Several new vendors, talented local entertainers and two Wellness Weekends held in partnership with the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo will highlight the 2012 season at the Elmwood Bidwell-Farmers Market. The selling season kicks off on Saturday, May 12, and runs through Saturday, Dec. 22. Hours at the open-air venue in Buffalo’s historic Elmwood Village are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine.
The market now features 37 vendors — including several with new product offerings — selling fruits, vegetables, baked goods, organics, fresh meat, cut flowers, wine, eggs, dairy, honey, cheese and more. Products available at the market are always fresh, seasonal and local. New vendors in 2012 include 21 Brix Winery, Community Beer Works, Susie Cuke’s Pickle Company and Living Light Wheatgrass.
Elmwood-Bidwell is a producer-only market, meaning that all vendors grow or produce what they sell — no middlemen and no compromises. Patrons know they are dealing directly with the source, helping to create a diverse and healthy local economy.
This season, the market will feature entertainment every Saturday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. On select Saturdays throughout the season, entertainment will also be provided from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Musical guests will include Kate Shaffer, the Hutch Tech High School Six String Circus Guitar Ensemble, David Adamczyk, Robert Graziano, Sara Elizabeth, Sean Hook and Birdie Cree. Balloon artist Gary Mooney will also be on hand to entertain the children.
Two Wellness Weekends — sponsored by the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo — will be held on July 14 and Aug. 11. Visitors are encouraged participate in a wide variety of free health-related activities, from health screenings to an informal family Wellness Walk!
Additionally, the market is partnering with the Erie-Niagara Tobacco-Free Coalition to promote a smoke-free environment at the market this season. The purpose of the Coalition is to reduce the risk of cancer, heart, lung and other tobacco-related diseases in Erie and Niagara counties by reducing tobacco use and reducing the exposure of all residents to secondhand smoke. For more information, please visit www.tobaccofreewny.com.
The market’s Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) system, which allows individuals and families receiving public assistance to purchase products from eligible market vendors, will be in place once again this season. Information is available each week at the Elmwood Village vendor tent during market hours. The EBT program is sponsored this year by the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo, Erie-Niagara Tobacco-Free Coalition and the Lexington Co-operative Market.
The Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market would also like to congratulate Scott Webb of Grand Island, winner of the market’s annual poster competition. Webb’s poster is on display in stores and restaurants throughout the Elmwood Village, and will be featured on signage at the market.
For a complete list of vendors, entertainment and special events, please visit www.elmwoodmarket.org. Frequent updates are also available by becoming a fan of the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market page on Facebook.