By Eva Potter

Area farmers markets are slowly coming into full swing with stalls of fresh, locally grown spring produce. These places are tucked into all corners of the region, so take advantage of this season’s healthy offerings at a farmer’s market near you.

Here are some great locations to check out in Cattaraugus County. Pick up your 2014 loyalty card and earn punches at the Franklinville, Olean (Friday), and Salamanca markets with every purchase.

REAP Olean Farmers Market 

Downtown Olean in the JCC parking lot (under the arch)

Saturday, 8 a.m.–1 p.m.

May 17–Oct. 25

Olean’s longest-running farmers market in the heart of downtown Olean has made Saturdays at the market a weekly tradition. Farmers and growers offer their own fresh produce, farmstead cheese, eggs, grass-fed meats, pastured poultry, and a variety of homemade baked goods. You will also find locally-grown fruit throughout the season, local wine, nursery and bedding plants, fresh-cut flowers, and artisan quality crafts. Easy and convenient parking is available. Watch local media for upcoming live music, demonstrations, and visits from local animal shelters and local community organizations. SNAP EBT welcome.

Salamanca Farmers Market 

Jefferson Park at Park Avenue

Tuesday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

May 20–Oct. 28

The Salamanca Farmers Market has been the best source for locally-grown vegetables and fruit that are offered at the height of their freshness for over 25 years. This market provides one-stop shopping with convenient parking directly in front of the vendor tents. You’ll find a great selection of vegetables and fruit, eggs, maple and honey, pickles, Amish baked goods, jewelry, and fabric crafts. Each week features a new Recipe of the Week card to take home. EBT, WIC, FMNP, credit and debit cards welcome.

Franklinville Farmers Market

Park Square at Route 16 and Pine Street

Wednesday, 3–6 p.m.

May 21–Oct. 29

Franklinville’s market offers a wide variety of seasonal produce and fruits made available in a convenient location in the center of town. Choose from seasonal fruit, fresh eggs, delicious baked goods, maple and honey, tasty jams and jellies, pickles, mustards, sauces, and handcrafted wood items. Each week features a new Recipe of the Week card to take home. Stop and chat with vendors who look forward to saying hello and offering tips on food preparation and preservation. EBT, WIC, FMNP, credit and debit cards welcome.

Olean Southern Tier Farmers Market

Tractor Supply Parking Lot

1900 Constitution Ave., Olean

Friday, 2 p.m.–7 p.m.

May 23–Oct. 31

Include a stop at the Olean Southern Tier Farmers Market in your weekly grocery shopping. Choose from seasonal produce and fruit along with wonderful Amish baked goods, eggs, rabbit meat, pickles, honey, maple, jams and jellies, and more. This market also features a fine a selection of quality oak furniture and handcrafted artisan items. Each week features a new Recipe of the Week card to take home. EBT, WIC, FMNP, credit and debit cards welcome.

Nothing beats the taste of locally grown fruits and vegetables. Give them a try this year and you’ll never go back to grocery store produce again.