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Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market to Kick Off 17th Season on Saturday, May 9
Events, Families, Health
Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market to Kick Off 17th Season on Saturday, May 9

 

An enhanced EBT program, three new vendors, talented local entertainers and two Wellness Weekends will highlight the 2015 season at the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market. The selling season kicks off on Saturday, May 9, and runs through Saturday, Nov. 28. Hours at the open-air venue in Buffalo’s historic Elmwood Village are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine. 

A program of the Elmwood Village Association, the market features more than 40 vendors selling fruits, vegetables, baked goods, organics, fresh meat, cut flowers, wine, craft beer, eggs, dairy, honey, cheese and much more. Products available at the market are always fresh, seasonal and local. New vendors in 2015 include K&B Farm, Kindred Kreek and Niagara Distilling Company.

Again this year, the market will act on its mission to provide increased access to fresh, healthy food by offering an EBT program and by participating in the “Double Up Food Bucks” and “Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables!” programs. The market’s Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) system allows individuals and families receiving public assistance to purchase products from eligible market vendors. EBT sponsors include the Lexington Co-operative Market, Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo and the Erie-Niagara Tobacco-Free Coalition. 

The “Double Up Food Bucks” program is back for a second season, and will be available at the market from July 4 through the end of October. The program provides low-income individuals who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits with a $1 for $1 match to purchase fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables. 

"We are thrilled to be offering the program again this season at the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market,” said Lisa Tucker, co-founder and executive director of Field & Fork Network. “Elmwood-Bidwell was one of the top markets during our program pilot in 2014, and we had an overwhelmingly positive response to the program from both customers who were able to increase their buying power and from the farmers who benefit from the redirection of federal food assistance dollars into the local food economy." 

The Food Bank of Western New York’s “Just Say Yes to Fruits and Vegetables!” program, coming to the market from July through September, is a federally funded SNAP-Ed program through New York State. The goal of this obesity prevention nutrition education initiative is to promote fruit and vegetable consumption. A Registered Dietitian will be present at the market each week to conduct nutrition education workshops with the public and provide nutritious recipes involving fruits and vegetables for participants to sample. The weekly recipes will utilize local seasonal produce and give participants “health bucks” which can be exchanged for produce from the farmers at the market. The program is free and open to any customers of the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market.  

“The Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market is the perfect place to conduct group nutrition education,” said Sarah Stimpson, RD, CDN, nutrition resource manager at the Food Bank of WNY. “The ‘Just Say Yes’ program is fun and interactive and will benefit both the customers and the farmers at the market. The Registered Dietitian will give customers new recipe ideas for the produce available at the market each week, which could also increase sales for the farmers. I am thrilled to be involved with such a great opportunity in Western New York.”  

The May 9 opening of the market will coincide with Buffalo Porchfest, organized by the Elmwood Village Association, which will take place from 1 to 6 p.m. throughout the Elmwood Village area. Porchfest is a community-driven event focused on showcasing local musicians and highlighting historic architecture. Please visit www.buffaloporchfest.org for more information.

This season the market will feature local entertainment every Saturday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., weather permitting. Three community groups will also host informational tables each week. Two Wellness Lane events — sponsored by the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo — will be held on July 18 and Aug. 15. Visitors are encouraged to participate in a wide variety of free health-related activities.

Local artist Kristin Derby is the winner of the market’s annual poster competition. Her poster will be on display in stores and restaurants throughout the Elmwood Village, and will be featured on signage at the market. A limited number of posters will be available at the market and at the Elmwood Village Association office, free of charge, while supplies last.

About the Elmwood Village Association & Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market

The mission of the Elmwood Village Association is to work with businesses and residents to improve the quality of life for the entire community, with an emphasis on the district of Buffalo ranging from North Street to Forest Avenue and Richmond Avenue to Delaware Avenue. Founded in 1994, EVA represents residents and property owners in the Elmwood area, and sponsors an array of community events, including the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market, the Picnic in the Parkway Summer Concert Series and neighborhood beautification. 

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market is a producer-only market, meaning all vendors grow or produce what they sell — no middlemen and no compromises. Patrons know they are dealing directly with the source, helping to create a diverse and healthy local economy. For more information regarding the market, please visit www.elmwoodmarket.org. Frequent updates are also available by following the market on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ElmwoodBidwellFarmersMarket. 

EVA’s corporate offices are located at 1068 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, N.Y. 14222. For more information, contact: phone: 716.881.0707; fax: 716.881.0708; email: carly@elmwoodvillage.org; website: www.elmwoodvillage.org.

 
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