Jamestown Public Market Returns To Cherry Street

The Jamestown Public Market will start Saturday at 10 a.m. along Cherry Street between Second and Third streets. Located along the Pearl City Arts building, the market will continue to highlight local farms and vendors, while putting the spotlight on wellness and retail related businesses. Submitted photo

The Jamestown Public Market returns to Cherry Street this summer for the 2019 season starting today.

Continuing on Saturdays in downtown Jamestown, the public market will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market is partnering with title sponsors UPMC Chautauqua to host has a variety of events, programs and activities.

Linnea Carlson, market manager, said she is excited to debut some fresh ideas to the market while continuing existing programs.

“Last year was a real reinvention of the market; we launched a few new programs that were met with great community support, including the SPROUTs Club and our Community Compost Project. Both will continue this year,” Carlson said.

Located along the Pearl City Arts building, the market will continue to highlight local farms and vendors, while putting the spotlight on wellness and retail related businesses.

“We understand we are competing with larger grocery chains and the convenience of home delivery services. But we want our community to know we have everything you need when it comes to your weekly food shopping, picking up a gift for a loved one, and spending time with your neighbors. We will be debuting a weekly newsletter that will also be available via email, as well as expand our cooking demonstrations. It can be so easy to shop, cook and enjoy local, and we want to give you all the tools to do that” Carlson said.

The Jamestown Public Market will feature free live entertainment from local musicians and community groups, along with outdoor seating and prepared food offerings. The market has once again partnered with various community organizations to highlight local programs, including the Chautauqua Alcohol and Substance Abuse Council and The Resource Center.

In addition to community spotlights, the 2019 market will continue the Jamestown Public Market ‘SPROUTS’ Club, free weekly children’s activities and educational opportunities. All children who participate in market activities will receive a $2 voucher that can be spent on fresh fruits and vegetables. Activities this year include craft creation using food products, an introduction to food waste prevention, and a visit from the Buffalo Zoo Mobile.

“We are really excited for the Children’s Market, set for August 24, which has become one of our biggest events. We will have our annual Kids 1K, children vendors and a visit from some exotic animals,” Carlson said.

UPMC Chautauqua returns as the title sponsor.

“The Jamestown Public Market has a long history of providing community access to locally grown food growers and producers. The Market helps our local economy and supports healthy and nutritious foods for our local communities. As the leading health care provider in the region, UPMC Chautauqua is proud to support this longstanding program that encourages great tasting and healthy locally grown foods,” said Brian Durniok, UPMC Chautauqua interim president.

Opening day events include a live music by Juli Bessey, a noon cooking demo, and free face painting with Eventz by Scott. Events and programming scheduled for the 2019 season has been based on community feedback and an effort to expand market offerings. Featured vendors include Abers Acres, Hidden Valley Produce, Post Apples CSA, The Sweetest Thing , Green Heron Growers, Sunshine Honey, Elizabeth Gifford Macrame Gifts, The Biodome Project, Love Your Weeds, Into the Forest Bath and Beauty Products, and Merritt Winery. The market offers organic produce, locally grown fruits and vegetables, locally raised meat products, artisan goods, homemade baked goods, local honey, handmade soap products and much more.

The Jamestown Public Market continues to accept EBT, credit and debit and will once again participate in the Double Up Food Bucks program. More information on nutrition benefits can be found at the Market information tent. For more information, call Carlson at 489-3497 or email linnea@jamestownrenaissance.org.