During the summer, it seems as though every town and village in the area has their own famers markets with plenty of local vendors dishing out everything from popcorn, pastries, and spices to herbs, flowers and countless colorful fruits and vegetables. I don’t know about you, but I really start to miss waking up on a Saturday and going to the market with my coop bag ready to fill it with fresh veggies, eggs, lamb, and a big soft pretzel from Breadhive (because let’s be serious…who can turn that down?). Fear not fellow market lovers; just because the markets aren’t around every corner during the winter doesn’t mean they completely vanish. You just have to know where to go!
Horsefeathers Winter Market
346 Connecticut St, Buffalo, New York 14213
On Saturday mornings, the Horsefeathers Winter Market fills up with locals ready to fill their totes with goodies. With vendors throughout the renovated basement and first floor displaying local produce and provisions, there are plenty of items to choose from. Whether you’re coming for veggies, a bottle of wine, or maybe even some tart cherry juice to use in cocktails…I mean, to use in healthy smoothies, there’s a range of foods and treats to enjoy. Especially with Martin Cooks, Michele’s Caribbean Cuisine, Jolie’s Traditional Chinese and Artisan Journey as the staples inside Horsefeathers, you just can’t go wrong with a visit to this West Side fav.
Pro-Tip: Brunch at Martin Cooks is an absolute must.
Winter Market on Hertel
The Pasta Peddler and Blackbird Sweets
1547 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, New York 14216 / (716) 393-9547
On Saturdays the winter market on Hertel runs from 10am – 2pm. Get ready to load up with comfort food necessities and plenty of desserts at the market housed in the Pasta Peddler/Blackbird Sweets space. Saturday mornings they’re joined by other vendors selling items like eggs, meats, soaps, and even some handcrafted goodies. The raviolis alone are enough to get me to the shop!
Pro-Tip: Head to CRaVing for a fantastic brunch afterwards.
999 Broadway between Gibson and Lombard Streets , Buffalo
While the Broadway Market is an uber-popular Buffalo tradition around Easter time, people tend to forget the market is actually up and running (and a wonderful place to be) year-round. Monday through Saturday from 8am – 5pm the Broadway Market dishes out meats, sweet treats, seafood, and more. Don’t wait until Easter for some baked goods from Chrusciki Bakery, polish sausage from the deli or pierogi by Paula. It’s always a good time for pierogi. Is that a t-shirt yet? You’ll find the largest amount of businesses and variety on Saturday’s at this market.
Elmwood Village Farmers Market @ Buff State
Buckham Hall 1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14222 / (716) 878-5335
We’re so grateful for the addition of this indoor version of the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market this year, which will live on through the cold season inside Buffalo State College until April 30th. On Saturday mornings from 10am – 2pm inside Buckham Hall find 15-20 producer vendors (meaning each vendor in the market must grow or make whatever they’re selling) and often times food trucks on site. On campus parking is free during market hours.
Pro-Tip: Check out the Buff State Planetarium starting at 11am on Saturdays while you’re in the area!
The Farm Shop
241 Lexington Avenue, Buffalo NY / (716) 256-8235
Quite possibly one of the coolest places in Buffalo, The Farm Shop is a very small store will offering super fresh White Cow Dairy products and other local goodies from time to time. The shop welcomes visitors on Thursday and Friday from 11am-7pm and Saturday from 9am-7pm to peruse White Cow Dairy products created from the milk of homegrown cows that graze on grasses and wild flowers. Explore the shelves of vibrant, sweet and savory flavored yogurts, sauces, drinks, custards, and more when you step through the doors of the quaint, colorful shop.
Pro-Tip: The Farm Shop is located on one of our favorite street corners in the city. While you’re there, check out the nearby shops and then head to Five Points Bakery and Toast Cafe for a treat.
More Info (AKA The Farm Shop on Instagram)
Any markets we missed? Comment on the post with details if there are more markets that live on through the winter!
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