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What comes to mind when you envision your nearest farmers’ market? A small circle of third-generation farm families, humbly waiting on you with baskets of apples and tomatoes?

In some cases, that’s still the case. But many of today’s farmers’ markets are growing into very different ventures.

“New people are coming out who have never been to farmers’ markets, and different things draw them,” said John Long, city market clerk at the North Tonawanda Farmers’ Market, which added about 30 vending spots just this year. “It’s not just fruit and vegetables. It’s now the variety of things going on.”

Variety is the key word for Western New York’s farmers’ markets, and not just because there are more than 40 to peruse across Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties. Sure, you can still get your locally grown produce almost anywhere. But these days, no two farmers’ markets are alike. At some, you might find homemade popsicles or organic dog treats or lunches from one of Buffalo’s famous food trucks. At others, you can browse for books or beauty products or handcrafted jewelry, and enjoy live music or food demonstrations before heading out. A few markets are packed with so many vendors and activities that they might as well be weekly festivals.

Long said that these expansions came from the recent downturn in the economy, which uprooted the modest traditions of most farmers’ markets. Faced with that harsh climate, many small farmers and vendors fostered a more entrepreneurial spirit, looking for creative ways to draw and keep customers. Many farmers’ markets are bigger and busier than they were a few years ago, and a weekly trip to the average farmers’ market is now more like “a social event,” Long said.

“You see people running into people that they haven’t seen in weeks or in months, and then they just want to hang out there,” he said. “They stay a little longer, and spend a little more money, also.”

Watch out, Wegmans.

Here’s our list of Western New York’s farmers’ markets, with a few new venues and a lot of new foods, services and activities. Four favorite markets online for updates and special events.

Allegany county

Angelica Farmers’ market, 1 W. Main St. (585-466-3787). 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 15 through Oct. 5. Produce, honey, syrup, bread, baked goods, cheese, eggs, meats, wine, nut butters, plants and flowers, artisans, music and festivals. Accepts WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons.

Belmont Farmers’ market, 32 Willets Ave. (Route 19), (942-3710). 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, through Oct. 31. Produce, maple products, baked goods, eggs, mustard, honey, plants, flowers. New: crafts. Accepts WIC, Senior Nutrition coupons and credit/debit cards.

Wellsville Farmers’ market, 191 N. Main St., (585-610-0565). Noon to 6 p.m. Thursday, through Oct. 3. Produce, baked goods, nut butters, bread, mustard, jams, jellies, syrups, beef, pork, soups and prepared meals, health and beauty products. New: Local artisans and crafters. Accepts WIC, Senior Nutrition coupons, and credit/debit cards.

Cattaraugus County

Olean Farmers’ market, North Union Street (Jamestown Community College), (676-9181; reapfarmersmarket.com). 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, through Oct. 27. Producer-only fruit and vegetables, baked goods, flowers and plants, honey, poultry, cheese, wine, eggs. New: arts and crafts. Accepts EBT, WIC, Senior Nutrition coupons and debit cards.

Franklinville Farmers’ market, 1 Park Square (942-3710). 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, through Oct. 30. Fruit and vegetables, maple products, baked goods, plants and cut flowers, honey, eggs, mustard. Accepts WIC, Senior Nutrition coupons, EBT and credit/debit cards.

Ellicottville Farmers’ market, 1 W. Washington St. (676-9181; reapfarmersmarket.com). 2 to 6 p.m. Friday, June 21 through Oct. 4. Fruit and vegetables, meats, maple products, baked goods, dairy products. New: arts and crafts. Accepts WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons.

Southern Tier Farmers’ market, 1900 Constitution Ave., Olean, and in Jefferson Park, Broad and Jefferson streets, Salamanca (942-3710). Both locations: 2 to 7 p.m. Friday, through Oct. 25. Fruit and vegetables, maple products, eggs, mustard, plants and cut flowers, honey, baked goods, crafts. Accepts WIC, Senior Nutrition coupons, EBT and credit/debit cards.

Chautauqua County

Downtown Jamestown Farmers’ market, 119-121 W. Third St. (Foundry Alley), (664-2477, jamestownrenaissance.org). 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, June 7 through Oct. 25. Organic produce, lunches, goat milk fudge, baked goods, cheese, meats, flowers, honey, maple and Concord grape products, live entertainment, food demos. New: wine, cupcakes. Accepts WIC, Senior Nutrition coupons, EBT and credit/debit cards.

Dunkirk Farmers’ market, 50 Lakeshore Drive West (Dunkirk Memorial Park), (366-6200, Ext. 302). 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday and 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, through October. Produce, honey, flowers, meat, eggs, cheese, crafts, music on Thursday. Accepts WIC, Senior Nutrition coupons, EBT and credit/debit cards.

Fredonia Farmers’ market, Church Street (680-2844, facebook.com/fredoniafarmersmarket). 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, through Oct. 26; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. November through May. Baked goods, organic meat and eggs, rabbit meat, produce, honey, eggs, cheese, flowers, honey, crafts. Accepts WIC, Senior Nutrition coupons and EBT cards; some vendors accept credit/debit cards.

