Many Buffalonians look at farmers' markets as a new phenomenon, maybe even a fad. And it's true: while a decade or so ago you were hard-pressed to find them outside the rural hinterlands, today there are a dozen or more of them inside the city limits, with more sprouting each year. The Clinton Bailey Farmers' Market is not one of the newbies, though: founded in 1930 as an outgrowth of the wholesale food distributors across the street at the '''Niagara Frontier Food Terminal''', it's by far the oldest and largest farmers' market in Buffalo, and the only one that remains open year round (though with sharply reduced hours in winter). At Clinton Bailey, you'll find stall after stall of growers and vendors each specializing in something a little different from their neighbor: booths manned by friendly folks with a knack for service, a genuine desire to steer their customers to the products they're searching for, and above all, an encyclopedic knowledge of the goods they grow or produce themselves — whether it be fresh fruits or vegetables, flowers and ornamental plants, baked goods, or other specialty foods. There's even a small flea market on weekends in summer with jewelry and other goods. Prices are astoundingly low even compared to other area farmers' markets. No matter what time of year you come, the Clinton Bailey Farmers' Market is an enjoyable and distinctly local experience: late fall sees the lot awash with green as local tree farms come on the scene to sell fresh-cut Christmas trees, then the market settles in for the winter with just a few diehard greenhouse farmers holding out in the market's enclosed interior space. Needless to say, though, summer is when you want to come — participants during the warm months include everyone from industrial farms hundreds of acres (hectares) in size to small family farms and hobby growers selling seedlings out of the back of their pickup trucks.
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Clinton Bailey Farmers Market
- Sun - Sat: 6:00 am - 3:00 pm
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