MEDINA - After a long and never-ending winter, locals are very much looking forward to all-things summer. In Medina, that includes Opening Day at Canal Village Farmers' Market. There's nothing quite like local, fresh-harvested produce, strolling through the vendors and artisans, and catching up with friends and neighbors on a sunny, summer morning at the market.
Located in the heart of busy Historic Downtown Medina, the Canal Village Farmers' Market will begin the summer season Saturday, June 2, 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.
"The 2017-18 Winter Market was very well attended," said market manager, Gail Miller. "Its made us very excited to begin what we feel is going to be our best summer market yet. "
Miller cited yet more new vendor offerings, the return of a Community Tent for community organizations, the Artisans Tent, the return of Canal Kids Activities and family related fun and games by the Medina FFA.
"We've also been able to secure the return of our crowd-favorite live music too," said Miller. "Ernie Lawrence, Dark Road Duo and The Road to Azure will all be back, hopefully with other new groups." The vintage R&B/Blues of The Road to Azure will be featured opening day.
Miller also said there will be an expanded schedule of special guests, as well as various special events such as food prep demos and raffles.
"We’='re also working on plans for a food tour that would encompass the market and downtown." said Miller. "This project is in the very early planning stages, but will be a multi-opportunity event that people are really going to want to experience. The market, food and historic downtown are three things that naturally go together."
According to planners, participants would buy a ticket for the food tour at the market and begin their delectable journey with tastings from various vendors. The guided tour would proceed through Historic Downtown with a mix of history and tastings from Medina's many culinary offerings.
"Again, the tour is in the planning stages, but we're very excited about it. We see it as a springboard for day trip Medina and hope to have it up and running soon. It's going to be such a great year of Summer Saturdays at the market and throughout downtown." said Miller. "There's quite a lot on tap for Saturday mornings this summer."
A full slate of vendors and offerings are slated for opening day. Market patrons will see regular weekly vendors Baker Farm, Herbalty Cottage, Human Farms, Kim's Kitchen Bakery & More, McB's Farm, Nice Farms, Renko Sausage, Roberts' Farm Market, SK Herefords beef, Stone Hollow Farm & Carriage House Bakery, Stymus Farms along with other special guests/rotating vendors, including the award winning 810 Meadworks.
Products available on opening day include mead, pork, bacon, sausage, eggs, garlic, fresh herbs, olive oils, balsamic vinegar, pasta, vegetables, eggs, plants, mixes - dips, cake, brownie, sour & meal mixes, homemade candy, lamb, goat, rabbit, chicken, duck, pheasant, turkey, quail eggs, flowers, fruit, maple syrup, eggs, sausage, jerky, vegetables, cider, cinnamon buns, brownies, old fashioned donuts, scones and more.
Additional vendors will rotate into the market weekly with new and different offerings, including WNY wines, mead and craft beers and other items. Market gift certificates will also be available throughout the season for purchase.
The 2018 summer market will see the return of the 'Community Tent" and "Artisan's Tent."
"Last year, the Community Tent provided a place for local non-profits and community-based organizations to raise awareness about their particular programs and offerings." said Miller. Opening day will see the Medina Hospital and Cornell Cooperative Extension. "The hospital will offer information on various health-related issues. Cornell Coop will feature advice from Master Gardeners," said Miller.
The Artisan Tent will have a very special local feature on opening day. Local musician and skilled craftsman, Aaron Grabowski will be present with his blacksmith forge. Grabowski will demonstrate the forge and the making of hand-forged products of 18th century manor using his reproduction traveling blacksmith forge- all while clothed in 18th century garb. Grabowski was recently named a "Heritage Hero" for his local preservation work.
"If there are other groups who meet the criteria and would like to participate in Community Tent or the Music and Artisan Tents, please contact me." said miller "The market is a great hub for showcasing a variety of community activities."
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.
"Our goal at CVFM has been to do our part in making Downtown Medina absolutely alive on Saturday mornings. We encourage visitors to enjoy the market, take the food tour, and spend the entire day. There's so much to experience- shops, boutiques, pubs and restaurants; kayaks, canoes and paddle bikes on the canal; heritage tours around the village, the Train Museum- CVFM is thrilled to be part of Summer Saturdays in Medina. Medina is alive!"
The market is still interested in ?nding suitable artisans and musicians who might be interested in participating in the market. For additional information about visiting or participating in the 2018 Canal Village Farmers' Market, visit them on Facebook or email Gail Miller at [email protected]