A collaborative effort is underway in downtown Buffalo with the 28th year of their market. There are several farmers and specialty vendors woking here in the central business district. The market is a part of the Pride of New York. They promise 100% New York grown produce. At the beginning of the season, vendors must provide a list of items they intend to grow and sell at the market. Then, the market manager checks their booth to ensure they are only selling those products. This helps them to have a wide variety of products.

Dan Childs spoke with us about his blueberry farm.  If you remember, we spoke with his mom and dad earlier in the day at a different market.  He said, “Cornell Extension helps out so much with literature and education.  It’s an integral part of our production.”  He mentioned Marvin Pritts and other Extension professionals he works with at Cornell.  His dad, Robert, was even cited in the Highbush Blueberry production manual published by NRAES.

Things we learned:
-Prices were more in line with the cost of production at this farmer-only market. Beans were $1/Quart higher; tomatoes $1.50/Quart higher and many other products were at levels which farmers desired for their time and effort.
-Many long term customers frequent this market.
-They cater to the lunch crowd and the market provides free music entertainment during the lunch hour.
-Very much a festival atmosphere on the street.
-Vendors used plastic bags as a liner in all sizes of baskets to make the sale quicker during the busy sale times. We noted this is also a good food safety practice.
-Prices were well marked. One vendor had tape running down the front of all of their tables with prices listed for each item. Customers still asked what the prices were, though!
-Many vendors had information about the healthfulness of their procuts. Childs Blueberry farm had a personalized, branded handout. Senek Farms had details of “Grown on our Farm” on their peach signs.