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2015-06-05 / Front Page

Kenmore Farmers Market slated to open

by NAOMI SPENCER
Editor

Village residents will once again have fresh produce within walking distance with the opening of the Kenmore Farmers Market, slated for Saturday, June 20.

The Farmers Market takes place from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Saturday through Oct. 31 on the village green, located in front of the Municipal Building, 2919 Delaware Ave.

In addition to produce, there are also flowers, breads, pasta, baked goods and crafts for sale, said Kathleen Johnson, village clerk/treasurer.

“People love coming and checking out the produce,” said Johnson, noting that the market has a regular following. “In the fall there are all the pumpkins, and during this type of year it’s getting into the berries. It’s fun to follow the market throughout the year to see the different offerings.”

She added, “That’s one of the beauties of having a walkable community. It’s in the center of the village. People bring their kids, and it’s a really nice thing to do on a Saturday morning.”

The Kenmore Farmers Market is funded by the village and coordinated by two volunteers: Katie Finamore and Lori White.

It was begun in 2000 by then-Trustee Patrick Mang, now the mayor of Kenmore, who thought it would be a way to bring the community together.

“He just thought it would be a wonderful community thing to get people outside and to encourage people to take advantage of our local farmers and produce,” said Johnson. “He thought Kenmore would be a great fit for this type of thing.”

It was first located in the municipal parking lot. Three years later, it moved to its current location to increase its visibility, according to the village’s website.

The opening day of the market will be in conjunction with Discover Delaware, a sidewalk sale featuring Kenmore businesses and eateries. During this event, a portion of Delaware Avenue will be shut down.

The week after that, on June 27, the market will be in conjunction with the opening of Kenmore Days. At 11 a.m. Nels Ross, a juggler, will be performing, and at noon Nickle City Reptiles and Exotics will be visiting.

The market is eligible for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, a federal public food assistance program, said Johnson.

“I’d encourage people to come out and check out our market,” she said, adding that it finishes out the last weekend in October, which is also the day of the village’s annual Halloween party.

email: nspencer@beenews.com

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