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To market, to market: Our list of 44 farmers markets across WNY

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A general view on Thursday, June 16, 2011 at the The Downtown Country Market. Photo by Harry Scull Jr / Buffalo News

By Andrew Z. Galarneau

NEWS FOOD WRITER

Like the first strawberries of June, the first farmers market openings are a sure sign that the best of Western New York's fruit and vegetables is on its way.

There are new products to buy at many markets, but one thing hasn't changed: The early birds (meaning customers) get the best selections.

The vagaries of weather and Mother Nature -- including the abnormally wet spring -- mean that some crops will be delayed a week or two, and in short supply at first.

But there are people like Michael Fritz, who sell relatively small amounts of an unusual item. Fritz and wife Sarah have been growing oyster mushrooms for the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market this season, and in their first two trips to market, they were cleaned out before 10 a.m.

"You have to get there early if you want 'em," said Fritz, a sculptor who lives and grows in East Aurora.

They have been taking about 12 pounds of oyster mushrooms to the market at a time, and selling them for $2 to $4 a 4-ounce basket.

"At this point in our first year selling them, the yield isn't what we would like it to be," he said. "We were sort of surprised by the amount of interest."

Here's a list of 44 markets across New York's eight westernmost counties, including contact information where available.

ALLEGANY COUNTY, CATTARAUGUS COUNTYCHAUTAUQUA COUNTYERIE COUNTYGENESEE COUNTYNIAGARA COUNTYORLEANS COUNTYWYOMING COUNTY

ALLEGANY COUNTY

Angelica Farmers Market, Park Circle, Angelica 14709 (585-466-3787). Open Saturdays from June 25 through Oct. 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., including during Lavender Festival (July 2) and Fall Festival (Oct. 1). Vegetables, herbs, maple products, eggs, honey, plants, cut flowers, meat, cheese, baked goods and Angelica Winery wine. Accepts WIC and Senior Nutrition farmers market coupons.

Belmont Farmers Market, 32 Willets Ave. (Route 19), Belmont 14813 (942-3710). Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays, May 21 through Oct. 27, on the Belmont Grange building lawn. Vegetables and fruit, plants, honey, maple products, cut flowers, baked goods and lunch items. Accepts WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons.

Wellsville Farmers Market, 191 N. Main St., Wellsville 14895 (585- 593-5223). Open 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays, May through October. Fruit, vegetables, baked goods, flower baskets, honey products, eggs, soap and more.

CATTARAUGUS COUNTY

Franklinville Farmers Market, Town Square, Route 16, Franklinville 14737 (676-9181; reapfarmersmarket.com). Open 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays, mid-June through October. Fruit, vegetables, herbs, cut flowers, baked goods. Accepts WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons.

Olean Farmers Market, Jamestown Community College, North Union Street, Olean 14760 (676-9181; reapfarmersmarket.com). Open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, mid-May through October. Fruit, vegetables, baked goods, flowers, plants, honey, poultry and bison, wine, cheese, eggs and more. Accepts EBT, WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons.

Ellicottville Farmers Market, 53 Elizabeth St., Ellicottville 14731 (676-9181). Open 2 to 6 p.m. Fridays, June 24 through October. Fruit, vegetables, maple products, meat, baked goods, dairy products and more. Accepts WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons.Southern Tier Farmers Market: three locations, all accept WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons.

Olean: Tractor Supply, 1900 Constitution Ave., Olean 14760 (942-3710). Open 2 to 7 p.m. Fridays, mid-May through Oct. 28. Vegetables and fruit, baked goods, honey, maple syrup, plants and cut flowers. 

Salamanca: Jefferson Park on Jefferson near Park Street, Salamanca 14779 (942-3710). Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, mid-May through Oct. 27. Vegetables and fruit, honey, maple syrup, plants, cut flowers, specialty Blue Ribbon baked goods.

Belmont: Route 19, Grange Hall. Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays, mid-May through October. Vegetables and fruit, baked goods, honey, maple syrup, plants and cut flowers, Catbird Griddle salads, soups and meals.

CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY

Chautauqua Produce Auction, 7844 Route 474, Clymer 14724 (355-6500 or 355-6391; chautauquaproduceauction.com). Opens at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, late April through mid-October. Auctioning seasonal, local produce and flowers.

Downtown Jamestown Farmers Market, 119-121 W. Third St., Jamestown 14701 (664-2477; discoverjamestown.com). Open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays, June 10 through Oct. 28. Fruit and vegetables, goat milk fudge, cheese, homemade baked goods, fresh-frozen meats, Concord grape products, fresh flowers, honey and maple products, jams and jellies. Accepts WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons.

