New Site, Day For Downtown Jamestown Farmers Market

It is appropriate that Cherry Street will be the new location where people go searching for fresh fruit during the Downtown Jamestown Farmers Market.

The annual Downtown Jamestown Farmers Market will also have a new day and time this year when it starts Thursday. The market will be held from noon to 6 p.m. along Cherry Street between Second and Third streets. The new location is just a half-block east of its former home in Foundry Alley near the Lillian V. Ney Renaissance Center. The farmers market will continue throughout the summer, closing on Oct. 30.

“We have been gaining a lot of momentum these past few years and the market’s growth required a bigger venue for 2014,” said Christina King, Jamestown Renaissance Corporation farmers market assistant. “Cherry Street provides space for more vendors and is also close to high concentrations of downtown residents and employees.”

Returning this year are local farms selling fresh produce, fresh-frozen meats, cheese, eggs, goat milk fudge and homemade baked goods. Specialty products, including locally roasted coffee, essential oils and local wines, will also be available during the 2014 season.

The market will feature family-friendly cooking demonstrations, live performances by local musicians and educational materials on fresh produce and gardening. The Farmers Market Community Day will take place on Aug. 28. Free parking will be available on the Main and Second Street parking deck for the entire season.

“We have been working relentlessly during the offseason to continue rejuvenating the downtown market. The market serves as a community hub for all things local, healthy and fun,” King said. “We are very proud to have Univera Healthcare partner with us again. We encourage the entire community to join us this season.”

The Downtown Jamestown Farmers Market will also be partnering with the Chautauqua County Humane Society and the 2nd Chances Thrift Store, located on Cherry Street next to the market, to provide restrooms to market patrons.

“We’re very pleased to partner with the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation and this year’s Farmers Market. The market’s new location on Cherry Street is positioned right outside our 2nd Chances Thrift Store. All proceeds from our store help care for the animals at the Chautauqua County Humane Society,” said Edwin Rodriguez Jr., Chautauqua County Humane Society community relations director. “Visiting the Farmers Market gives you the opportunity to increase your own health and wellness as well as support the health and wellness of the lost, abandoned and neglected animals of Chautauqua County.”

Downtown Jamestown Farmers Market vendors include Abers Acres; Busti Cider Mill; Small Meadows Farm; Scott’s Farm and Greenhouse; The Gypsy Moon Cake Co.; Dalahast Roasting Co.; Country Kettle Corn; Hathaway Farms LLC.; Piggy Boy Biscuits; Radiantly You; doTERRA Essential Oils; All Things Creative; Be Well Health & Fitness; Sleepymoon Farm; and Intuitive Reiki.

Customers will be able to use their EBT, credit and debit cards at the market. A booth will be provided for EBT transactions during the market along with informational brochures, recipes and tools to help market shoppers prepare, cook, and store fresh produce.

Activities will be provided to help shoppers build skills in gardening and cooking, promote local seasonal produce and attract new and returning customers to the market. Also, there will be story time for children the second and fourth Thursday of the month.

There will be live entertainment for market patrons at noon with a new artist every week, and from 4-6 p.m. the bluegrass and jazz duo of Davis & Eng.

For more information on the market, becoming a vendor or to perform, contact King at 664-2477, ext. 228, or visit www.jamestownrenaissance.org,

On May 15, it was announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo that the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation received $1,350 as part of the FreshConnect Farmers’ Market program. The money locally will be used to house commercial-grade tents for three functions at the Farmers Markets. One tent will be for an EBT machine and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program information. Another tent will be for food preparation and preservation demonstrations. The last tent will be for radio publicity events.