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Completed project provides permanent home to Olean’s Farmers Market

Lincoln Square, a $1.25 million project providing permanent buildings to house the Olean Farmers Market and other events, has been completed, Empire State Development officials announced.

The project, located at 100 East State Street, includes an open-air pavilion structure for vendors, restrooms, park furniture, landscaping, an outdoor bistro facility and lighting. Located in the center of Olean’s North Union business district, "the permanent event space will draw more people to the area to shop at the farmers market, attend community events and boost local businesses," said Howard Zemsky, Empire State Development's president, CEO and commissioner.

To help build the market, Empire State Development provided $220,000 and the New York State Senate provided a $600,000 grant.

The Rural Enterprise Association of Proprietors has held farmers markets in various locations in Olean since 1988. The new facility is an extension of the “Walkable Olean” project.

“Local vendors at the farmers market will benefit greatly from having a new permanent location to sell their goods," said Stephanie Beneng, Olean Farmers Market manager. "Lincoln Square will allow us to hold the market even when the weather is less than ideal."

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