Ithaca Farmers Market wraps up 2014 season with annual Rutabaga Curl tomorrow

December 19, 2014 by Mark H. Anbinder

Tomorrow is the last day of the Ithaca Farmers Market season at Steamboat Landing, and Mayor Svante Myrick will be on hand to throw out the ceremonial "first rutabaga" when the farmers market marks the day with the 17th annual Rutabaga Curling World Championship.

The crowd gathers for a past Rutabaga Curl. 14850 Photo.The crowd gathers for a past Rutabaga Curl. 14850 Photo.Registration begins at 10am for those who'd like to participate, and organizers urge athletes to arrive by that time. Registration fees "include your very own rutabaga to bring home and turn into soup," or grate into slaw, say organizers. The games themselves will begin at noon. 

"The Rutabaga Curl makes the last Farmers Market of the year so much fun," says fifteen-year veteran market vendor Leslie Muhlhahn, owner of Just Desserts and Finger Lakes Flatbreads. "Where else but in Ithaca would we make an event centered around a root vegetable?"

Organizers say kids who want to participate can join in the Turnip Toss, since youngsters "are for some reason extraordinarily talented at root tossin’, and so have been banned from normal Rutabaga play."

The Vociferous Cruciferous Chorus will offer their traditional performance of their rutabagafied version of Handel's Messiah, "Rutabaga!"

The market itself is open 10am-2pm tomorrow. From January 10th through March 28th, the Ithaca Farmers Market will have a weekly indoor market in The Space at GreenStar, in Ithaca's west end, Saturdays from 11am-2pm. The market will return to Steamboat Landing in April.

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