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Summertime Blooms

Posted by on Sep 16, 2016 in Featured Farmers | 0 comments

When you visit the Williamsville Farmers Market, the kaleidoscope of colors you see from produce to flowers to artisan wares, will surely leave an impression with you. The Summertime Blooms stand at the Market is a like a life-size flower arrangement, full of brilliant color and beauty. But visiting the Summertime Blooms farm, with its row upon row of brilliant flowers, planted in sections of color was a site to behold. On our mid-summer visit to the farm, we saw fields of flowers planted both outdoors and inside the hot houses. And they were truly spectacular. Typically we are attracted to a bloom’s shape or color. Names like dahlia, lithianthus, snapdragon, delphinium and beebalm are strange and complex names that may or may not equate to a flower or color for us. But Linda O’Connor, who owns Summertime Blooms...

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Seabert Farms

Posted by on May 12, 2016 in Featured Farmers | 0 comments

It’s hard to miss Seabert Farms at the Market. They have an expansive table, manned by the owner himself, Ken Seabert. Seabert Farms is a 4th generation farm located in the town of Cambria, NY. For over 100 years, the Seabert family has been farming their land to bring fresh produce to your table. You can tell when you talk to the easy going Seabert patriarch, that he knows a bit about farming because he can tell you things like “when the dog eats grass, it’s a sign that we might be getting some rain.” We took a few trips out to Seabert Farms from the first plantings through the fall harvest. This particular season bore the challenge of early, abundant rains followed by high heat and extended dryness. But these are among the challenges farmers endure on any...

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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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