Farmers' Market Demonstrations

In accordance with New York State guidelines limiting the types of activities that take place at farmers’ markets, we are unable to hold in-person Just Say Yes to Fruits & Vegetables (JSY) workshops at the Syracuse Downtown Farmers’ Market this summer. Instead, JSY will be coming to you online in partnership with Onondaga County Public Libraries.


WHEN: 3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
Every Wednesday (July 8, 2020 through September 30, 2020)

HOW: These virtual sessions will be hosted by Zoom. Please register for each week’s workshop on the Onondaga County Public Libraries website or HERE. The library will send a Zoom link in a confirmation email. 

WHAT TO EXPECT: Each workshop will begin with an interactive dialogue on the day’s topic and will then feature a brief cooking demonstration featuring seasonal produce. 

PLEASE NOTE: Our Nutrition Educators will be at the Farmers' Market between Tuesday, July 14 and Tuesday, October 6 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. Participants can come by the JSY tent at the Downtown Farmers’ Market the Tuesday following the workshop to pick-up:

  • $4.00 in Health Bucks coupons to use at the Farmers' Market
  • A helpful kitchen tool
  • Recipes and handouts featured in each week’s workshop session

Participants must have registered for and participated in the online workshops to qualify for these items. These items will only be distributed at the market to individual workshop participants. Participants may only pick up one set of Health Bucks each Tuesday

For questions or more information, contact our Nutrition Department at (315) 437-1899 ext. 222 or

2020 Virtual Workshop Schedule

July 8

Shopping at the Farmers’ Market

The market experience is different this year because of social distancing. We will walk you through what changes you might expect to see and how to still have successful trip.

July 15

Fruits & Vegetables

We are often told to eat more fruits and vegetables. We will discuss the reasons why we eat these foods and share ways to add more fruits and vegetables to your meals. 

July 22

Storing Fruits & Vegetables

We will talk about the best places and ways to store different types of fruits and vegetables so they stay fresh for as long as possible. 

July 29

Food Safety

The term “food safety” refers to different practices in and out of the kitchen.  We will go over specific steps you can take to ensure that the food you prepare is safe to eat. 

Aug 5


Familiar with the MyPlate graphic showing the different food groups? We will review what this graphic tells us and how to use it as a tool for making healthy food choices. 

Aug 12

Meal Planning

Planning meals can be a big help when it comes to managing a food budget and well-balanced diet. We will discuss tips for making meal planning a household habit. 

Aug 19

Healthy Portions

Portion sizes have gotten larger in recent years. We'll share tips for estimating portion sizes and how to pay attention to feelings of hunger and fullness. 

Aug 26 

Reducing Food Waste

Every year, 90 billion pounds of edible food goes to waste in the US. We will talk about ways you can reduce the amount of food that goes to waste at home. 

Sept 2

Reading Food Labels

Overwhelmed by the nutrition facts label? We will walk you through this important information, making it easier to make healthy food choices. 

Sept 9

Healthy Beverages

Do you know how much sugar is in your drink? You might be surprised! We will compare the sugar content of popular drinks and discuss ideas for healthy drink options.

Sept 16


We will cover the importance of fiber in a healthy diet and provide tips for planning meals to increase fiber intake. 

Sept 23

Cut the Salt

Salt can be found in many unexpected places. We will shed some light on common high-sodium foods and provide tips on ways to reduce your sodium intake.

Sept 30

Eating Away from Home

With our busy schedules, it is quite common to eat meals away from home. We will share ideas for how to make healthy food choices when you are on the go.