Farmers Market To Host Community Day Today

Music, storytellers, magic shows, monarch butterflies, and a 1K kids’ run will be among the attractions today as the Downtown Jamestown Farmers Market hosts its annual Community Day. The event will run from noon-4 p.m. at the market’s new location on Cherry Street between Second and Third streets.

“We’ve seen a tremendous increase in traffic, sales, and community engagement at the new Cherry Street location,” said Christina King, Farmers Market manager for the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation, which runs the market. “Community Day is an opportunity for everyone to come out and enjoy the market, which is becoming a great public gathering space on Thursday afternoons.”

This year will mark the fourth year of the market’s 1K kids’ run for children in grades kindergarten through 5. Participants can pre-register the day of the event, just prior to the race, which starts at 12:45 p.m. Third Street between Prendergast Avenue and Washington Street will be temporarily closed for the race.

Other activities will include live music from the Infinity Performing Arts Steel Pan Alley from noon-2 p.m. and a magic show from 2-3 p.m. An interactive story hour with Miss Cindy will take place from 3-4 p.m., coupled with a visit from Jed Phillips of the Chautauqua County Bee Keepers Association for a monarch butterfly release.

Face painting and a free bounce house will be available throughout the event, as will livestock displays with goats, sheep, chickens, ducks and a bearded dragon.

Abers Acres, Busti Cider Mill & Farm Market, Scott’s Farm and Greenhouse and Small Meadows Farm will be at the market with fresh local produce, homemade baked goods, goat milk fudge, NYS cheeses, jams and jellies, maple products, local corn and more. Lunch and dessert options, food demonstrations and tastings, and a variety of local artisan vendors will also be available.

The market will be open until 6 p.m., rain or shine. Any questions regarding Community Day or the market can be directed to Christina King at 664-2477, ext. 228.