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Seasonal farmers market to open May 15 in West Seneca

With commitments from 23 vendors and possibly more on the way, a seasonal farmers’ market in West Seneca received the green light Monday to begin operations May 15.

The Town Board unanimously approved a memorandum of agreement with Kirchmyer Media, which will operate the weekly market. It will run from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Sept. 4, adjacent to Town Hall on Union Road.

“Everything has been very positive so far,” said Joe Kirchmyer of West Seneca, who handles promotions for two similar ventures in Buffalo: the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers’ Market and the Winter Market in Horsefeathers.

“In terms of vendors, right now we have 23 that are signed up,” Kirchmyer said. There were three more inquiries Monday, he added.

Kirchmyer previously said desirable vendors would include local farmers, bakeries, butchers, cheese makers and wineries.

Holding the market on Thursdays could help attract vendors who are in demand at weekend venues, he said, plus capitalize on crowds of people attending athletic events or concerts on the municipal campus.

Meanwhile, two proposed amendments to the Town Code, related to the market’s operation, will be up for public hearings at the board’s April 21 meeting. One would allow for the consumption of alcoholic beverages at the market, where beer and wine tastings are planned. The other would exclude a vendor from being considered a transient retail business while participating in the market.

In other business Monday, the Town Board awarded a contract for the installation of a prefabricated comfort station/storage building at the Burchfield Nature & Art Center to NewCal Construction of Darien. Their $149,500 bid was the lowest of five submitted.

In 2006, a combination restroom and storage building was designed for the eastern end of the center’s parking lot, but never built. Because of limited operating hours at Union Road building, which has public restrooms, the town had been renting a pair of portable toilets each summer.

During two rounds of bidding last year – between which the design was modified to reduce costs – contractors quoted prices ranging from $265,000 to $350,000. Town officials then started looking at prefabricated units.