Lakewood Farmers’ market, 140 Chautauqua Ave. (763-8557). 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, through Sept. 24. Local produce, meats, cheese, goat milk fudge, herbs and herb plants, jams and jellies, jewelry. Accepts WIC, Senior Nutrition coupons, EBT and credit/debit cards.

Erie County

Alden Farmers’ market, 13119 Broadway (Route 20) (937-6177; http://aldenny.org). 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, through Oct. 5. Fruit and vegetables, local meats, baked goods, honey and maple products, jams, jellies, flowers, fudge, plants, live music, craft shows. New: pasta, spices and olive oils, handcrafted soaps. Accepts WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons.

Blasdell Market, 3785 South Park Ave. (Ilio DiPaolo’s parking lot), (649-7917, http://hamburg-chamber.org). 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, through Nov. 6. Baked goods, pierogies, seasonal fruit and vegetables, hanging baskets, bedding flowers, bread, juices and syrups, wines, locally made popsicles, crafts and merchants (blankets, stationery, baskets). Accepts WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons.

Clarence Hollow Farmers’ market, 10717 Main St., (480-3920; http://clarencefarmersmarket.com). 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, through Oct. 13. Fruit, organic vegetables and eggs, grass-fed beef and chicken, baked goods, maple syrup, wine, honey, Monarch butterflies, live music. New: doughnuts. Some vendors accept WIC, Senior Nutrition coupons, credit/debit cards.

Clinton-Bailey Farmers’ market, 1443 Clinton St. (822-2466; clintonbaileymarket.com). 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, through Nov. 1. Produce, plants, baked goods, flea market on Saturday. Some vendors accept WIC, Senior Nutrition coupons, EBT, credit/debit cards.

Downtown Country Market, 403 Main St. (856-3150; buffaloplace.com). 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, through Oct. 24. Producer-only fruit and vegetables, baked goods, flowers, pet food, sausage. New: gluten-free baked goods, goat cheese. Some vendors accept WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons.

Colden Community Farmers’ market, 8745 Supervisor Ave. (Bread of Life Outreach Center), (863-9892, breadoflifecolden.org). 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, through Oct. 12. Produce, baked goods, flowers, plants, goat milk soap, maple syrup, honey products, breads, live music, crafts every other week.

East Aurora Farmers’ market, Grey Street (Tops Plaza), (771-9590). 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday, through Nov. 27. Vendor-only produce, baked goods, pasta, coffee, nursery stock, dog biscuits, maple syrup, goat cheese, cut flowers. New: mushrooms. Accepts WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons.

Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers’ market, Elmwood Avenue and Bidwell Parkway, (881-0707; elmwoodmarket.org). 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, through Dec. 21. Producer-only fruit and vegetables, dairy products, beer, wheatgrass, natural meat, baked goods, honey, several live bands each week. New: wine. Accepts EBT and Senior Nutrition Coupons.

ECMC Farmers’ market at Grider, 351 Grider St. (898-3509). 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, through Oct. 11. Fruit and vegetables, soaps, ice cream and frozen treats, honey, eggs, plants and flowers, occasional food demos and live music. New: food trucks. Some vendors accept WIC, Senior Nutrition coupons, EBT.

Hamburg Farmers’ market, Village of Hamburg parking lot, Main and Buffalo streets, (649-7917; hamburg-chamber.org). 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, through Nov. 2. Produce, plants, flowers, baked goods, spices, herbs, syrups, cheese, pasta, pierogies, pickles, veggie burgers, live music. New: meat, sauerkraut, mushrooms, wines. Some vendors accept WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons.

Holland Farmers’ market, 49 N. Main St., (537-9590; thehollandmkt.com). 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, through Nov. 24. Organic fruit and vegetables, grass-fed beef, honey and maple products, chicken, goat, jams, jellies, dog treats, herbs, goat milk soap, live music. New: fresh doughnuts and cider. Accepts WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons.

Kenmore Farmers’ market, 2919 Delaware Ave., (873-5700; kenmorefarmersmarket.com). 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 22 through Oct. 26. Produce, flowers, baked goods, pasta, jams, jellies, coffee, honey and maple products, chocolate, entertainment. Accepts WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons; some vendors accept credit/debit cards.

Marketplace at Larkin Square, 745 Seneca St., 14210. 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 19 through Sept. 18 (362-2665; larkinsquare.com/marketplace). Produce, breads, baked goods, tea and coffee, pet treats, crafts and jewelry. Some vendors accept credit/debit cards.

Lancaster Market, 4913 Transit Road, (481-2961; lancastervillagemarket.com). 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, through Oct. 27. Produce, eggs, organic meat, baked goods, jams and jellies, cut flowers, cheeses, pasta. New: soap, dog treats. Accepts WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons, EBT; some vendors accept credit/debit cards.

