LFW Day 3–Where in the WORLD can I find local food in Rochester?

Since it started snowing yesterday and temperatures have dropped like a stone in a pond, I thought it was time to write about where in the world we are supposed to get local food in this city. Rochester is a lovely place but it can be quite difficult to find local food during the winter. Luckily, I have a few ideas.

Our own dining center


Yes, that’s right. You can get local food right here at U of R in ten of our dining centers. Almost 40% of the food served on campus is from local farmers and distributors and that percentage is still growing. As members of Team Green, we are always trying to find new ways to get local food for campus.

Public Market and other farmers markets: Green Line


Rochester is home to many fantastic farmers markets. These markets are open in the summer and fall when produce is most readily available. The public market is open all year long, though the amount of produce is significantly less in the winter months. Check out their website for more information: http://www.cityofrochester.gov/article.aspx?id=8589936780

Wegmans: Green Line

Ah, Wegmans. No other grocery store is quite like it. As a business started in Rochester, they are committed to providing local food as often as possible. Their calendar for when local food is available in their stores is linked below. It’s an option for at least part of the year.


Local Bakeries: Great Harvest Bread Company, Park Ave

Though not all of their ingredients are local, the bread is baked fresh daily in the bakery. The smell that greets you when you step through the door is worth the walk in the cold to the shop. Try their round loaves or some of their delicious pastries.

Local Cheese: Little Blu Cheese Shop, 684 South Ave, Rochester

A little farther out of the way but still fairly close, this local cheese shop carries cheese made in New York State. Yum!


Pride of New York:


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Author: Rachel Sanguinetti



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