Tuesday, May 13, 2014

New farmers market adds to W.S. offerings

     Those with an affinity for farmers markets will have an expanded list to choose from this year, as a new summer indoor/outdoor market that kicked off May 10.
     Connect Market, which will utilize the Horsefeathers building  at 346 Connecticut St., features fresh, organic produce, spices, flowers and bread, among other items, from about 10 vendors. It provides a place at the table for sellers who were unable to get into the Elmwood-Bidwell farmers market.
     Connect Market started as a conversation between Martin Danilowicz, owner of the restaurant Martin Cooks, and Buffalo Rising publisher Newell Nussbaumer. Martin Cooks is one of the five permanent fixtures within Horsefeathers, where Nussbaumer spent time working and writing.
     “It was just a natural progression,” Nussbaumer said. “It started as, ‘Wouldn’t it be great to have this year-round?’ and then went from there.”
     Danilowicz called his councilman to get the ball rolling, and Nussbaumer handled the rest, orchestrating what is now Connect Market. The market will run until the start of the annual winter market, around mid-October.
 Nussbaumer hopes to have 15 vendors at the market “soon” and views it as working in synergy with the established markets, including Elmwood-Bidwell and The Peddler flea market on Elmwood and West Ferry. He hopes to create a “market trek” from Elmwood to the West Side, where walkers or bikers can venture to each establishment.
     Danilowicz is excited for the opportunity to create a buzz on his restaurant’s block.
     “I just want to see Connecticut Street busy,” he said. “Years ago, the Italian Festival used to be on this street, but it’s not anymore. Being a tenant on this street now, I just need to see it flourish.” By Angelica Rodriguez and Brandon Waz