Navigating the Elmwood Bidwell Farmers Market
blog by Ben Tsujimoto • June 03, 2011 @ 9:31am
You’ve probably been to a farmer’s market, strolling leisurely from stand to stand to gaze at the fresh produce, meat, bread and dairy on display. I have a hard time just gazing; I’m one of the folks with a bad habit of touching every cucumber or tomato for full examination. Unsurprisingly, I’ve been banned from several farmers markets. Regardless, more normal folks are lured in by the fresh smell and invigorated by the notion of “buying local,” Buffalo’s grandest food endeavor.
With the Elmwood Bidwell Farmers Market Tour & Taste, organized by Nickel City Chef producers Feed Your Soul, market guests can witness the farm-to-table process that local restaurants rely on regularly. You won’t have to do it alone, either; Feed Your Soul invites informed tour guides, guest chefs and farmers and artisans to enhance the tour and provide insight into their respective jobs.
Plus, you’ll be offered samples. There’s only one thing I enjoy more than a delicious sample of cheese with that dainty little toothpick and a little colored plastic at the end. What’s that? Shooting a small ball of paper into a garbage can from a reasonable distance. Man, that feels good. Guests can also ask questions, take home a packet of information on local agriculture and sustainability, and grab a re-usable Eat Local Buffalo grocery bag for future market trips.
A tour is $10 and can be ordered at EatLocalBuffalo.com. Here are the dates: