Tonawanda News — Indeed, farm markets are something of a new trend, with markets opening in several Buffalo neighborhoods and surrounding suburbs. With its market in operation for more than a century, North Tonawanda stands poised to stake a claim as being decidedly ahead of the curve for people looking for the best in locally grown produce and other items.
Niagara County Legislator Rich Andres said the surge in attention at the market has been more than apparent, including an influx of those outside of the Lumber City.
“It’s an attraction and probably more so than it has been in a long time,” he said. “It’s something we want to make sure is recognized as a community treasure. We bring more people in here in a week than other markets could even hope for.”
Andres, who previously represented the Second Ward on the city council, said the area around the market also has received recent attention. Last week, Andres organized the use of a county work crew comprised of Niagara County Jail inmates.
“I was getting some complaints about issues on Bryant Street as far as debris and upkeep,” he said. “We got creative, using the those who qualified for the work crew.”
Second Ward Alderwoman Donna Braun, who lives near the market, said its popularity is obvious just based off a shortage of parking on Saturdays, also projecting that about 50 percent of attendees come from outside the area.
Braun, who started her first term in January, said while she hasn’t specifically addressed the possibility of expanding the market, the fact that a broader slice of Western New Yorkers serve as patrons is a good sign.
“People are buying fresh vegetables and want to support local farmers,” she said. “It’s a great little jewel we have here in the Second Ward.”
The market is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. throughout the year.