Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Nature’s bounty will be more abundant than ever at the Lockport Community Market, whose third season begins today on Canal Street.
Four farms and a local cooperative, Santarsiero Produce, will be regulars at the market, which is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday through Aug. 24. That’s the largest number of local growers ever at the market, according to coordinator Heather Peck.
Joining Santarsiero Produce, which has been a vendor every year, are: McCollum Orchards LLC, a working farm in the City of Lockport, supplying organic produce; Epic Blue Acres, supplying free-range eggs and heirloom vegetables; White Willow Farms, supplying organic heirloom and rare produce, garlic, free-range eggs and some crafts; and Windy Acres Farms/Horticulture, supplying cut flowers, bouquets, herbs, perennials and annual flowers.
Also signed up to staff the market every week are Dispenza’s Meat Market, which sells natural beef, pork and chicken, homemade specialty sausages and other local products; and Chrusciki Bakery, offering fresh baked goods including their famous Buffalo Angel Wings and Placek, Danish, cinnamon buns, cupcakes, baklava and half-moon cookies.
“We have some old favorites and some new favorites this year,” Peck said.
The summertime, open-air Community Market, launched in 2011 to increase visibility of Canal Street in the heart of the Lockport Locks Heritage District, is staffed by a variety of local small businesses: farms, wineries, independent retailers, artisans and craftsmen.
So far, two wineries, The Winery at Marjim Manor and Victorianbourg Wine Estate, and a dozen non-farm vendors are signed up to “work” a booth one or more Saturdays this year.
On any given day, the bazaar could showcase herbal potions and “shabby chic” home accessories, bath-and-body products, hair products, premium coffee, cocoa and fudge, hand-crafted jewelry, glass works, sewn and crocheted items, clocks, photo frames and/or mailbox art. American Cancer Society will have a presence to promote its Aug. 25 “Bark For Life” dog walk fundraiser at Day Road Park.