Orchard Park Farmers’ market at Fox Run, 5689 Big Tree Road, (662-5001; foxrunorchardpark.com). 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, through Oct. 31. Fruit and vegetables, coffee and hot chocolate, fudge, cheese, olive oil, baked goods, meat, pasta, preserves, annuals. New: lunches, monthly cooking classes. Some vendors accept WIC, Senior Nutrition coupons, EBT cards and credit and debit cards.

Riverside Farmers’ market, 2607 Niagara St., 14207. (877-3910. 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, July 14 - Sept. 29. Jams and jellies, salsas, goat cheese and milk, organic dog treats, arts and crafts. Some vendors accept EBT and credit/debit cards.

Roswell Park Cancer Institute Farmers’ market, Kaminski Park at Elm and Carlton streets (845-4062, roswellpark.org). 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, through Oct. 9 (no market on July 24). Produce, pet treats, soaps, flowers and plants, jellies, jams, popsicles, breads, baked goods, pasta. Some vendors accept WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons.

Springville Farmers’ market, Gentners Auction, 341 W. Main St., (592-4062, gentnerspringvilleauction.com). 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, through October; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. October through May. Seasonal produce, livestock, plants, baked goods, cut flowers, furniture, arts and crafts. Some vendors accept WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons.

University Community Farmers’ market, University at Buffalo South Campus, near Main Street and Kenmore Avenue, (829-3524; ourheights.org/farmersmarket, facebook.com/ucfm1). 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, through Oct. 12. Produce, jams and jellies, baked goods and desserts, plants and flowers, health foods. New: food truck (June 22). Accepts WIC and Senior Nutrition Coupons.

Williamsville Farmers’ market, 56 E. Spring St., (984-6572; williamsvillefarmersmarket.com). 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, through Oct. 26. Produce, doughnuts, soaps, mushrooms, organic meats, ice pops, pasta, sauces and dips, coffee, syrups, live music and children’s activities. New: granola, organic and gluten-free baked goods. Some vendors accept WIC, Senior Nutrition coupons, credit/debit cards.

Genesee County

Genesee Country Farmers’ market, 8315 Park Road (Batavia Downs), (560-0853; gcfarmersmarket.com). 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Friday, June 11 through Oct. 29. Produce, meat, sausage, flowers, eggs, goat soap, wine, baked goods, maple products, honey, pulled pork. Grower-only market. Accepts WIC, Senior Nutrition coupons and EBT benefits; some vendors accept credit/debit cards.

Downtown Batavia Public Market, Ellicott (Route 63) and Center streets, (585- 344-0900; downtownbataviany.com). 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, June 20 through Sept. 26. Produce, baked goods, honey and maple products, flowers, garden products, wine, crafts, food demos. New: dog treats. Accepts WIC. 

LeRoy Farmers’ market, Trigon Park (Route 5), (585-749-6915; leroyfarmersmarket.org). 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 22 through Oct. 13. Organic fruit and vegetables, maple syrup, eggs, meat, cheese, baked goods, flowers, coffee, nut butters, live music. Accepts WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons; some vendors accept credit/debit cards.

Niagara County

Barker Farmers’ market, Main Street and Quaker Road (Route 148 N.) (795-3787; villageofbarker.org). 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 20 through Aug. 29. Fruit and vegetables, bread, pies, jams and jellies, honey, flowers, arts and crafts, used books and CDs from the Barker Free Library, Some vendors accept WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons.

Middleport Community Farmers’ market, 81 Rochester Road (Route 31), Middleport (514-9645). 2 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, June 12 through Oct. 30. Seasonal fruit and vegetables, honey, dried herbs, jellies and jams, eggs, baked goods. Accepts WIC, Senior Nutrition coupons, EBT and credit/debit cards.

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

North Tonawanda Farmers’ market, Payne at Robinson streets, (830-6025). 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, year-round. Produce, baked goods, coffee, herbs, chocolate, cheese, meat, sausage, maple syrup. New: eggs, wine, chicken and pork. Accepts Senior Nutrition coupons, WIC and EBT; some vendors accept credit/debit cards.

Wheatfield Farmers’ market, 2800 Church Road, (694-6441). 3:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 12 through Oct. 9. Fruit and vegetables, baked goods, meat, honey, eggs, sausage, live music throughout the summer. New: olive oil, vinegars, coffee and tea.

Orleans County

Albion/Orleans County Farmers’ market, 320 West Ave. (Save-A-Lot plaza), (585-798-3986). 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 8 through Oct. 26. Fruit and vegetables, maple and honey products, sausage and jerky. Accepts WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons.

Medina/Orleans County Farmers’ market, Erie Canal Basin, (585-798-3986). Noon to 5 p.m. Thursday, through Oct. 25. (Open 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 4.) Produce, honey and maple products. Accepts WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons.

Wyoming County

Perry Farmers’ market, Perry Festival Plaza, South Main Street, (585-237-2614; perryfarmersmarket.com). 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 15 through Sept. 28. Produce, maple and honey products, meats, baked goods, cheese, flowers, crafts, live music. New: wine, mustard. Accepts WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons.

email: jsilverstein@buffnews.com