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Families are the backbone of Western New York's farmers' markets. Before dawn, sons and fathers and cousins and daughters wake to load trucks with the fruit of their labors and their vegetables and meat, too. Then they head off to greet their customers.

Some have done so for generations. Others are just beginning, starting farmers' market traditions of their own. Mike Gzyl is 23 years old, but he expects to officially get into the pickle business Saturday, selling garlic dills and bread-and-butter pickles at Hamburg and Elmwood-Bidwell markets.

His company, ?Susie Cukes, grew out of a Canisius College entrepreneurship program, said Gzyl (pronounced "gazelle"). As a student, he was pushed to create a business project for class, and with encouragement from pickle fans, he decided to make it real.

"What's different is ours are made with a 100-year-old family recipe," he said. "One thing that we're noted for is our signature crunch that you won't find ?with other pickles ?out there."

If all goes as planned, the first batch will be at market Saturday, and picky pickle people can judge for themselves.

Here's The News' 2012 ?guide to Western New York farmers' markets, with lots of newcomers amid the 44 in Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties. Check websites for the often imaginative, entertaining and educational events that many venues have lined up for market days. Our list is also generally limited to edibles, but we didn't have the heart to exclude Monarch butterflies, offered for sale in Clarence.

Bad spring weather has ?hurt fruit farmers especially, ?so expect cherries and other stone fruit especially to be ?in short supply, and expect higher prices.

>Allegany County

Angelica Farmers' Market, Park Circle, Angelica 14709 (585-466-3787). Saturdays starting this week through Sept. 29, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vegetables, herbs, maple products, eggs, honey, plants, cut flowers, meat, cheese, baked goods and wine. Accepts WIC and Senior Nutrition farmers market coupons.

Belmont Farmers' Market, 32 Willets Ave. (Route 19), Belmont 14813 (942-3710). 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Oct. 25, on the Belmont Grange building lawn. Vegetables and fruit, plants, honey, maple products, cut flowers, baked goods. Accepts WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons, credit/debit cards. New: rabbit.

Wellsville Farmers' Market, 191 N. Main St., Wellsville 14895 (585-610-0565). Noon to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Oct. 4. Fruit, vegetables, baked goods, flower baskets, honey, eggs, maple products. Accepts WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons, credit/debit cards. New: beef and pork, lavender products, Catbird Griddle salads, soups and meals.

>Cattaraugus County

Olean Farmers' Market, Jamestown Community College, North Union Street, Olean 14760 (676-9181; reapfarmersmarket.com). 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, mid-May through Oct. 27. Fruit, vegetables, baked goods, flowers, plants, honey, poultry, wine, cheese, eggs and more. Accepts EBT, WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons, debit cards.

Ellicottville Farmers' Market, 53 Elizabeth St., Ellicottville 14731 (676-9181; reapfarmersmarket.com). 2 to 6 p.m. Fridays, June 22 through Oct. 12. Fruit, vegetables, maple products, meat, baked goods, dairy products and more. Accepts WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons.

Southern Tier Farmers' Market: Olean and Salamanca locations both accept WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons, credit/debit cards. Olean: Tractor Supply, 1900 Constitution Ave., Olean 14760 (942-3710). 2 to 7 p.m. Fridays through Oct. 26. Vegetables and fruit, baked goods, honey, maple syrup, plants and cut flowers.
Salamanca: Jefferson Park on Jefferson near Park Street, Salamanca 14779 (942-3710). 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Oct. 23. Vegetables and fruit, honey, maple syrup, plants, cut flowers, baked goods. New: meat, including pork, lamb, beef.

>Chautauqua County

Downtown Jamestown Farmers' Market, Foundry Alley, Jamestown 14701 (664-2477; discoverjamestown.com). 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays through Oct. 26. Fruit and vegetables, goat milk fudge, cheese, homemade baked goods, fresh-frozen meats, Concord grape products, fresh flowers, honey and maple products, jams and jellies. Accepts WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons, credit/debit cards.

Dunkirk Farmers' Market, Lake Shore Drive East and Washington Avenue (Sundays) and East 3rd Street and Washington Avenue (Thursdays). (366-0452). 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through October. Fruit, vegetables, and more.

Fredonia Farmers' Market, Church Street, Fredonia 14063 (673-9356). 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, May 28 through Oct. 29 (moves indoors at 321 E. Main St. starting in November). Maple syrup, locally raised meat, produce, honey, eggs, dairy products, cut flowers and more. Accepts Senior Nutrition coupons and EBT cards. New: certified organic chicken and eggs.

