The Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market is heading to the Buffalo State campus this winter. The market committee, in partnership with the Elmwood Village Association and SUNY Buffalo State, has announce business as usual in an indoor location that will help a number of of the purveyors to continue selling their products even when the weather turns to chillier temps.
“The inaugural winter market will run on Dec. 5, 12 and 19 before taking a two-week vacation during the holidays, and will then resume on Jan. 9 and run through the end of April,” said Stewart Ritchie, president of the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market board of directors. “We are extremely excited to have found a nearby location to accommodate our vendors, and we now look forward to serving our loyal customers year-round thanks to our new winter location.”
This is great news for everyone who hates to see the farmers market wrap up in the fall. Starting December 5, people can head to Buckham Hall on the Buffalo State campus, 1300 Elmwood Avenue, to load up on wholesome, locally yielded provisions.
“The Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market is a long-standing and much-beloved part of the Elmwood Village community, and we are thrilled to see the market expand to a year-round endeavor,” said Carly Battin, executive director of the Elmwood Village Association. “Access to fresh fruits and vegetables and locally-made food and beverages is both an asset to residents and a wonderful way to support and foster our local farmers and small businesses. We’re very pleased and thankful that SUNY Buffalo State is opening up their campus to provide this neighborhood amenity, and hope that this market continues to strengthen the bond between the campus and the surrounding community.”
Buckham Hall is located on Rockwell Road near Grant Street, which essentially adds to the draw of the Grant-Amherst business district. Between 15 and 20 vendors will set up each Saturday between 10 am and 2 pm. The market will run through April 30, 2016. There is free parking on campus.
“Buffalo State is very excited about hosting the winter farmers’ market,” added Susan A. McCartney, special advisor to the Provost for Economic Development at Buffalo State. “The market represents an exceptional economic eco-system: local, sustainable and entrepreneurial. Further, the winter market will benefit our campus constituents, our neighbors and our community. Plus, our residential students are going to love it!”