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Genesee Country Market on Fridays, Tuesdays, Thursdays:
Genesee County Farmers’ Market returns with new vendors, new music
By BRIAN QUINN, bquinn@BataviaNews.com
The Genesee Country Farmers’ Market is underway at Bank Street and Alva Place, with new vendors and new music on Fridays, through Oct. 28. Kathryn Fringoli, market manager, said the market will be open every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“We are doing new food trucks this year. We have Craven Curbside as a new food truck. This year, we’re going to be having food demonstrations some nutritionists from Cornell coming.”
Fringoli said there are new vendors. One gentleman will be selling pickles. Tree Hugger Hard Cider of Attica is another new face. Gardner’s Gardens of Medina is also joining the market in Batavia for the first time. Gardner’s sells different flavors of jam, sea salt and fudge.
“We still offer SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). This July, we will be offering Double Up Food Bucks for SNAP recipients,” she said. Each week, we’re going to be trying some new vendors out, so come on a different day.”
Fringoli said there have been more vendors in the past on opening day, but added, “We had some vendors out with family issues. We will have more vendors next Friday.”
There will be music on Fridays throughout June, July and August, she said. On Friday afternoon, musician Clayton Duffy of Attica, who has an album, “Loser,” coming out this fall, entertained the crowd.
“For the summer months, we have a few musicians booked,” Fringoli said.
Brenda and Tom Haworth of Batavia returned to the market Friday, as they said they do every year. The husband and wife carried a bag of apples with them as they walked the grounds.
“I try to hit the first day, but then I come when it’s open throughout the summer,” Brenda Haworth said. Tom Haworth said he doesn’t make it to the market as often as Brenda does.
What’s Brenda’s favorite item to get at the market? “Fruit — I love the apples,” she said.
“Apples and jam,” was Tom Haworth’s response.
They look forward to visiting the market pretty regularly.
“We’ll be here, probably, a couple different times,” Tom Haworth said.
Keeping an eye on the Gardner’s Gardens table was Rita Kyllonen. She said she helps out Gardner’s owner Shawna Gardner.
“I like it. Everybody seems friendly. Everybody seems like they’re having a good time, she said of Friday’s market.
A customer who stopped to look at the items Gardner’s was selling interjected, “Everybody’s been waiting for it (the market).”
There were a few flavors of sea salt, jam and fudge on the table for sale.
“We’ll have specialty teas later on. The sea salt itself is from all over the world,” Kyllonen said. “The spices in the sea salt are from her (Gardner’s) garden or she sources them locally,”
The jam flavors included dark chocolate, sparkling raspberry, strawberry daiquiri and spiced hibiscus jelly. The plan is to have strawberry rhubarb next Friday, Kyllonen said.
“Jams are her (Gardner’s) specialty,” Kyllonen said. “She has a couple of speciality jams during the holidays.”