Fredonia Farmers Market, Church Street, Fredonia 14063 (640-5401; see Fredonia Farmers' Market page on facebook.com). Open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, May 28 through Oct. 29 (moves indoors at 29 W. Main St., Fredonia, starting in November). Maple syrup, locally raised meat, produce (organic and otherwise), honey, eggs, dairy products, cut flowers, pottery, beach glass jewelry and more. Accepts WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons and EBT cards.

Westfield Farmers Market, Moore Park, Routes 394 and 20, Westfield 14787 (326-4000; westfieldny.com). Open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, May 28 through Sept. 24. Produce, eggs and Amish goods. Some vendors accept WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons.

ERIE COUNTY

Alden Farmers Market, 13119 Broadway (Route 20) Alden 14004 (937-6177; aldenny.org). Open 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, late May through Oct. 28. Vegetables and fruit, locally grown chicken and beef, baked goods, honey and maple products, fudge, plants, cut flowers, jams and jellies, specialty pasta, spices, crafts and occasional wine tastings. Accepts WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons.

Bippert's Farm Market, 5220 Clinton St., Elma 14059 (668-4328; bippertsfarm.com). Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week, Easter to Christmas. Baked goods, seasonal fruit and vegetables, homegrown beef. Produce and plant live auction at 1 p.m. Fridays, late May through late October. Accepts EBT cards.

Clarence Hollow Farmers Market, 10717 Main St., Clarence 14031 (480-3920; clarencefarmersmarket.com). Open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, June through Oct. 22. Locally grown fruit, organic vegetables and eggs, grass-fed beef and chicken, baked goods, maple syrup, honey, alpacas, New York State wine tasting and sale and a country store selling New York State products. Some vendors accept WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons.

Clinton-Bailey Farmers Market, 1443 Clinton St. 882-2466. Open year round. May to November hours 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun.-Fri., 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. clintonbaileymarket.com Fruit, vegetables, plants, baked goods and more.

Downtown Country Market, Main Street between Court and Church streets (856-3150; buffaloplace.com). Open 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 19 through Oct. 27. Fruit and vegetables, baked goods, flowers, pet foods and homemade pierogies. Accepts WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons.

East Aurora Farmers Market, Tops plaza, Grey Street, East Aurora 14052 (771-9590). Open 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays through Nov. 23. Vendor produced or grown fruit and vegetables, baked goods, honey, maple syrup, First Light Farm & Creamery goat cheese and more. Accepts WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons.

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market, Elmwood Avenue and Bidwell Parkway, 14222 (881-0707; elmwoodmarket.org). Open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, May through mid-December. Vendor produced or grown fruit, vegetables, dairy products, natural meat, baked goods, honey and more. New: mushrooms, goat cheese, dog treats. Accepts EBT.

Farmers Market at Grider, 351 Grider St. (898-3509). Open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays into October. Fruit, vegetables, baked goods, lunches and more.

Hamburg Farmers Market, Village of Hamburg Municipal parking lot, Main and Buffalo streets, Hamburg 14075 (649-7917; hamburg-chamber.org). Open 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, May 7 through Nov. 5. Fresh produce, plants, cut flowers, baked goods, spices and herbs, pasta and pierogies, honey and maple syrup. Some vendors accept WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons.

Holland Farmers Market, 49 N. Main St., Holland 14080 (537-9590; Hollandfarmersmarket.blogspot.com). Open 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays, May through November. Fresh, seasonal produce, eggs, maple products, herbs, flowers and plants, crafts, homemade jewelry and soap and much more. Accepts WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons.

Kenmore Farmers Market, 2919 Delaware Ave., Kenmore 14217 (874-1784; kenmorefarmersmarket.com). Open 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, June 25 through Oct. 29. Fruit and vegetables, flowers, baked goods, pasta, jams and jellies, wine, chocolates, honey and maple products, organic handmade soap and more. Accepts WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons.

Lancaster Market, Aurora at Broadway streets, Lancaster 14086. (lancastervillagemarket.com) Saturdays and Sundays, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Fruit, vegetables, eggs, meat, baked goods, jams and jellies, honey and more. Accepts WIC and EBT.

Orchard Park Farmers Market at Fox Run, Route 20A and California Road, Orchard Park 14127. (200-3564). Open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursdays, May through October. Fruit and vegetables, coffee, hot chocolate, fudge, cheese, meat, pasta, annuals and more. 

Niagara Frontier Growers Co-op Market/Clinton Bailey Farmers Market, 1517 Clinton St., Buffalo 14206 (822-2466; clintonbaileyfarmersmarket.com). Open daily 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. May through October; 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, November through April. Fresh, locally grown fruit and vegetables, plants and flowers. Accepts WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons.

Springville Farmers Market, Gentners Auction, 341 W. Main St., Springville 14141 (592-4062). Open year-round, Wednesdays, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fresh seasonal produce, livestock, plants, cut flowers, baked goods, furniture, crafts and much more. Some vendors accept WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons.

