Weekly Feature



2018-06-07 / Front Page

Farmers Market opens today

by JENNIFER WATERS
Editor

Today, the West Seneca Farmers Market opened for the second year under management of the town, welcoming many repeat vendors and several new businesses to the Town Hall campus.

Located near the West Seneca Lions Club band shell, the market will be open from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at 1250 Union Road. Free concerts will be offered at the band shell.

Vendors include Apple of my Eye, Baglio’s Bee Farm, Becki’s Bakery, Environmental Design Landscaping, Every Day Essentials, For Peate’s Sake Homestead, Gardenville Blooms, Hanzlian’s Sausage, Just Pizza, Kate’s Country Cousins, Keeping Traditions Perogi, Lilies of the Field, Lilla Rose, Lloyd Taco Truck, MMM Cookies and Cupcakes, My Father’s Fudge, Rusty Nickel Brewing Co., The Naked Soap, Thirty-One, Weiss Farms, Western New York Federal Credit Union, West Seneca Y.E.S., and West Seneca Youth and Recreation.

Emily Melski, the town’s chief information officer, who has been tasked with orchestrating the market, said she wanted to focus on creating more events during market times to draw a bigger crowd.

“This year we tried to get the Rec Department and the Y.E.S. volunteers to have kid activities at each week,” Melski said.

Tinkergarten will be at the market to share hands-on outdoor activities for children.

“The credit union is going to be providing a couple workshops throughout the summer at the picnic tables under the pavilion.”

A few changes made last year improved the overall feedback from the community, Melski said.

Mary Josefiak, the town’s Senior Center director, and Lauren Masset, the town’s recreation supervisor, said both seniors and parents of children in youth programs appreciate the market being located near the ice rink, as opposed to on the hill where it started.

“Moving the Farmers Market to the back, the seniors love it because it was so hard to park out yonder and walk the hill,” Josefiak said.

“Our camp families also like the Farmers Market moved to the back because they can just scoot over when they walk out of the ice rink doors,” Masset said.

The space where food trucks and additional parking will be located recently housed construction trailers, as it was the lot where the former Kiwanis Youth Center stood.

Supervisor Sheila Meegan said once the remaining trailers are moved, the town will use excess materials from its milling and paving projects to pave the area.

“We’ll make good use of those millings. As we lay them out in that parking lot, it will afford us a lot of additional parking,” she said.

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