Weekly Feature



2018-08-09 / Business

Stop at George’s for fresh local produce, flowers

by ANNA DEROSA
Amherst Associate Editor


Florence Krieter, left, and Joanne Schum shop for vegetables at George's Produce Market on Saturday. The market’s new location is at 1195 Wehrle Drive, at Aero Drive in Williamsville. 
Photo by Jim SmerecakPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Florence Krieter, left, and Joanne Schum shop for vegetables at George's Produce Market on Saturday. The market’s new location is at 1195 Wehrle Drive, at Aero Drive in Williamsville. Photo by Jim SmerecakPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com George’s Produce Market, Williamsville’s old-fashioned produce stand, can be found at a new location: 1195 Wehrle Drive, at Aero Drive.

The produce stand, which has been supporting local farmers for more than 40 years, is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week, from mid-spring through the fall.

In 1958, the market was set up by the late Donald Pope, who advertised sweet corn and tomatoes from local farmers on a sidewalk in Williamsville.

He then grew his business and gained a reputation for selling high-quality produce at the stand, which was previously located on Main Street.

In 2000, Pope’s son, Michael, began working with his father and would travel to farmers markets in the area. Now at the helm, Michael Pope is following in his father’s footsteps with George’s Produce Market.

The market opened at the new location on Wehrle Drive on Mother’s Day and offers a variety of products, including such staples as sweet corn, tomatoes and peaches, and other vegetables and fruits as the season permits.

This summer, residents can find zucchini, melon, garlic and pickles, and in the fall, there will be pumpkins and mums available.

Pope said a benefit of the market is that it offers top produce that is picked daily — cheaper than the supermarket prices — and flowers at reasonable prices in the spring.

According to Pope, the market has been using the same farmers for many years. He gave examples of farms such as Harris Farms, Niagara Orchards, Draudt Farms, Donald Spoth Farms and Mitchell Farms.

“It’s great that [customers] can ask where the products are from, and I can tell them an exact place,” he said.

Pope also enjoys providing a service for people who normally can’t head out to the country to get fresh products.

Through the years, the market has had loyal customers and is gathering new customers at the new location as well. Pope’s goal is to slowly grow the business and offer more products for the public.

He noted that the market is always open to new business with farmers.

Individuals can also find George’s at the North Tonawanda Farmers Market from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, and from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Springville Auction.

For more information, visit www.georgesproducemarket.com or search on Facebook.

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