by Matt Steinberg

BidwellFarmersMarketLast Saturday I did a little shopping at Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market, which is located in the park that separates the lanes of Bidwell Parkway, at Elmwood Avenue. Both sides of the park were filled with vendors selling a wide variety of seasonal and artisanal goodness, from raspberries, blueberries and tomatoes to pasta, sorbet and sausage. The weather was perfect for a little morning browsing – 75 and sunny, and a string band was there to entertain the customers while they shopped. Everything was so fresh that it was hard not to spend every dollar I had on fruit, but I managed to limit myself to the aforementioned raspberries and blueberries, plus blackberries and tangerines. The great thing about this market is that it’s producer only – no middlemen allowed – so the fruit I bought on Saturday was still growing on Thursday. Try getting that from the supermarket!

The Market is open 8:00am – 1:00pm each Saturday from mid-May through mid-December. In addition to musical entertainment, there are different demonstrations each week – the next few weeks feature antique creamery equipment and pesto preparation. For more information, go to

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