Lakewood Farmers' Market, 140 Chautauqua Ave., Lakewood 14750 (763-8557). 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through August. Fruit, vegetables, poultry and meat products.

Westfield Farmers' Market, Moore Park, Routes 394 and 20, Westfield 14787 (326-4000; westfieldny.com). 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Produce, eggs and Amish baked goods. Some vendors accept WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons.

>Erie County

Alden Farmers' Market, 13119 Broadway (Route 20) Alden 14004 (937-6177; aldenny.org). 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, late May through Oct. 6. Vegetables and fruit, locally grown chicken and beef, baked goods, honey and maple products, fudge, plants, cut flowers, jams and jellies and more. Accepts WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons.

Clarence Hollow Farmers' Market, 10717 Main St., Clarence 14031 (480-3920; clarencefarmersmarket.com). 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, through Oct. 27. Fruit, organic vegetables and eggs, grass-fed beef and chicken, baked goods, maple syrup, honey, alpacas, New York State wine. Accepts WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons, credit/debit cards. New: Monarch butterflies.

Clinton-Bailey Farmers' Market, 1443 Clinton St. (822-2466; clintonbaileymarket.com). Open year round. May to November hours 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday-Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Fruit, vegetables, plants, baked goods and more.

Downtown Country Market, Main Street between Court and Church streets (856-3150; buffaloplace.com). 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, May through Oct. 25. Producer-only market offering fruit and vegetables, baked goods, flowers, pet foods and homemade pierogies, sausage. Accepts WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons. New: Pasture-raised poultry, grass-fed beef.

Colden Community Farmers' Market, 8745 Supervisor Ave. (Bread of Life Outreach Center), (863-9892) Colden 14033. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 29. Vegetables, fruit, plants and more.

East Aurora Farmers' Market, Tops plaza, Grey Street, East Aurora 14052 (771-9590). 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays through Nov. 21. Vendor produced or grown fruit and vegetables, baked goods, honey, maple syrup, goat cheese and more. Accepts WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons.

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers' Market, Elmwood Avenue and Bidwell Parkway, 14222 (881-0707; elmwoodmarket.org). 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, May through Dec. 22. Vendor produced or grown fruit, vegetables, dairy products, natural meat, baked goods, honey and more. Accepts EBT. New: pickles, beer, wheatgrass.

Farmers' Market at Grider, 351 Grider St. (898-3509). Open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays through Oct. 12. Fruit, vegetables, baked goods, lunches and more. Some vendors accept WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons, EBT cards.

Hamburg Farmers' Market, Village of Hamburg parking lot, Main and Buffalo streets, Hamburg 14075 (649-7917; hamburg-chamber.org). 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 3. Fresh produce, plants, cut flowers, baked goods, spices and herbs, pasta and pierogies, honey and maple syrup. Some vendors accept WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons. New: veggie burgers, pickles.

Holland Farmers' Market, 49 N. Main St., Holland 14080 (537-9590; Hollandfarmersmarket.blogspot.com). Open 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 18. Fruit and vegetables, eggs, maple products, herbs, flowers and plants, crafts, homemade jewelry and much more. Accepts WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons. New: grass-fed beef and organic chicken.

Kenmore Farmers' Market, 2919 Delaware Ave., Kenmore 14217 (874-1784; kenmorefarmersmarket.com). 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturdays, June 23 through Oct. 27. Fruit and vegetables, flowers, baked goods, pasta, jams and jellies, wine, chocolates, honey and maple products, and more. Accepts WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons.

Marketplace at Larkin Square, Seneca at Swan streets, 14210. 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays from June 20 through Sept. 19. Locally grown produce, fresh baked goods and breads, and more.

Lancaster Market, 4913 Transit Road, Lancaster 14086. (481-2961; lancastervillagemarket.com) Saturdays 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sundays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Oct. 28. Fruit, vegetables, eggs, organic meat, baked goods, jams and jellies, honey. Accepts WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons, EBT. New: cut flowers, cheese, yogurt.

Orchard Park Farmers' Market at Fox Run, Route 20A and California Road, Orchard Park 14127. (662-5001; foxrunorchardpark.com). 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays, through Oct. 25. Fruit and vegetables, coffee, hot chocolate, fudge, cheese, meat, pasta, preserves, annuals. Some vendors accept WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons. New: olive oil, jellies, pierogies, baked goods, smoked fish and sausages.

