It’s farm market time in Buchanan

Published 5:39 pm Thursday, May 17, 2012

Twin Maples Orchard has been with the Buchanan Farmers’ Market for most of its seven-year existence. Andrew Zielbauer, grandson of the orchard’s founders, is on hand to serve the best of local fresh produce and fruits throughout the season. Off the Water photo/KATHIE HEMPEL

May means the season opening of the Buchanan Farmers’ Market, a place reminiscent of the days when farmers brought their good to sell in town and cityfolk gathered to visit, sharing news and recipes.

“This year Paris Soda Shop from Niles is joining us,” said Beth Chubb, who has volunteered on the farmers’ market board since the market opened in the summer of 2005. “They sell wonderful quiche and soups and will even make you a great deli sandwich you can enjoy on the picnic tables, also new this year. Produce vendors include Concord Ridge, Eckler’s Produce, including hydroponic crops and another original mainstay Twin Maple Orchards out of Galien.

“Roseland Organic Meats have a stall, and there will be plenty of plants and yard art available to help people get their gardens ready.

“We have lots of people selling handcrafted jewelry and other crafts, like our ‘Bag Lady’ Carolyn Schneider. Breadsmith is always on hand with fresh-baked goods and an exciting addition is Granddaddy’s Kettle Corn,” Chubb said.

Jen Singleton is entering her second year as market master.

“I’m having a lot of fun,” Singleton said.  “I just love it.  Meeting new people is always a pleasure and with all the vendors … everyone gets along so well. Last year, I remember one of the vendors had some peaches that were seconds. When I looked around, there was everyone enjoying the peaches he passed out.

“There is something for everyone here,” Singleton said. “This year, we don’t yet have anyone selling the dog treats and that was always popular, as people love to come with their dogs, but really there is not much I would change.”

She says new vendors are encouraged and, once cottage laws are met and applicants meet the board’s approval, all are welcome.

“We don’t discriminate on vendors,” Singleton said. “There have been a lot of new vendors added each year because as other markets raise their booth prices, ours stay very reasonable.”

Each week there is a booth set aside for non-profits who want to raise money with a bake sale. It is so popular there is only one week for this year’s season still open. Community is what this place is all about. Looking for work in the skilled trades?  Come to the market May 26. Kilgore Industries will be taking applications.

Buchanan Farmers’ Market

Where: The Common in Buchanan behid the library off of Front Street

When: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday through Oct. 8

More info: Go to to find the vendors calendar so you know who is going to be there and you can even see how to find them on Facebook, read their blog and apply to be a vendor.