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June 8, 2019 - 10:04am
posted by Howard B. Owens in video, public market, downtown, batavia.
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The Batavia Downtown Public Market opened Friday at Alva Place and Bank Street.

June 8, 2018 - 10:04pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in farmers market, public market, downtown, BID, news, batavia.

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It was a bright, beautiful day for the first day of the Batavia's Downtown Public Market at Bank and Alva.

In addition to many returning favorites for the Genesee County Farmer's Market, there were two new vendors at the market today, Market Manager Mike Bakos told WBTA. 

Pickle Annie's offers a variety of pickles as well as flavored cider vinegar, which Bakos said is supposed to be good for joint health.

Also new this year is Bad Ash BBQ (The Batavian's publisher and editor can recommend the pulled pork sandwich with baked beans and coleslaw).

"This is a really good spot for the market because we can attract vendors all season long and expand," Bakos said. "We can make the market bigger as needed and that’s really nice."

The market sells $5 Farmers Market Money gift certificates and if you buy $45 worth you get another $5 free.  

The market also accepts SNAP benefits and thanks to a grant, through July, customers who use their SNAP benefits card at the market will receive a $2 coupon for each $5 purchased from a food vendor.

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May 31, 2018 - 3:00pm


Downtown Batavia Public Market Opens on Friday, June 8th!

The Public Market located at Bank Street and Alva Place parking lot will welcome back more than 20 vendors again this summer and fall, along with some brand-new vendors. Market hours will continue on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This year’s market will host a special Kids Day on Aug 10th.

If you are interested in being a vendor at the Downtown Batavia Public Market please contact Mike Bakos at [email protected] or 716.866.4958. Follow “Genesee Country Farmer’s Market” on Facebook for updates on produce and specialty items available.

July 27, 2017 - 8:54am
posted by Becky LeFevre in farmers market, public market, batavia, downtown, news.

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Biting into a fresh and juicy peach is a reminder that, regardless of gray skies and rain, summer is definitely upon us. This week there is a large selection of fruits and veggies that are just coming into season: field-grown tomatoes, sweet corn, eggplant, sweet and hot peppers, and plums. This is also prime time for pickling cucumbers.   Peaches are available, too, but freestone peaches (for canning, where the pit is easily removed) will be ready around Aug. 10th. 

We are all familiar with advertisements from stores announcing the “last chance” to buy something at a low price. My phone has been ringing with the same prerecorded call for the last three years, notifying me of my “last chance” to lower the interest rate on my credit card. I don’t believe it. But here in New York, our time to buy fresh, local food really is limited. Nature doesn’t let us grow berries in January. Now is the time to slice a red (or yellow, or purple) ripe tomato onto your salad this summer. Don’t miss the opportunity. 

Last summer, our local farmers were affected by the drought. But today it’s raining, again. At the Genesee Country Farmer’s Market, I asked Sharon from Schwab Farms in Gasport how the rain has been affecting their crops.

“We prefer it a little drier…but everything looks beautiful,” Sharon said with a smile. 

The Genesee Country Farmer’s Market is located at the corner of Bank Street and Alva Place (near JCPenney) in Downtown Batavia, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Fresh produce and baked goods are available every market day, but Friday has a larger variety of vendors and more craft and specialty items. 

June 9, 2017 - 8:33pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in downtown, public market, batavia, news, business.

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The Batavia Downtown Public Market season has started and the market will be open three days a week this year, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Above, one of the vendors, Charleen Satkowski, of Harper Hill Farm, of Darien.

June 10, 2016 - 7:45pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, downtown, BID, public market, farmers market, business, news.

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The new public market -- a merger of the Business Improvement District's public market and the Genesee County Farmers' Market -- opened at Bank Street and Alva Place today.

A new vendor this year is Big Bossman's BBQ, run by Anthony Person, of Lockport.

Person said his family has a long tradition in the food business, and after his mother died recently, he wanted to keep the tradition going.

Fighting back tears, Pearson told WBTA's Alex Feig that he was president of his mother's company, Mrs. Ribs, but after she died, he didn't want to trade on her name, so he bought his own truck and called it Big Bossman's, a name his parents used for their first restaurant, which they ran out of their home.

