At the North Tonawanda Market
Year-round bounty in North Tonawanda
Photos by kc kratt
As autumn advances, most local farmers markets will begin to pack up their tents and close down. Granted, many stay open well into November—including Elmwood-Bidwell and East Aurora—but from December through May, only a few markets remain open. One of these is the North Tonawanda Farmers Market, which is open on winter Saturdays for anyone who can brave possible snowdrifts and/or freezing temps.
The market has been open since 1908 and is one of only three year-round markets in the area; the others are the Clinton Baily Farmers Market and the Broadway Market. That said, the best time to visit this or any other market for fresh produce is now. Early fall is the most abundant time for local produce: expect beans, greens, tomatoes, corn, many cruciferous vegetables, carrots, onions, apples, plums, peaches, raspberries, and much more—including, of course, zucchini.
North Tonawanda is famous for a few other items, however, including locally raised meat, eggs, plants, Duke’s doughnuts, cheeses, jams, and much, much, more. Not all the produce is locally grown, but it’s convenient to be able to pick up some items that might have meant a trip to the supermarket—where they wouldn’t be locally sourced either.
Check out the NT market before the growing season ends—and then be sure to make a chilly but fun winter visit.
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday: 8 a.m.–1 p.m.
Payne Avenue and Robinson Street
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