From June 5 through September 28, 2012, we’re pleased to host “Farmers at the Public Market,” an exhibit of color images by well-known local photographer, Margaret W. Miyake.
Since 1905, Rochester’s Public Market has served the community, providing the opportunity to buy produce directly from the growers themselves. This exhibit documents – and celebrates – farmers at the market and the resurgence of the family farm. They are part of a national trend to buy food locally grown, freshly harvested, and in season. Much of the produce is picked just before it is sold at the market. Most of it is grown using sustainable farming practices.
All the farmers depend on their farms to provide their livelihood. To survive and flourish they have adapted their crops to include new demands from immigrant populations and rapidly growing ethnic restaurants. Now specialty items like black radish, daikon, and kobacha are readily available at the market. The market makes this innovation possible by putting local farmers in close contact with their customers.
Margaret Miyake started photographing at the market in 2006, to document the seasonal changes and to meet vendors and farmers. She received a grant from Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester to photograph and interview farmers at several local farms, shoppers at the market, and market staff. She had an exhibit at The Link Gallery in City Hall exhibiting images from that project. Her photographs also have been on display at Community Darkroom Galleries, High Falls Fine Art Gallery, Lavery Library at St. John Fisher College, and Lower Link Gallery at Central Library of Rochester. “With a camera in my hand, I use it as a way to meet and enter into people’s lives,” says Miyake about her interest in documentary photography.
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