The recipes have been handed down generation after generation in his family, from mother to mother to mother, going back to the family's days as slaves in the South. 

He was pleased to get invited to be a vendor in Batavia, he said.

"I’m a small businessman just trying to make an honest living just like anybody else, always looking for a way to expand my market, sell my product in new areas, and Batavia, I’ve always wanted to come this way and the Farmers' Market offered me a chance to showcase my cuisine," he said.

The market will be open for business from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and will run through Oct. 28, weather permitting.

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June 7, 2016 - 12:14pm

Press release:

The Batavia Business Improvement District (BID) is pleased to announce the beginning of the season for the Genesee Country Farmers’ Market located at the Downtown Batavia Public Market.

The market is located at Bank and Alva streets and will operate from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays beginning this Friday, June 10th until Oct. 28th.

The market will offer fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, coffee, crafts and more.

Please come this Friday to join the many others who support the newly merged markets and to support the Downtown with this new venture.

For questions regarding the market, please contact Market President Bob Austen at (585) 991-8339.

July 2, 2015 - 3:56pm
posted by Traci Turner in batavia, bergen, public market, UMMC, Foodlink.

United Memorial Medical Center is partnering with Foodlink and New York Fresh Connect Farmers' Markets to offer fresh produce to Genesee County residents on wheels.

The produce truck will make two stops in the county every Monday. The first stop will be from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the Gillam Grant Community Center in Bergen. The second stop will be from 11:15 a.m. to noon in the United Memorial Jerome Center parking lot in Batavia. The market will run through mid-September. 

The goal of the market is to make fresh fruits and vegetables easily accessible to the community at affordable prices. Cash, debit, EBT and WIC will be accepted as forms of payment. For every $5 SNAP purchase, people will receive a $2 bonus.

June 19, 2015 - 9:36am
posted by Traci Turner in public market, BID, downtown batavia.

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The Downtown Public Market opened yesterday on Bank Street and Alva Place parking lot. The public market will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Thursday through the end of September. The public market offers a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, maple syrup, crafts, flowers and homemade dog treats, and more. Stop by for lunch -- Alston's BBQ pulled-pork sandwiches, hamburgers and hot dogs are also available for sale.

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June 17, 2015 - 3:00pm

Support your local farmers at your downtown farmacy in Downtown Batavia!

The Public Market is held on Bank Street & Alva Place Parking Lot from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Thursday from June 18th - Sept. 24th.

There you'll find fresh baked goods, vegetables, fruit, fresh cut flowers & herbs, dog treats, maple syrup, homemade sausage, jerky & smoked meats, handmade clothing, quilts, wooden toys & planters, pulled-pork sandwiches, hot dogs & BBQ sauces, and much more...

We'll have Master Gardeners from Cornell Cooperative Extension, drawings every week for a free gift basket!
 

SPONSORS: Java Farm Supply, DelPlato & Casey Law Firm
Interested vendors should call 585-344-0900
Market brought to you by: Downtown Batavia Business Improvement District

June 20, 2013 - 2:20pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, business, downtown, public market.

The Downtown Public Market opened today at the corner of Center and Ellicott.

Above, Eliza Schwab of Schwab Farms, Gasport.

Tiffany Ivison, Usborne Books.

Salters Alston, Alston's BBQ sauce. (Stop by for some pulled pork!)

June 21, 2012 - 2:00pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, downtown, public market, Ellicott Street, Center Street.

Abby Saville, working for The Enchanted Florist, holds sunflowers at the Downtown Public Market, located at the corner of Center and Eillicott streets, Batavia.

The Enchanted Florist is one of a few new businesses participating in the market this year.

The market runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every Thursday from now through Sept. 27.

It features locally grown produce, handcrafted goods and, of course, flowers.

July 7, 2011 - 9:35pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, downtown, farmers market, public market.

First goal after leaving the court house around noon -- getting a pulled pork sandwich from Alston's at the Downtown Public Market. Second goal, photos at the market.

Both goals accomplished.

And I also learned that Alston's now participates in the Genesee Country Farmers Market at Batavia Downs. That market is open on Tuesdays and Fridays, but Alston's is only there on Fridays.

The downtown market appears to be doing very well this year. There was certainly a great selection New York fruits and vegetables to "heart."

