Medina will welcome new farmers’ market on Saturday

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 7 July 2015 at 12:00 am

Photo by Tom Rivers – The parking lot at the corner of West Avenue and West Center Street, formerly used by a bank, will be used for a farmers’ market on Saturdays beginning July 11 and continuing through late October.

MEDINA – A new farmers’ market will debut this Saturday in downtown Medina.

The market came together after news that a previous market in the Canal Basin wouldn’t continue this year in Medina or Albion. That market was open from late June to late October for 10 years.

The new Canal Village Farmers’ Market won’t be in the Canal Basin. It will set up in a parking lot owned by the Orleans Renaissance Group at the corner of West Center Street and West Avenue. It’s across the Post Office in a busy part of Medina.

Gail Miller is the volunteer coordinator of the market, which will have about 10 vendors. That includes four or five farms, two meat producers, honey, tea, art from the local Wide Angle Art Gallery and music on some Saturdays, including opening day on July 11. The market will be open every Saturday for about four months from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Miller said the market will be convenient for residents, especially for people in the downtown who may not have transportation to the grocery stores. The market also gives farmers a venue for selling their fruits and vegetables.

“I’m hoping being in a busy trafficked area will draw more people to the market,” Miller said.

Miller said more vendors are welcome to contact her at 585-798-3904.

She said ORG members Chris Busch and Cindy Robinson pushed to have the market in the downtown. Busch created the name and designed the logo for the market.

Miller grew up on a farm in Cambria in neighboring Niagara County. She said Orleans County is a rural area with many farms.

“The local farmers need a place to sell their goods,” Miller said. “It will be convenient for the public to have them in one spot.”