It is the thick of the homegrown season, with fruits and vegetables coming in at a rapid pace.
We have a fun excursion that combines two of our favorite hobbies, shopping for food and eating out: a trip to the Hamburg farmers market and brunch at one of three restaurants in the village that serve a Saturday brunch.
The market is open every Saturday through November, so there is plenty of time gather up the season's bounty. In addition to fruits and vegetables, the market features a variety of vendors selling other food items like honey, baked goods and more. Why not invite friends you meant to see all summer but never quite got around to doing so?
The restaurants also serve on Sunday, but with football season right around the corner, hours could change, which makes a Saturday visit more attractive. Basically you can extend the brunch season and watch football without conflict.
All three locations are close to the market, so once you park, you’re good. The Hamburg Farmers Market runs 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, through Nov. 3, and is located in the village's municipal parking lot. Entrances on both Union and Main streets. Street parking is available.
61 Buffalo St., 649-2101, reservations, cocktails
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Also: Open Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday, 4 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 4 to 10 p.m.; and Sunday sauce 5 to 9 p.m.
The creative menu features toast and jam for the table ($9) along with intriguing items like stuffed popovers with scrambled eggs, bacon, cheese and bruleed onion ($13).
For the sweet breakfast eaters, find items like Dan’s salted caramel French toast with vanilla bean whipped cream. For simple folk, “Just Breakfast” with two eggs, toast, house smoked ham or bacon, and potato hash is the ticket.
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22 Main St., 648-0022, reservations, cocktails
Breakfast/lunch Wednesday through Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Also: Sunday 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday 4:30 to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 4:30 to 10 p.m.
The Grange’s “all day” menu features breakfast items like simple homemade sourdough toast with butter and seasonal jam ($4.25) and a summer grain bowl ($9.50) to breakfast sandwiches, like breakfast sausage, fried egg, cheddar and charred pepper mayo on a biscuit ($6-$7) starting at 7:30 a.m.
At 11 a.m., lunch items are added, like chilled corn soup ($8), double cheeseburger ($14) and wood-fired pizzas.
One Buffalo St., 649-2454, fast casual
8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday
Also: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday
Prima Oliva sells those scrumptious flavored olive oils and vinegars, perfect for cooking with the fruits and vegetables you just bought at the farmers’ market. The location in Hamburg recently added a café with fast casual service at a counter.
Breakfast is served all day, and features items like a veggie omelet ($8), oatmeal with fresh fruit ($4) and chicken sausage quinoa crusted quiche ($6). A build-your-own yogurt bowl is ($6).
A breakfast trio ($9) includes scrambled eggs, local pepper bacon and home fries. Items like cold-pressed juices ($6) and banana oat pancakes ($7) round out the menu. The restaurant also features daily specials.