July 5, 2010 - 3:45pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in events, public market, downtown batavia.
Event Date and Time: 
July 29, 2010 - 9:30am to 4:30pm

The Batavia Business Improvement District's Public Market Committee is sponsoring the fourth annual Downtown Batavia Public Market, which takes place from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. every Thursday at the corner of Ellicott (Route 63) and Center streets.

Locally grown and made baked goods, fruits, veggies, cheese, maple syrup, flowers, herbs and more will be for sale. Jackson Street Grill/Belladessa's will be offering lunch, including food and beverages on sale from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

July 5, 2010 - 3:44pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in events, public market, downtown batavia.
Event Date and Time: 
July 22, 2010 - 9:30am to 4:30pm

The Batavia Business Improvement District's Public Market Committee is sponsoring the fourth annual Downtown Batavia Public Market, which takes place from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. every Thursday at the corner of Ellicott (Route 63) and Center streets.

Locally grown and made baked goods, fruits, veggies, cheese, maple syrup, flowers, herbs and more will be for sale.

Jackson Street Grill/Belladessa's will be offering lunch including food and beverages on sale from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

July 5, 2010 - 3:42pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in events, public market, downtown batavia.
Event Date and Time: 
July 15, 2010 - 9:30am to 4:30pm

The Batavia Business Improvement District's Public Market Committee is sponsoring the fourth annual Downtown Batavia Public Market, which takes place from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. every Thursday at the corner of Ellicott (Route 63) and Center streets.

Locally grown and made baked goods, fruits, veggies, cheese, maple syrup, flowers, herbs and more will be for sale. Jackson Street Grill/Belladessa's will be offering lunch, including food and beverages on sale from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

July 5, 2010 - 3:40pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in events, public market, downtown batavia.
Event Date and Time: 
July 8, 2010 - 9:30am to 4:30pm

The Batavia Business Improvement District's Public Market Committee is sponsoring the fourth annual Downtown Batavia Public Market, which takes place from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. every Thursday at the corner of Ellicott (Route 63) and Center streets.

Locally grown and made baked goods, fruits, veggies, cheese, maple syrup, flowers, herbs and more will be for sale. Jackson Street Grill/Belladessa's will be offering lunch, including food and beverages on sale from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

June 4, 2010 - 1:13pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, BID, public market.

On Thursday, June 17,  the fourth annual Downtown Batavia Public Market opens at the corner of Ellicott (Route 63) and Center streets. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This year there are some new vendors, including two wineries which will sell wine and offer tastings. There's also a vendor selling homemade Italian cookies and treats.

Plus, the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County will offer free nutritional programs and information. The City of Batavia Police Department will provide free child car seat inspections. And other special events are planned.

Shoppers can expect to find a wealth of locally grown produce and foods. These include baked goods, fresh sweet corn, tomatoes, onions, berries, peaches, apples, cheese, honey, maple syrup, cut flowers, herbs, garden accessories and lots more.

Stop by and have lunch, served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jackson Street Grill/Belladessa's will offer hot dogs, hamburgers and pizza for sale along with beverages.

"Support the downtown that supports our community," says the sponsor, the Batavia Business Improvement District's Public Market Committee.

For more information, call 344-0900 or visit this website <www.downtownbataviany.com>.

September 16, 2009 - 4:45pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, events, public market, downtown batavia.
Event Date and Time: 
September 17, 2009 - 8:30am to September 18, 2009 - 3:30am

Due to popular demand, the Downtown Batavia Public Market has extended its season one more Thursday. The market’s last day will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17. It is centrally located at Ellicott and Center streets in downtown Batavia.

The market will be offering fresh corn, tomatoes, peaches, baked goods, cheese, flowers, honey, maple syrup and lots more. Support the downtown that supports your community.

Sponsored by: Batavia Business Improvement District Public Market Committee.

June 25, 2009 - 9:47pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, downtown, public market.

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This afternoon, I popped over to the first day of the Downtown Public Market on Ellicott and Center. First stop: Alston's Bone-Suckin Bar-B-Que sauce stand. The sample alone was worth the trip.  Then I had a couple of red hots from the Jackson St. Grill said.

The market closed early today after the National Weather Service sent out a severe thunderstorm warning.

It will open again next Thursday in the same location at 8:30 a.m.

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