Weekly Feature



2017-06-15 / Lifestyles

Homegrown

Farmers markets offer new twists for 2017 season
by ALAN RIZZO and IZZY GRAZIANO, Reporter and Intern


Grabbing their purchases, Town and of her Tonawanda daughter, residents Becca, 5, Debbie buy produce Kopec Farms, Ransomville, from John during Susice a visit of Susice June to the 1. North Tonawanda City Market on 
Photo by Jim Smerecak. Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com. Grabbing their purchases, Town and of her Tonawanda daughter, residents Becca, 5, Debbie buy produce Kopec Farms, Ransomville, from John during Susice a visit of Susice June to the 1. North Tonawanda City Market on Photo by Jim Smerecak. Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com. Under way for another year of fresh, local food and products — and quality community interaction — farmers markets throughout the region are showcasing their wares for the buying public.

Here’s a look at what some popular markets are offering in 2017:

After a season displaced by construction, the Williamsville Farmers Market and co-managers Kathy Coe and Laura Koeppel returned to East Spring Street in late May, welcoming three new vendors: Niagara Craft Spirits, Plato Dale Farm and Kindred Kreek.

The market is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 28.

New pet treat and meat sellers will join approximately 30 vendors offering goods at the Clarence Hollow Farmers Market this season, located between Salt and Ransom roads.


Representing vendor "We R Nuts," Pearl Omphalius markets her wares to customers on June 1 at the West Seneca Farmers Market. 
Photo by Chuck Skipper. Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com. Representing vendor "We R Nuts," Pearl Omphalius markets her wares to customers on June 1 at the West Seneca Farmers Market. Photo by Chuck Skipper. Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com. Manager Cheryl Anthony said the Clarence Center Coffee Company will also take over management of the market’s coffeehouse. The market is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 14.

The Kenmore Farmers Market, located on the Kenmore Municipal Green, will open June 18, adding food trucks and artisans to its roster of 15 vendors.

“Yoga on the Green” instructor Lauren Willett-Benson, the market’s new manager, said a children’s tinker program, cooking classes, crafts and floral design are new this year.

The market will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 29.

Not much will change at the North Tonawanda City Market this year, save informal entertainment, according to market clerk Dale Rogers, who said popular accordion act “Musical Mark” will be added.

The market is open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays year-round at the corner of Robinson and Bryant streets.

The Galaxy Farmers Market has once again set up shop at 848 Dick Road in Cheektowaga, featuring produce from North Tonawanda based vendor Dan Ottaviano and free-range chicken, eggs and other items from Mike Graham, a farmer from Pendleton.

Galaxy offers about 60 different locally sourced items and is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through October.

Returning to 4913 Transit Road in Depew, the Lancaster Farmers Market has added producers of maple syrup, pizzelles, meat and eggs to its list of vendors this year.

Executive director Ann Jordan said the market will also promote select holidays such as Father’s Day by giving away breakfast sandwiches made with fresh farm eggs.

The market is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays and runs through October.

Formerly known as the Main Street Marketplace, the West Seneca Farmers Market opened June 1 under new management.

Emily Melski, chief information officer for the Town of West Seneca, said the market has added produce from two new farmers, as well as food smoking demonstrations and food trucks.

It’s also been moved closer to the Lions Club band shell to capitalize on a free concert series starting June 15.

The market is open from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Sept. 28.

The Orchard Park Farmers & Artisans Market, held in front of Orchard Fresh at 4050 N. Buffalo Road, is featuring a variety of vendors, live entertainment, food trucks and monthly special event days this year, according to market owner John Griveas.

Vendors make or grow everything they sell, from dog treats to organic greens.

The market is open from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursdays and runs through Oct. 19.

The East Aurora Farmers Market, held in the TOPS plaza at 123 Grey St. in the village, is welcoming one new organic farmer this year, according to market secretary Jamie Dinero. She said all vendors grow 100 percent of what they sell and will be participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Token Program and the state’s Fresh Connect check program.

The market is open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays until Nov. 22.

Turning 40 this year, the Hamburg Farmers Market has welcomed a handful of new farmers offering everything from fresh fruit to locally raised meats.

Jamie Decker, senior marketing director for the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, said the market also welcomed bakers offering biscotti and gourmet cupcakes and a juice vendor.

The market is open from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 28 in the village municipal parking lot just off Main Street.

The Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market has introduced vendors selling hot, prepared foods this year, along with a free 9 a.m. yoga class offered by H.E.A.L. BFLO, according to market vendor and president Colin Erdle.

He said the market will also feature music from the Buffalo Philharmonic string quartet on the first and last weekends in July.

The market is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 25 at Elmwood Avenue and Bidwell Parkway.

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