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The 5 Best Farmers Markets to Visit in Buffalo, N.Y.

posted by Dan Hodges at 2019-07-09 16:42:00

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Summer is the best time of year for foodies who love it fresh. Fruits and vegetables plucked from the trees and vines are plentiful and delicious! Imagine watermelon juice dribbling down your chin or tender, sweet corn on the cob and all the other fresh foods that make summer so much fun.
Here are five of the top Farmers Markets in Buffalo, where you’ll find these and other seasonal goodies while supporting farmers and the local economy.

1. Elmwood Village Farmers Market

This producers-only market has been in business for more than 20 years. It’s a Western New York tradition with more than 30 vendors selling fresh, seasonal and local products. You’ll also find fresh baked goods, craft beer, fresh meat, flowers, honey and dog treats. Live music is on site, weather permitting.
Where:  Elmwood Avenue and Bidwell Parkway in Buffalo's Elmwood Village. (Map)
When: Open every Saturday, rain or shine, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m., through November.

2. Clinton-Bailey Farmers and Flea Market

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This daily market goes all the way back to 1930. It started out as a co-op market to help local businesses survive during the Depression. Hundreds of thousands of customers have passed through the market since then, buying locally grown products. If you hit the market now, you’ll find blueberries, cherries, strawberries, broccoli, cabbage, and cucumbers in season, along with many other fruits and vegetables. You can also shop for home baked goods, jams and jellies, flowers and vegetable plants, if you’d like to start your own garden.
Where: 1443 Clinton St. (Map)
Summer hours (May 1-Nov. 1):
Sunday-Friday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturdays 6 a.m.-6 p.m.
Winter hours (Nov. 1-April 30):
Saturdays 6 a.m.-1 p.m.

3. Farmers & Artisans

Farmers & Artisans is one of the newer markets, founded in 2009, but definitely one of the best! The first bunch of sellers was made up of a small group of farmers and food producers. It has since grown substantially, offering hundreds of locally produced products including eggs, cheese, meats, dairy, dry goods, and prepared foods. Farmers & Artisans owner Julie Blackman is the sixth generation working in the family business, Blackman Homestead Farm, which was founded in 1852.
Where: 4557 Main St., Snyder, N.Y. (Map)
When: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-7-p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m.-2-p.m.

4. North Tonawanda Farmers Market

The North Tonawanda Farmers Market goes all the way back to 1908. It’s one of the Buffalo region’s largest outdoor markets during summer’s peak. This open-air and indoor market is open year-round. Along with fresh fruits and vegetables, you can pick up eggs, meats, honey, syrup, baked good, cheese, and spices. There’s plenty of parking on the street or in nearby lots for this busy market at the corner of Payne and Robinson Roads.
When:  Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, 7 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where:  270 Robinson St., North Tonawanda, N.Y. (Map)

5. Eastgate Plaza Farmers Market

This family-friendly market offers the usual locally grown, fresh produce, baked goods, meats, plants, and flowers, but it has so much more. There are free train rides and lawn games for families, along with live music. On the last Wednesday of each month, the Harris Hill Volunteer Fire Department stops by with free safety demonstrations, fire hats and coloring books for the kids.
When: Wednesdays, 3-7 p.m.
Where:  4927 - 5089 Transit Rd., Buffalo (Map)

So now that summer’s here, get out and experience the best, and freshest, produce and more our area has to offer!
Dan Hodges is a writer and travel expert. He has a passion for trying new restaurants and new foods around the country.
posted at: 2019-07-09 16:42:00, last updated: 2020-03-17 20:02:02

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