Going into the eigth week of its inaugural year, the Canal Village Farmers' Market in Medina has been averaging a steady crowd of over 500 patrons a week. Market manager, Gail Miller credits a good location and a variety of high-quality vendors and products.
"Our customers both old and new really appreciate the products that are available at CVFM and our accessible location. We're growing every week. Its fast becoming part of people's Saturday morning routine- visit the market and browse downtown."
Market patrons will be treated to some special events this Saturday. "Bee at the Market" is a special market event, born of a partnership between Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County and CVFM vendor Sunrise Bee Apiaries of Elba, NY.
"We're very excited to have 'Bee at the Market' this week! There will be lots of really exciting and interesting activities for kids that they won't want to miss," said Miller.
"Bee at the Market" will feature live bee demo box, clothes and equipment beekeepers use, video presentations on bees and honey-making, games and prizes, educational material, samples of honey, honey play dough, and much more for kids to enjoy. The event will run from 8:00am to 1:00pm.
"We'll also be having a cooking demonstration from local Mexican restaurant, Mariachi de Oro, also very exciting! They will be demonstrating tortilla and salsa making." Fresh Mexican Salsas will be demonstrated by Leonel Rosario, chef and proprietor, El Mariachi de Oro restaurant, Medina. The demo will is scheduled for 10:00 am - Noon and is sponsored by the Farmers, Food and Folkways project, supporting demonstrations of regional cuisine at farm markets in the GLOW region.
The demo, dubbed "Farmers, Food and Folkways" will be presented through GoArt (Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council) and the Arts Council for Wyoming County and is scheduled for 10:00am to 12:00pm. Miller suggests checking the Canal Village Farmers' Market Facebook page for updates.
810 Meadworks - "WNY's first and finest meadery" has been a successful vendor at the market, offering samples of mead. This week, Miller said there will be a new addition offering some of the Niagara Wine Trail's best wines.
"Victorianbourg Wine Estate from Wilson will be at the market. They have a very nice selection of wines with something for everyone. Saturday is going to be a very special day at CVFM!"
Current produce featured at the market comes from from Paneks Pickin' Patch, Roberts Farm Market, Stymus Farms, SK Herefords (beef), Sunrise Bees (honey). Other vendors include Shirt Factory Cafe, Sweet Source Bakery, Wide Angle Art Gallery, The Old English Tea and Bob Renko Sausage products. Renko will also be cooking sausage at the market.
Vegetables and fruit available include kale, colored beets, regular beets, celery, lettuce, Swiss chard, kholrabi, zucchini, yellow squash, patty pan squash, eggplant, cabbage, beans, peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, cucumbers, garlic, cantaloupe, strawberries, apples, and peaches.
Also featured- locally raised beef, fresh cut flowers, plants, local honey, honey candles, honey soap, jam, and baked goods of all kinds.
The market is managed by Gail Miller and is sponsored by the Orleans Renaissance Group, Inc.