Premier Farmers' Market, 3900 Maple Road, Amherst 14226. (www.premierfarmersmarket.com). Thursday, noon to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 23 through Oct. 27. Fresh produce, baked goods, heritage breed pork and poultry, eggs, cheese, smoked sausages, and more.

Springville Farmers' Market, Gentners Auction, 341 W. Main St., Springville 14141 (592-4062, gentnersspringvilleauction.com). 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Seasonal produce, livestock, plants, cut flowers, baked goods, furniture, crafts and much more. Some vendors accept WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons.

University Community Farmers' Market, University at Buffalo South Campus, near Main Street and Kenmore Avenue (829-6145; ourheights.org). 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, late May through Oct. 13. Fresh produce, artisan pasta, homemade jam and jellies, baked goods and desserts, plants, flowers, health food and seasonal items. Accepts WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons.

Williamsville Farmers' Market, 56 E. Spring St., Williamsville 14221 (984-6572). 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 27. Organic chicken, beef and shiitake mushrooms; pork; fruit and vegetables; farmstead cheeses; maple syrup and honey products; and coffee. Accepts Senior Nutrition and WIC coupons; some vendors accept credit/debit. New: grass-fed lamb.

>Genesee County

Genesee Country Farmers' Market, 8315 Park Road (Batavia Downs), Batavia 14020 (560-0853). 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, through Oct. 26. Fruit, vegetables, meat, sausage, flowers, eggs, goat soap, wine, baked goods, maple products and more. Grower-only market. Accepts WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons, EBT benefits.

Downtown Batavia Public Market, Ellicott (Route 63) and Center streets, Batavia (585- 344-0900; downtownbataviany.com). 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays June 21 through Sept. 27. Fruit, vegetables, baked goods, honey and maple products, BBQ sauce, cut flowers, garden products, wine. Accepts WIC.
LeRoy Farmers' Market, Bank Street parking lot, LeRoy, 14482 (585-768-8553; leroyfarmersmarket.org). 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, June 23 through mid-October. Vegetables and fruit, organic vegetables, fruit, honey, maple syrup, eggs, cheese, meat, flowers, baked goods, coffee, nut butters and more. Accepts Senior Nutrition and WIC coupons.

>Niagara County

Barker Farmers' Market, Main Street and Quaker Road, Barker 14012 (795-3787). 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, June 14 through Aug. 30. Fruit, vegetables, breads, pies, jams and jellies, and more. Accepts Senior Nutrition and WIC coupons.

Lockport Farmers' Market, Walnut at Cottage streets, Lockport 14094 (439-6676). 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, April through Nov. 30. Fruit, vegetables. Accepts Senior Nutrition and WIC coupons.

Niagara Falls City Market, 18th Street and Pine Avenue, Niagara Falls 14301 (946-7473). Year-round, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Fruit, vegetables, annuals, perennials, honey products, sausage on Friday. Accepts Senior Nutrition and WIC coupons.

North Tonawanda Farmers' Market, Payne at Robinson streets, North Tonawanda 14120 (830-6025). Year-round, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Fruit, vegetables, baked goods, coffee, herbs, annuals, perennials, chocolate, cheese, meat, sausage and more. Accepts Senior Nutrition and WIC coupons, EBT. New: maple syrup.

Wheatfield Farmers' Market, 2800 Church Road, Wheatfield 14120 (694-6441). 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, through Oct. 17. Fruit, vegetables, baked goods, meat, honey, eggs, sausage and more.

>Orleans County

Albion/Orleans County Farmers' Market, 320 West Ave. (Save-A-Lot plaza), Albion 14411 (585-798-3986). 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 27; in July, August, September, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fruit, vegetables, maple and honey products, sausage and jerky. Accepts WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons.

Medina/Orleans County Farmers' Market, Erie Canal Basin, 14103 (585-798-3986). Open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Oct. 25. Fruit, vegetables, maple and honey products. Accepts WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons.

>Wyoming County

Arcade Farmers' Market, 400 Main St. (Prestolite parking lot), Arcade 14009 (860-6730), 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 13. Vegetables, honey, pasta, grass-fed beef, wine, organic chicken, pork, eggs, maple syrup and more. Accepts WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons.

Perry Farmers' Market, Perry Festival Plaza, Main Street and Borden Avenue, Perry 14530 (585-237-2614; perryfarmersmarket.com). Open 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, this week through Sept. 29. Fruit; vegetables; maple and honey products; meats; fresh breads, scones and pies; cheese; chocolates; flowers; and certified organic chickens. Accepts WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons.

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