Binghamton Farmers Market on October 14, 2016. [Bob Joseph/WNBF News][/caption]

The farmers market in downtown Binghamton will continue to operate on Fridays through the end of the month.

The market on Collier Street has struggled this year with fewer vendors and customers than usual.

David and Manya DeLeon of Kaiser's Farm in Susquehanna said their business has been the only vendor at the site.

The DeLeons said they've made the 30-minute trip to downtown Binghamton to sell fruits and vegetables at the market for decades.

They said a few other vendors had participated earlier this season. They recalled that in some past years as many as fifteen vendors sold a wide range of items at the market.

Eric Denk, who coordinates the market for the downtown Binghamton Business Association, said he doesn't know whether the market will operate next year.

Denk said he believes the downtown market may have been affected by the opening of the Southern Tier Regional Farmers Market. That market in the Town of Dickinson began operations in late June. He said some people may have forgotten that the smaller farmers markets in Broome County still exist.

Denk also said the demolition work on the old Collier Street parking garage may have had an effect on participation in the downtown market.


Manya and David DeLeon have been selling produce at the downtown Binghamton market for years. [Bob Joseph/WNBF News][/caption]

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