MEDINA - For many Western New Yorkers, one sure and welcome sign of summer is the opening of their local farmers' market. Few things say summer like the opportunity to buy local fresh-harvested produce and in Medina, that means opening day at the Canal Village Farmers' Market.
Located in the heart of busy Downtown Medina, the Canal Village Farmers' Market will begin the summer season Saturday, June 3, from 8:00AM to 1:00PM. The market is located at 127 West Center Street at West Avenue, across from the Medina Post Office. The market operates under the auspices of the Orleans Renaissance Group, Inc. (ORG) of Medina, and will continue each Saturday through October.
"We had a great winter market season and have been busily planning for summer 2017," said market manager, Gail Miller. "We're constantly looking for ways to expand offerings and activities at the market." Miller cited new vendor offerings, a Community Tent for community organizations, live music, artisans, the return of Canal Kids Activities and family related fun and games by the Medina FFA, an expanded schedule of special guests, as well as various special events such as food prep demos and raffles.
"It's going to be a great year of Summer Saturdays at the market!" said Miller. "There's quite a lot on tap for opening day."
Opening day, market patrons will see regular weekly vendors Baker Farm, Bob Renko sausage, Herbalty Cottage oils, Human Farms and Greenhouse, Nice Farms, Panek's Pickin' Patch, Roberts' Farm Market, SK Herefords beef, Stone Hollow Farm and Bakery, Stymus Farms along with special guests/rotating vendors award winning 810 Meadworks, The English Rose Tea Shoppe, Wide Angle Art Gallery, Friends of Iroquois Wildlife Refuge, Medina Fire Department and MAC Lite - Oldies music (10-noon). Among the products available will be local beef, pork, chicken, bacon, sausage, eggs; fresh-harvested local vegetables and berries including asparagus, broccoli, carrots, herbs, lettuces, mushrooms, peas, spinach, swiss chard and strawberries, along with fresh breads, cheeses, cookies, honey, maple syrup, milk, oils, vinegars, empanadas, pierogies, yogurt, cut flowers, jams, jellies and mead.
Additional vendors will rotate into the market weekly with new and different offerings, including WNY wines, mead and craft beers.
Patrons will also have the opportunity to sit and enjoy the market at picnic tables under brand new canopies. "We're trying hard to bring back some music and artists," said Miller. "So far on tap for music are MAC Lite (oldies), Ernie Lawrence (blues), Dark Road (blues) and a very special musical guest- the Amani Children's Choir of Uganda."
The Amani Children's Choir is a ministry of Light Africa Ministries based in Uganda. The choir's performances help raise funds for continued development and support of Light Africa programs in Uganda. The program features children's songs, hand clapping, traditional spirituals and contemporary tunes.
"We're very excited to have them as our guests here in Medina," said Miller. "Their current US tour takes them through Orleans County. They will be at CVFM on June 24 at around 11:00AM."
Over the past years, the children have appeared in hundreds of concerts around the world, including Washington DC, Dallas Texas and Sea World in San Diego, San Diego zoo as well as schools around the USA.
The 2017 edition of the market will also see the addition of a "Community Tent."
"Community Tent will provide a place for local non-profits and community-based organizations to raise awareness about their particular programs." said Miller. "If there are other groups who fit the criteria and would like to participate in Community Tent or the Music and Artisan Tents, please contact me."
Groups scheduled so far include the Medina Fire and Police Departments, Medina Ambulance, Medina Police K-9 Unit, Iroquois Wildlife Refuge, CCE Master Gardeners, CCE Master Food Preservers, Hospice of Orleans County and the Center for Resolution & Justice and the Medina HS Chapter of the FFA.
Chris Busch, President of the market's sponsoring organization (ORG) says the Canal Village Farmers' Market is not just an opportunity for the public to shop for fresh-harvested local produce, but also to everything Historic Medina has to offer. "Summer Saturdays are absolutely alive in Downtown Medina. Visitors can enjoy the market and spend the entire day visiting shops, boutiques, pubs and restaurants, enjoying the canal on a kayak, canoe or paddle bike; taking a heritage tour around the village, checking out the Train Museum-CVFM is thrilled to be part of Summer Saturdays in Medina."
The market is still interested in finding suitable artisans and musicians who might be interested in participating in the market. For additional information about visiting or participating in the 2017 Canal Village Farmers' Market, visit them on Facebook or email Gail Miller at [email protected].