MEDINA - The Canal Village Farmers' Market kicked off its second season Saturday with 11 vendors at the corner of West Center Street and West Avenue.
Nearly 400 people ventured into the market Saturday morning, finding local beef, pork, bacon, sausage, eggs; fresh-harvested local vegetables and berries of every kind, along with fresh breads, baked goods, honey, maple syrup, oils, vinegars, cut flowers, jams, jellies and mead.
"We had a beautiful day and very respectable start with close to 400 customers," said market manager, Gail Miller. "We normally see 500-700 people, but we had some serious competition with Medina'a annual community-wide yard sale and chicken barbecue."
Returning to the market this year are Roberts Farm Market, Paneks Pickin' Patch, Stymus Farms, Bob Renko Sausages, SK Herefords, 810 Meadworks, The Shirt Factory Cafe, Sweet Source Bakery and the English Rose Tea Shoppe.
Several new vendors were seen at the market, among them was Baker Farms from Beals Road in Medina. Baker specializes in pork products- bacon, sausage and fresh eggs, and enjoyed tremendous success their first day at the market. Also new to the market was Stone Hollow Farm of Middleport. The popular bakery features fresh-made pies, cakes, pastries and a substantial variety of fresh-baked breads.
"We're thrilled to be opening our second season with so many terrific new additions," said Gail Miller. "As the season progresses, we will have even more to offer."
A relatively new Main Street business in Medina and newcomer to the market, Herbalty Cottage is a specialty shop selling organic herbs, teas, spices, gourmet olive oils and vinegars. They also sell Himalayan salt lamps.
Another Medina Main Street favorite and new to the market was The Bread Basket- bakers of scones, pastries, croissants, cakes and breads and operated by Lissa Stewart-Jones. They also offer a large variety of fresh-baked boules.
Every Saturday the market features anywhere from 11 to 13 regular vendors. Additional vendors will rotate into the market weekly with new and different offerings, including Niagara Wine Trail wines, mead and craft beers. Miller said there will be about 20+ vendors in total throughout the market season, which continues through October. Other activities are planned such as cooking demos and family-oriented events.
The market operates under the auspices of the Orleans Renaissance Group, Inc. of Medina, and continues each Saturday through October from 8:00AM to 1:00PM.