Weekly Feature

2018-06-13 / Front Page

Farmers Market to open Sunday


Residents can support area farmers and artisans while enjoying fresh produce at the Kenmore Farmers Market, which will open for the season on Father’s Day.

The market will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays, June 17 through Oct. 28, at the Kenmore Municipal Green on the corner of Delaware Avenue and Delaware Road.

“Every single week offers a collective of reliable weekly vendors but also offers something fun and new that you won’t want to miss,” said market manager Lauren Willett-Benson. “In addition to yoga, kids’ yoga, various storytellers, a kids’ tent, live music and a biweekly knitting circle, we have new vendors dropping in to join us every week.”

Also participating will be Tinkergarten, with outdoor hands-on activities twice this season; Wild Spirit Education, which will be bringing its birds of prey a couple of times; and specialty vendors and wineries, which will change weekly and often offer samples.

“You will have opportunities to give back to the community through valuable local nonprofit organizations, as well as opportunities to learn and grow. So bring a blanket or a chair and plan on lingering a bit. That’s how we build a stronger, more vibrant village,” Willett-Benson said.

The market will feature several Western New York farmers offering locally grown produce, maple syrup, eggs, biweekly sustainable beef and lamb, along with honey, quick breads, fresh-cut flowers, small-batch soaps and candles, herbal preparations and pet treats.

According to Willett-Benson, new to the market this season are some bakers and a farmer who grows salad bowls and micro greens.

She noted that one of the bakers specializes in traditional Italian cookies and other sweet treats, and another is an expert in vegan and gluten-free baked goods.

“We are so excited to be expanding our weekly wellness programming to include children’s yoga, story time by wonderful local storytellers and monthly visits from our amazing friends over at the Kenmore Branch Library. We are also working on coordinating adult wellness talks and education,” she said.

There will also be a biweekly knitting circle beginning in July, and music will take place each week starting at 11 a.m.

Now in its fourth season, Yoga on the Green will take place from 9 to 10 a.m. each Sunday, followed by children’s programming and then live music.

Willett-Benson has been teaching yoga for 11 years. She believes that offering a weekly donation-based practice makes yoga “accessible to a wider community and brings people together for a common purpose.”

“By the end of class, we all walk away a little more connected to ourselves and to one another, than when we began. I truly feel that a market’s mission is rooted in supporting wellness — through access to locally grown and produced foods along with programming and education — and building community. Our market strives to meet both needs in a fun and engaging way.”

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