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Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 5:18 pm

Genesee County Farmers' Market in the Downs' parking lot opens Tuesday, June 10

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Press release:

The Genesee County Farmers' Market opens for the season on Tuesday, June 10, at the Batavia Downs parking lot on Park Avenue. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday and Fridays, through Oct. 31.

"The market is celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year," says Market Manager Mike Bakos, "This market is the original Farmers' Market in Genesee County and remains a 'Grow Your Own' market featuring locally grown produce and specialty items. The vendors are planning many special events to celebrate this milestone anniversary."

  • Kids' Day -- July 25
  • Wine & Beer Day -- Aug. 22
  • Ladies' Day -- Sept. 19

Parties interested in joining the market to become a seasonal vendor or day vendor may contact Sharon Brent at (716) 560-0853 or by e-mail at   sharon_brent@hotmail.com

Qualifying charities, service groups, or 501c3 organizations that would like to participate in the market may obtain a "FREE" market stall by contacting the market at (716) 866-4958 or by e-mail at   mbakos@rochester.rr.com

Friday, July 26, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Photos: Nature's bounty at the Genesee Country Farmers Market

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Justine and Shayna Lawrence with Aubrey were among the shoppers showing up this afternoon for the Genesee Country Farmers Market at Batavia Downs.

The market is open on Tuesday and Fridays in the Downs parking lot.

All of the produce is grown by the vendors themselves and they displayed well-stocked tables today.

Below, the little red-headed girl holding an ear of corn is 2-year-old Alice, of Oakfield.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 12:36 pm

Downtown Batavia Public Market opens Thursday

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Press release:

BRING YOUR FEET DOWNTOWN AND MAKE HEALTHY CHOICES! The Batavia Business Improvement District announces the opening of the Downtown Batavia Public Market on Thursday, June 20 and runs through Sept. 26. The market is open from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., every Thursday and is located at the corner of Center & Ellicott (Rte 63) streets in Downtown Batavia.

Conveniently located in the center of our city, visit our market before you do your regular shopping to be sure your food is the freshest and that your dollars remain local. Now entering its eighth year, the public market has grown and changed to become a staple of the Downtown.

The market this season will have the following vendors providing fresh baked goods, a wide variety of produce and fruits herbs, flowers, maple syrup, dip mixes, dog treats, BBQ sauce, handmade quilts and other items. Plus, pulled pork sandwiches, Italian sausage, hot dogs and hamburgers for lunchtime at the market. Look for the colorful umbrellas.

Vendors include: Alston’s BBQ Sauce; Athena’s Bakery & Dog Treats; Crazy Quilts; Irene’s Variety; Karen’s Yarn Paper & Scissors; Nice Farms; Stymus Farms; and Schwab Farms.

If you would like to know more about how to participate in the Downtown Public Market, please contact Don Burkel at the BID at 585-344-0900 or email dburkel@downtownbataviany.com for local food, fun, and familiar faces!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 10:31 am

Hochul marks Farmers Market Week with visit to market at Batavia Downs

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It's national Famers Market Week and to help commerate the event, Rep. Kathy Hochul stopped by the Genesee County Farmers Market in the Batavia Downs parking lot this morning.

Above, Hochul buys flowers from Kathryn Schneider, as mother Dana looks on. Dana Schneider is owner of Stonehouse Acres. Hochul told Kathryn that she worked in her mother's flower shop as a child as did her daughter. "See, you can learn a lot selling flowers," Hochul told Kathryn.

Below, Hochul is greeted by another constitutent and a couple of pictures of flowers and corn for sale today at the market.

Sunday, March 4, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Farmers, artists, vintners and crafters sought for seventh annual Batavia Downtown Public Market

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Press release:

MAKE HEALTHY CHOICES! This year, the Batavia Business Improvement District is excited to begin the planning for the Batavia Downtown Public Market that runs from June 21 to Sept 27. We are looking for farms, wineries, artists and craftsmen to participate.

Conveniently located in the downtown, visit our market before you do your regular shopping to be sure your food is the freshest and that your dollars remain local. Now entering its seventh year, the public market has grown and changed to become a staple of the downtown.

Although public markets have now become quite the trend, the goal is the same. People want the tradition of heading to the market to buy fresh, quality foods and wine and unique crafts from local farms and craftspersons. There is a desire to feel connected to their community.

Batavia has a unique geographic advantage because it bridges two major sales markets, Rochester and Buffalo. It also has four major routes that converge within the city – Routes 5, 33, 63 and 98.

Unlike some public markets which are tucked in a small lot or out of public view, the Batavia Downtown Public Market is located at the corner of Ellicott Street (Route 63) and Center Street, right in the center of the downtown. According to the Department of Transportation, over 15,000 cars drive past the market daily. Public parking is plentiful and easy to find.

The Business Improvement District, otherwise known as the BID, is a nonprofit organization made up of downtown property owners and tenants dedicated to economic and cultural revitalization that is above and beyond what the municipality can do.

A public market that is in the center of town creates a sense of place and belonging. Going back to our roots, farmer’s markets are one of the oldest forms of direct marketing for small farms, wineries and other businesses.

Farms, large or small, wineries, or artists/craftsmen that would like to sell their homemade crafts are welcome to participate.

