James Farr, Director of the Rochester Public Market

RPS Zoom Presentation, March 10, 2021 –  James Farr, Director of the Rochester Public Market

Mr Farr’s presentation will trace the history of the Public Market from it establishment on the Main Street Bridge in 1827 through several alternative locations and finally to North Union Street in 1905.  You will hear about the Market’s struggles and triumphs over the years, how it has evolved, and where it is headed next, and what makes it an essential and loved institution.  The presentation features many historic photos from the Albert Stone Collection at the Rochester Museum and Science Center.

Jim has worked for the City of Rochester, Department Recreation for the past 40 plus years. He started as a laborer in the Parks Division and has held a variety of supervisory and administrative roles since.  Currently Jim is the Director of the Rochester Public Market. In this role he oversees all the operating and capital needs of both the Rochester Public Market and the newly constructed, La Marketa at the International Plaza.

Jim also is a Commissioner on the Eric Canal Heritage Corridor, a Board member of the Genesee WaterWays Center, President of the Foundation of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County, a member of the Monroe County Parks Advisory Committee, Chairperson of the Ontario Beach Park Program Committee, a former board member and President of both the Farmers Market Federation of New York and the National Association of Produce Market Managers and a member of the World Union of Markets. Jim is also the secretary and one of the founding board members of the Rochester Youth Sports Foundation.

 Jim has BS in Business Administration with a minor in Economics.