Located in beautiful Bidwell Parkway in the heart of the Elmwood Village, the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market is considered by many to be the best market of its type in Western New York. In fact, Artvoice recognized the market in its most recent "Best of Buffalo" issue and, judging from the ever-increasing crowds, it's a sentiment shared by many.
The Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market is a producer-only market, meaning that all our vendors grow or produce what they sell themselves—absolutely no reselling is allowed. In this way, our patrons know they are dealing directly with source—no middlemen, no compromises. They also know they're helping to create a healthy and diverse local economy.
The Market is open every Saturday from mid-May to mid-December. Vendors are open for business from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.
In addition to the products available from our vendors, events ranging from musical entertainment to cooking demonstrations are scheduled throughout the year. For more information about upcoming events, see our Market Calendar.
• Check out our new EBFM video! Here's the link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQNYCwcN2mE
• *** OPENING DAY OF THE 2014 SEASON IS SATURDAY, MAY 10. HOURS ARE 8 A.M. THROUGH 1 P.M. THE MARKET CONTINUES EVERY SATURDAY, RAIN OR SHINE, THROUGH NOV. 29. HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE ... AND BRING A FRIEND! ***
MARKET DATES: SATURDAY, MAY 10 - NOVEMBER 29, 8 A.M. to 1 P.M.
• During May & June 2014, we will be relocated to the east side of Elmwood Avenue, directly across the street from our usual location, while work is done to restore the lawn.
The Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market is proud to announce a partnership with The Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo. Please visit their website at CreatingHealthyCommunities.org.
Vendors at the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market are very special. Here's one you should get to know.
Dan Tower grew up near the shores of Lake Ontario on the farm he now owns in Youngstown, New York. During school breaks he would be found working on the farm along with his siblings. Dan is a fifth generation farmer, having bought and farmed over thirty years on the same lands his father farmed before him. Initially Dan pursued and received a degree in forestry with an eye towards becoming a Forest Ranger. A family crisis called him back to farming permanently. His focus has been on improving the lands and growing the finest fruits possible.
Dan Tower orchards are full of plums, cherries, apples (over 35 varieties), peaches, nectarines, apricots, and pears. Dan is also kept busy in his fields of strawberries, raspberries, English walnuts, vegetables & cut flowers. Iris, Dan’s wife helps oversee the cut flower program, starting the seeds in their greenhouse around early March when the weather is still cold and wet. The flowers are planted outdoors in the fields when frost threat is gone. Cutting bouquets and chilling them is done the very day before markets, keeping in mind the final destination… a long lasting bloom for buyers to enjoy!
Children and relatives of Dan and Iris can often be seen at different markets helping out with sales of his quality produce. Nothing is better than biting into the first fruit of the season, a plump juicy strawberry, bursting full of goodness! The crisp tang of your favorite apple or the joy of taking home a beautiful floral arrangement all harvested at its very freshest! No long days of travel commute are involved before our produce enters your home. Our Goal is to bring fresh, home grown, good tasting produce full of nutrition to you at a reasonable cost.
Dan has a great love for the outdoors and utilizes as much of Mother Nature’s help as possible in his growing endeavors. In the spring bee hives are placed throughout the orchards to help with pollination. Mowing helps in the constant battle over weed control. Praying Mantises and Ladybugs are gladly seen. Dan considers weather reports before plowing, planting, pruning, spraying for worms, pests and weeds. Dan also utilizes what he considers a “low spray” schedule to keep his produce flourishing at optimal levels without using higher applications of unnecessary chemicals.
If there is a natural or less harmful way to accomplish the same task Dan will veer toward the friendlier choice. Cornell Cooperative Extension and a field consultant help him with making these decisions. Planting winter ryes and similar crops is another source of natural nourishment in replenishing soil in open fields. Dan keeps in contact with Cornell Cooperative Extension to continue pursuing wise growing and harvesting practices throughout the seasons. In the winter, along with repairs, pruning and general upkeep, Dan also catches up on his reading and attends seminars to stay current with updates for growers in the WNY region.