Springville Olde Farmers Market, Mechanic Street, Springville (592-4746; springvillechamber.com). June to Oct. 29, Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Local vegetables and fruit, baked goods, maple syrup, organic beef, chicken, duck; eggs, and more. Accepts WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons.

University Community Farmers Market, University at Buffalo South Campus, near Main Street and Kenmore Avenue (829-6145; ourheights.org). Open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, late May through Oct. 15. Fresh produce, artisan pasta, homemade jam and jellies, baked goods and desserts, plants, flowers, health food and seasonal items. Accepts WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons.

Williamsville Farmers Market, 56 E. Spring St., Williamsville 14221 (984-6572). Open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, May 21 through Oct. 29. Organic chicken, beef and shiitake mushrooms, pork, local fruit and vegetables, farmstead cheeses, maple syrup and honey products, coffee. Live music and children's activities each week. Accepts Senior Nutrition coupons.

GENESEE COUNTY

Genesee Country Farmers Market, 8315 Park Road (Batavia Downs), Batavia 14020 (585-356-2358). Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, June through Oct. 28. Fruit, vegetables, meat, sausage, flowers, eggs, goat soap, wine, baked goods, maple products, and more. Grower-only market. Accepts WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons.

Downtown Batavia Public Market, Ellicott (Route 63) and Center streets, Batavia (585- 344-0900; downtownbataviany.com). Open 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays June 23 through Sept. 22. Fruit, vegetables, baked goods, honey and maple products, BBQ sauce, cut flowers, garden products and more. Accepts WIC.

LeRoy Farmers Market, Bank Street parking lot, LeRoy, 14482 (585-768-8553; leroyfarmersmarket.org). Open 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, June 25 through mid-October. Seasonal produce, organic vegetables, fruit, honey, maple syrup, eggs, cheese, meat, flowers, baked goods, local wine, coffee, candles, nut butters, goat milk soap, and more.

NIAGARA COUNTY

Barker Farmers Market, Main Street and Quaker Road, Barker 14012 (795-3787). Open 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, June 16 through September. Fruit, vegetables and more.

Lockport Farmers Market, Walnut at Cottage streets, Lockport 14094 (439-6676). Open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, April 1 through Nov. 30. Fruit, vegetables and more.

Middleport Farmers Market, 81 Rochester Road (Route 31, at Wilson Farms) 14105 (735-7425). Open 2 to 6 p.m. Fridays, June through October. Fruit, vegetables, jellies and jams and more. Accepts WIC, EBT.

Niagara Falls City Market, 18th Street and Pine Avenue, Niagara Falls 14301 (946-7473). Open year-round, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Fruit, vegetables, annuals, perennials, honey products, sausage on Friday and more. Most farm vendors accepts WIC.

North Tonawanda Farmers Market, Payne at Robinson streets, North Tonawanda 14120 (830-6025). Open year-round, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Fruit, vegetables, baked goods, coffee, herbs, annuals, perennials, chocolate, cheese, meat, sausage, soup, crafts and more. Accepts WIC, EBT starts in July.

Pendleton Farmers Market, 6570 Campbell Blvd. (Route 270), Pendleton 14094. Open 3 p.m. to dusk Thursdays, through October. Meat, poultry, eggs, fruit, vegetables, bread and baked goods, wine, organic honey, hot sauce and condiments, flowers and nursery plants.

Wheatfield Farmers Market, 2800 Church Road, Wheatfield 14120 (694-6441). Open 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, through Oct. 26. Fruit, vegetables, baked goods, meat, honey, eggs, sausage and more.

ORLEANS COUNTY

Albion/Orleans County Farmers Market, 320 West Ave. Albion 14411 (585-798-3986). Open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays in June and October, through Oct. 29; in July, August, September, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fruit, vegetables, maple and honey products, sausage and jerky, and more. Accepts WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons.

Medina/Orleans County Farmers Market, Medina Canal Basin 14103 (585-798-3986). Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays, June through Oct. 27. Fruit, vegetables, maple and honey products, sausage and jerky, and more. Accepts WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons.

WYOMING COUNTY

Arcade Farmers Market, village parking lot, 17 Church St., Arcade 14009 (913-1351; arcadefarmersmarket.org). Open 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, June 18 through Oct. 15. Vegetables, honey, pasta, grass-fed beef, wine, organic chicken, pork, eggs, yarn and more. 

Perry Farmers Market, Main Street at Borden Avenue, Perry 14530 (585-237-2614; perryfarmersmarket.com). Open 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, June 18 through Sept. 24. Fruit, vegetables, maple and honey products, meats, fresh breads, scones, and pies, chocolates, flowers, certified organic chickens and more.

News Staff Writer Kristy Kibler contributed to this report. Please send additions or corrections to [email protected]

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