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New 2015 Hours and Location

Posted by on Apr 13, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

The Williamsville Farmers Marketing has announced that it will extend its hours of operation and will also be moving to a new location for its 2015 season. For the 2015 season, the Market will be open each Saturday May 16th – October 31st between the hours of 8:00 am – 1:00 pm. The Market will move from its usual home on Spring Street over to Island Park. The move is a result of the construction associated with Williamsville’s “Picture Main Street” initiative, which is aimed at calming traffic and making the busy street more pedestrian- and business-friendly. The initiative’s plans include extending sidewalks at intersections; installing a new type of traffic signal; installing “refuge islands” in Main Street’s turning lanes; and lowering the speed limit in some places....

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Stymus Farm

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 in Featured Farmers | 0 comments

We took a drive out to Stymus Farms on a cloudy day in late June to talk with Ed Stymus and his grandsons Trevor and Cody. The Stymus’ have been farming their land since the 1920’s and are now in their 4th generation of farming. The rain was falling on and off as we took a walk around the farm, which is 500 acres; they farm 250 of those acres. We passed row after row of lettuce, Swiss chard, and kale greens, and seemingly endless varieties of vegetables including snap beans, sweet peas, kohlrabi, and beets, before ducking into some ‘cold frame’ tunnels. The tunnels housed strawberries, tomatoes, cucumbers, gherkins for pickles, zucchini, and several varieties of herbs, and greens. The cold frame tunnels we learned intensified the heat. Each one also was equipped with a small furnace. The...

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Dan Childs

Posted by on May 3, 2014 in Featured Farmers | 0 comments

A natural entrepreneur, Dan Childs began selling wild blueberries he picked from the family farm in Humphry, NY and sold them door-to-door in South Buffalo at the tender age of six. Still as a youngster, Dan then developed a bicycle route in East Aurora selling summer squash he grew and also sold the surplus in front of Loblaw’s or the old East Aurora railroad station. Dan’s family had begun planting blueberries in the 1970’s at their farm, and in 1985, led by his father Bob Childs, Child’s Blueberries was born! Dan made the decision to leave corporate America behind to learn farming through a formal education, reading every “blueberry document” he could get his hands on, and the real-world farmer’s “school of hard knocks.” Dan’s wife Carrie, along with several other family members, help run the family farm. They...

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Mrowka Farm

Posted by on May 3, 2014 in Featured Farmers | 0 comments

We’d like to extend a warm “Hello” to the Mrowka Farm family of Lockport, one of the market’s original farmers from day one in 2007, who sadly lost their cherry crop this year due to the unseasonable hot temperatures in March that were followed by yet another freeze. They’re unable to be with the Market this year, and we dearly miss them and look forward to their return next market season! The farm tractor in the distance was rumbling slowly towards us as we stood overlooking the 114 acres known as Mrowka Farm on a crisp, sunny April day on Lower Mountain Road in Lockport. Getting off his tractor, third generation farmer Frank Mrowka greeted my husband Phil and I with a hearty handshake before leading us on a walking tour through deep tractor ruts woven over time throughout his...

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