Farmers’ Market in Medina will stay on Main Street at former NAPA site for summer

Photos by Ginny Kropf: Jason Michalski of Medina, left, buys two hanging baskets Saturday from Ronald Human and his grandson Bradley at the Canal Village Farmers’ Market.

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 14 May 2023 at 11:16 am

MEDINA – Bright sunshine and warm weather brought a steady stream of visitors to the Canal Village Farmers’ Market on Saturday.

The market has been set up all winter in the former NAPA Auto Parts Store owned by Craig Lacy, and plans to stay there for the summer. Lacy is hoping to find a use for the building, and at such time, the market would return to its former location at the corner of West Center Street and West Avenue.

The summer season officially begins June 3, and will have new features and new vendors, Miller said.

Vendors from throughout the Medina area will offer a variety of foods, entertainment and activities.

Current vendors, some of which are regulars and others which come every other week, are Baker Farm, meat eggs and garlic powder; Bower Family Farm and Greenhouse, micro greens; Catherine Street Bakers, baked goods and jams; Dot’s Pantry (every other week), specialty savory relishes, jams, dressings and chutney; Flint’s Maple Products; Gardner’s Gardens Gourmet jams, fudge, cakes, herb blends and gourmet popcorn; Heartland Organics, mushrooms, organic coffee with Lions’ Mane, dried ground mushrooms and mushroom jerky; and Human Farms, asparagus and rhubarb (in season),eggs, chicken, barbecue sauce, spices, flower and tomato plants and other seasonal vegetables.

Also, LockRidge Apiary, honey; LynOaken Farms, 810 Meadworks, Black Button Distilling, Schulze Vineyards and Wintery and Mountain Mule Ciderhouse; Panek’s Pickin’ Patch, fruits and vegetables; and Flower Fields Forever, flower bouquets.

(Left) Erica Waniecski, left, and Michael Klepp, both Master Gardeners, manned the non-profit table for Cornell Cooperative Extension at the Canal Village Farmers’ Market. (Right) Canal Village Farmers’ Market manager Gail Miller watches Chloe Hill, 10, and Tegan Hill, 8, choose a prize for completing a scavenger hunt at the market on Saturday.

Dot’s Pantry also has several favorite items, including local cheese and Buffalo pepper products, as well as taking orders for perogies.

In addition, a space is reserved each week for a non-profit which wants to set up an informational table. Oak Orchard Health, Orleans Community Health and Master Gardeners are some who take advantage of this opportunity to inform the public, and more are being scheduled, Miller said.

This week, the community booth featured Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardeners, Erica Wanecski and Michael Klepp, who provided information on spring lawn care, pollinating, insects and native plants.

Cathie Valley oversees a Kids’ Tent, which provides fun activities for young children who accompany their parents to the market. A scavenger hunt keeps children busy and provides an opportunity to win a prize for finding all the items.

Arts and crafts will also be available at the market, including Rust and Dust Fabrication, 3BeesWax, pottery and more.

Randy Reese with Canalside Radio will begin broadcasting from the market on June 10.

Local realtor Rita Zambito will sponsor music at the market, featuring local musicians and groups.

The market is sponsored by Orleans Renaissance Group. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.