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Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market to open on Saturday, May 10

Several new vendors, talented local entertainers and two Wellness Weekends held in partnership with the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo will highlight the 2014 season at the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market. The selling season kicks off on Saturday, May 10, and runs through Saturday, Nov. 29. Hours at the open-air venue in Buffalo’s Elmwood Village are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine.

Please note that the market will begin the season on the east side of Elmwood Avenue, directly across the street from its usual location. The move is expected to be temporary and is due to lawn maintenance.

The market, a program of the Elmwood Village Association, now features nearly 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 2014 include Biscotti for Everybotti, BreadHive Worker Cooperative Bakery and Kwilos Farm.

Elmwood-Bidwell is a producer-only market, meaning that 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.

This season, the market will feature local entertainment groups every Saturday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., weather permitting. Two 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 19 and Aug. 23. Visitors are encouraged to participate in a wide variety of free health-related activities.

The market’s Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) system, which allows individuals and families receiving public assistance to purchase products from eligible market vendors, will be in place once again this season. Information is available each week at the Elmwood Village vendor tent during market hours, and additional EBT incentive programs are often available throughout the season.

The Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market would also like to congratulate local artist Jasmine Fiscus, winner of the market’s annual poster competition. Her poster is on display in stores and restaurants throughout the Elmwood Village, and will be featured on signage at the market.

For a complete list of vendors, entertainers and special events, visit www.elmwoodmarket.org. Frequent updates are also available by following the market on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ElmwoodBidwellFarmersMarket.


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