“This is one of our main sources of income,” said Jonathan Soto of Norwich Meadows Farm. “In general for the community, it’s really important to support your local farms because these are the people who are living with you and providing you with high quality produce from your area.” VESTAL (WBNG) — This week was Give Back NY Farmers Market Week, an opportunity to thank those who have supported local farmers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Vestal Farmers Market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays during the summer and fall. “There are low contact options here,” said market manager Lisa Bloodnick. “You get access to the fresh locally grown produce, keep local dollars circulating in the community.” At the Vestal Farmers Market, vendors were out in full force where organizers teamed up with Binghamton Food Rescue to encourage everyone to mark the occasion by buying farm fresh produce and donating it to local food pantries. Organizers said it’s a continuation of how farmers markets have been providing for their communities, and how their communities have been supporting them throughout the pandemic. For many farmers the pandemic has only made the importance of farmers markets and those who shop at them more clear.