Snyder Shop Supports Local Agriculture

December 16, 2013 Updated Dec 16, 2013 at 8:09 PM EDT

By Elizabeth Carey

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December 16, 2013 Updated Dec 16, 2013 at 8:09 PM EDT


It's beginning to look at lot like Christmas at Farmers & Artisans in Snyder. "It's kind of fun because we can follow the seasons and holidays and use our local products to do that," said owner Julie Blackman.

Her shop features hundreds of items from about 60 different vendors, many are area farms.

Blackman started the business back in 2009 and moved to the current location, at 4557 Main Street in Snyder, in April.

She's sixth generation at Blackman Homestead Farm in Cambria in Niagara County, which dates back to 1852.

After working in the healthcare industry for 20 years, Blackman returned to her roots, creating a retail line to use fruit from her own family farm. "It's a line of fruit butters apple sauces a great chili sauce and concord grape pie filling," she said.

When that was a success, Blackman took things a step further with plans to create a year round farmer's market. Farmers & Artisans has become that and more. It's a local food market and bakery with hundreds of products like produce, dairy products including cheeses, seafood, meats and more, all of which Blackman describes as wholesome.

"Once you taste a lot of the products and taste them in their true real simplistic form there's no going back," she said.

Farmers & Artisans chefs and bakers prepare foods, soups, sweets and lunches to go, all made with regional ingredients.

Each sale has one purpose: to support local agriculture. That's something Blackman can appreciate. Now she's hoping to create a connection between farmers and consumers.

"I connect with them," she said. "I hear their stories and that's what I'm trying to translate here is there is a story and family and process behind everything we have here and I think that's important."

Farmers & Artisans is open seven days a week. Their website is http://farmersandartisans.com/

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