Area Farmers Markets Ready for Bountiful Season

Friday, May 17, 2013, marks the beginning of the farmers’ market season for four markets associated with the Southern Tier Farmers Market Group.

The Olean Southern Tier Farmers Market will open at Tractor Supply on Constitution Avenue in Olean at 2 p.m. There will be lots of annuals, vegetable plants and hanging baskets, as well as maple products, gourmet mustard, oak wood products, patio furniture and, of course, baked goods. There will also be early vegetables and herbs.

The Salamanca Farmers Market will be open starting at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 23 in Jefferson Park. New this year will be loyalty cards, which offer a discount after a specified number of purchases. EBT cards, as well as debit and credit cards are welcome at all markets. The Farmers Market Nutrition Program for WIC and Seniors begins on June 1 this year. The checks are available from the Cattaraugus County Department of Aging and the Cattaraugus County Department of Health for eligible families. Geraniums and cemetery planters will be available as well as maple products, honey, early vegetables and bedding plants.

The Franklinville Market will open the following week on May 29 in Park Square. Opening earlier this year than in previous years will allow our Franklinville friends to shop for plants and early vegetables. This market will be able to accept FMNP checks from WIC and Seniors as well as EBT.

The fourth market operated by this group is in Belmont beginning Thursday, May 23. There are several new vendors signed up for this market including a baker, patio furniture, handmade jewelry and Amish leather goods. Returning vendors offer vegetables and fruits, honey, maple products, eggs, embroidery, Nunda mustard and patio furniture.

Farmers’ markets allow consumers to purchase locally grown and produced food, plants and craft items. By purchasing from a farmers’ market, you save on transportation, packaging and middleman costs.

Be sure to have a conversation with the vendors at market and ask about their growing methods, their farms and their families. Ample, convenient parking is available at all sites.  Market vendors look forward to seeing established friends and making new ones!

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