Thursday will be the community's last chance to enjoy fresh locally grown produce from the winter market this season. The winter market will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Dr. Lillian Vitanza Ney Renaissance Center.
The market is offering an array of fresh produce including brussel sprouts, collards, kale, peppers, lettuce, arugula, salad mix, eggplant, Asian mustard, tomatoes, leeks, rutabaga, garlic, cut herbs, leeks, shallots, potatoes, parsnips, cabbage, onions, shallots, winter squash, potatoes, carrots, pea shoots and garlic. The farmers will also bring fresh, local eggs, cheese, goat milk fudge, cob popcorn, home-ground flours, jams and jellies, dry beans, and fresh-frozen meat including roasting chickens, goat meat and pork. All natural, organic goat milk soap and baked goods including cookies, brownies, bread and muffins will also be available.
Novelty vendors will be selling handmade and commercially made alpaca products including gloves, vests, yarn, hats, scarves, and socks (discounts available); handmade jewelry; handmade soaps, lotions, and candles; dream catchers; Valentine's Day gifts; calligraphy items; hand painted glassware, signs and bottles.
The winter market will be open this Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Dr. Lillian Vitanza Ney Renaissance Center. This will be the last day for the winter market. The summer market will re-open in June.
"It has been a wonderful addition to the downtown fabric this winter. The community has been so supportive of the market," said Tiffani Conti, JRC event and marketing associate. "There is an amazing community-driven effort to promote eating and shopping local and the market is one alternative to enjoy local produce while supporting our local agriculture."
Those who shop at the winter market have been enjoying free produce with every purchase. New this week, for every $2 produce purchase every customer will receive a $1 coupon to purchase additional product. Coupons must be used Thursday with no limit to the number of coupons distributed per customer.
"We are proud to be able to offer such an amazing incentive program, with the help of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, to encourage the community to eat fresh and local," added Conti. "Planning efforts have already started for the Downtown Jamestown Farmers Market and we are working very hard to include similar incentive programs for the summer season. We are anticipating another successful summer market with the community's support, the USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program grant we received, and additional market upgrades."
Free parking is available in front of the Renaissance Center. Metered parking is available along Foundry Alley and in the parking lot behind the Renaissance Center.
Busti Cider Mill & Farm Market: Fresh grown vegetables, apples, jams and jellies, maple products, local honey, fresh ground flours (whole wheat, rye, buckwheat, corn meal), bakery items and apple cider when available.
Calligraphy by Kathleen: Handmade calligraphy poetry, cards, signs, and keepsakes;
Creations by Sally & George: hand-painted bottles with lights, glassware, mailboxes, and Welcome signs;
Dun Roving Farm Alpaca Store: Handmade and commercial alpaca & alpaca blend products including socks, hats, mittens, scarves, gloves, vest, shawls, blankets, yarn & knitting needles, felted soap, roving to spin, and raw fleece;
Lady of the Lake: Hand crafted beach glass jewelry and art work, candles, candle holders, soaps and lotions, and dream catchers;
Small Meadows Farm: Locally grown produce, eggs, organic homemade goat milk soap, frozen meats and cheese.
More information about the market or call JRC at 664-2477, ext 226.