Medina farmers’ market shifts to holiday theme through Dec. 18

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 8 November 2021 at 8:30 am

Photos by Ginny Kropf: Gail Miller of Medina, left, chair of the Canal Village Farmer’s Market poses with some of the year-round vendors on Saturday, as they get ready for the Holiday Market now through Dec. 18. With her are Hannah Pollard from the Catherine Street Bakery, Shauna Gardner from Gardner’s Gardens, Ron Human from Appleton Produce, Rose Baker from Baker Farms and Leah Steverson from Papa Thom’s Rockin’ Bagels.

MEDINA – The Canal Village Farmers’ Market has adopted a new look for the fall season, with start of their “Holiday Market” through Dec. 18.

Effective immediately, the market will welcome new vendors with a variety of new products, most suitable as gifts for the Christmas season, said market chair Gail Miller.

One of the vendors selling his wares is Luke Price of Lyndonville, with his son Camden at the market on Saturday. He converts old vinyl records into keepsakes.

Many of the regular vendors will also continue, including Baker Farms with meat, garlic products, onions and bread from Stone Hollow; Catherine Street Bakery with homemade pies, cookies, tarts, oatmeal bars, cake, jam and decorated cupcakes; Gardner’s Gardens with herb blends, fudge jams and jellies, confections, tea blends and popcorn; Human Farms with produce, barbecue sauces, spices and crafts; Papa Thom’s Rockin’ Bagels with pretzels and coffee from the Shirt Factory Café; and several arts and crafts vendors.

Year-round arts and crafts vendors include Hate Cuddlers Crafts with soaps, shampoo bars, salt scrubs and spa items; Karen Kaiser with handmade jewelry and crocheted items; and Viva LaVinyl with holiday items, book ends, bowls, bracelets and lawn ornaments made from old vinyl records.

Independent consultants at the market are Tastefully Simple seasoning blends, Tupperware, Pink Zebra home décor and fragrant waxes, Meltology handcrafted and organic wax melts and candles and Papparazzi bracelets, necklaces and rings. Flashy for $5 is a vendor from Webster whose jewelry is all $5.

Nov. 27 will be a very special day on the market, when vendors will include Usborne Books for children, a macrame vendor, Sun and Crow artist and Leonard Oakes Estate Winery, along with many of the old favorites. They also expect a vendor to have a selection of Christmas wreaths and they would like to find someone who has Christmas trees.

The Canal Village Market was an idea initially springing from a conversation between Chris Busch, president of ORG, Miller and Cindy Robinson. ORG agreed to sponsor a market and the first one opened in 2015.

These lawn ornaments were made out of vinyl records by Luke Price of Lyndonville.

“Customers have been terrific, but this year is one of the best years,” Miller said. “Customers have been tremendous and we’ve had more vendors.”

Every customer who makes a purchase from a vendor gets a raffle ticket, on which he can put his name and phone number and deposit it at the market booth. On Dec. 11, a winner will be drawn and will receive an item from every vendor.

Each week the market holds a scavenger hunt for young children, and they really have a lot of fun with that, Miller said. She added the market is looking for a sponsor for the hunt each week.

Busch added the market is looking for a sponsor for next year. He said Berkshire Hathaway Zambito HomeServices, Realtors has agreed to sponsor music for the entire season next year.

After the holiday season, the market will continue to be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday with a selection of winter foods. They accept credit cards, WIC, Senior Farmers Markets Nutrition Program and SNAP.