Dunning Farm in Williamson is the Summit Vendor of the Month at the city of Rochester Public Market for October 2019.
The farm specializes in plums, apricots, prunes and grapes. Its market stall carries produce like peaches, melons and peppers from other local farmers.
Sara “Sallie” Dunning and her daughter Sara Dunning DeMay started running the farm in 2015 after the passing of Richard “Rich” Dunning, who started the farm after retiring from Xerox in 2000.
Despite its relatively short history, Rich was no greenhorn to the business; his family had farmed in Williamson since the 1930s. Rich’s grandfather was a regular seller at the Rochester Public Market, getting there by horse and buggy in the early days.
In later years, Rich accompanied his father to the market. He left home in the 1960s to serve in the U.S. Air Force. Sallie’s grandson Michael Prizzi is the Dunning clan’s fifth generation of farmers and market sellers.
“My family made many friends and loyal customers,” DeMay said. “I keep my father’s family tradition going. I know he looks down on us every day and keeps us safe.”
The Summit Vendor of the Month Award, presented by the Summit Federal Credit Union and Friends of the Rochester Public Market, recognizes vendors that provide the community with local, quality products and exemplary service.