If you would like to know more about the BID in general or how to participate in the Downtown Public Market or the autumn Wine Walk, please contact Laurie Oltramari at the BID at 585-344-0900 or email LOltramari@downtownbataviany.com.

Visit your downtown FARMACY for local food, fun and familiar faces!

Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 9:35 pm

Photos: Downtown Public Market, Batavia

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First goal after leaving the court house around noon -- getting a pulled pork sandwich from Alston's at the Downtown Public Market. Second goal, photos at the market.

Both goals accomplished.

And I also learned that Alston's now participates in the Genesee Country Farmers Market at Batavia Downs. That market is open on Tuesdays and Fridays, but Alston's is only there on Fridays.

The downtown market appears to be doing very well this year. There was certainly a great selection New York fruits and vegetables to "heart."

Thursday, June 16, 2011 at 11:45 am

Le Roy Farmers' Market's fifth season!

LeRoy Farmers’ Market is pleased to announce its fifth year of offering fresh, seasonal and local produce and products to the LeRoy community! Opening day is 8:30 a.m. Saturday, June 25, in the Bank Street parking lot behind McDonald’s.

There are 19 vendors this year to provide eggs, cheese, baked goods, coffee and tea, soap, honey, flowers, wine, BBQ pork sandwiches, herbs, maple syrup, nut butters, naturally grown frozen beef, made to order hot dogs and hamburgers, and fruits and vegetables. 

The market is happy to welcome back Mellander's Maple. Dennis Mellander returned from his sugar bush in Allegany County with a good supply of Maple syrup and maple products. In addition, he will be offering nut butters from Once Again Nut Butters from Nunda, including, sunflower butter, almond butter, cashew butter and organic butters. Stop in and have a sample!

New to the Market this year is D’s Franks, Gabby’s Pumpkin Patch from Oakfield, Stony Creek Flower Farm and Zantopeia Herb Garden, both from Caledonia.

Diane Strock of D’s Franks, has offered made to order hot dogs, hamburgers and sausage for three years at several locations from her mobile food trailer. She uses Zweigle hot dogs and locally made hot sauce. She also offers hot coffee and cold bottled water and soda.

Another addition to the many local farms at the Market is Gabby’s Pumpkin Patch from Oakfield. Patricia Gibsons’ family farm offers seasonal produce including kale, sugar snap peas, turnips, pumpkins, gourds, parsnips and fresh-cut herbs. 

Fresh-cut flowers from Linda Driscoll at Stony Creek Flower Farm in Caledonia are a beautiful addition to the LeRoy Farmers’ Market. Linda will also offer bouquets and dried flowers.

Drew Zantopf of Zantopeia Herb Farm in Caladonia, will be offering a variety of potted herbs and plants for the first market only. Come early for the best selection!

Every Saturday there will be entertainment. On opening day, June 25, the market will welcome back Bev Hess. She plays some of our favorite songs on her keyboard and is very entertaining!

The LeRoy Farmers’ Market is open from 8:30 to 12:30 every Saturday morning June 25 until mid-October. Our market participates in the New York Nutrition Program and some vendors participate with New York State WIC program. Please check our website www.leroyfarmersmarket.org for information, or our fan page on Facebook for weekly updates and special happenings.

(Thank you to my LFM advertising partner -- Catherine Rhoads -- for the content!)

Thursday, July 15, 2010 at 5:58 pm

Genesee Country Farmers Market

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Come on down to the Batavia Downs parking lot, at 8315 Park Road in Batavia, for the Genesee Country Farmers Market! It will last from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Fresh, locally grown veggies, flowers and baked goods will be for sale. The market takes place every Tuesday and Friday through Oct. 29.

For more details, call Market Manager Paul Fenton at 343-9491.

Event Date and Time

July 20, 2010 - 8:00am - 5:00pm
Friday, June 4, 2010 at 7:32 pm

Le Roy Farmers' Market opens June 26

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The Le Roy Farmers' Market opens June 26 at Leroy's Bank St. Parking Lot -- behind McDonald's and Pontillo's Pizzeria.

Hours are 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. every Saturday.

Local vendors will be selling farm-fresh fruits, veggies, meat, cheese, eggs, maple syrup, bread, popcorn, honey, baked goods, coffee and tea goods, cut flowers, soap and more. The market will also feature live music as well as cooking and craft demos.

For further details, e-mail LeRoyFarmersMarket@gmail.com or visit their website at <leroyfarmersmarket.org>.

Friday, June 4, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Le Roy Farmers' Market opens June 26

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The Leroy Farmers' Market opens on Saturday, June 26 at Le Roy's Bank Street parking lot -- behind McDonald's and Pontillo's Pizzeria.

Hours are 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. every Saturday.

Local vendors will be farm-fresh fruits, veggies, meat, cheese, eggs, maple syrup, bread, popcorn, honey, baked goods, coffee and tea goods, cut flowers, soap and more. The market will also feature live music as well as cooking and craft demos.

For further details, e-mail LeRoyFarmersMarket@gmail.com or visit their website at <leroyfarmersmarket.org>.

Event Date and Time

June 26, 2010 - 9:00am - 1:00pm
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