Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Where we'll be: Two more Saturday Community Markets, Beer Week hops, and our farm stand

With the Autumnal Equinox right around the corner, the end of summer is upon us. We will not dwell on how the summer sped by or how short the tomato season lasted. Instead, we will rejoice in a bountiful hop harvest, bushels of no-spray pears, and loads of bright orange pumpkins and squash!

There are only two more Saturdays in the Extended Lockport Community Market. Come on down to Canal Street between Lake Effect Ice Cream and Sweet Ride on Saturday 10am-2pm for fresh, local produce, baked treats, fresh eggs, honey, maple syrup, canned goods, and handmade arts & crafts. This week, a local Boy Scout Troop will be offering popcorn, too!

September Schedule

Thursday, Sept 19 Farmstand CLOSED
Saturday, Sept 21 Lockport Community Market OPEN 10am-2pm
Thursday, Sept 26 Farmstand 4pm-7pm OPEN
Saturday, Sept 28 Lockport Community Market OPEN 10am-2pm

Local Hops Get Brewed
Friday, Sept 20 is the beginning of Buffalo Beer Week 2013. You can taste McCollum Orchards hops in a local brew by Community Beer Works called Wet Frank Pale Ale, along with plenty of other local brews, at the Brewed in Buffalo Release Party at the Adam Mickiewicz Library and Dramatic Circle in Buffalo, Friday, Sept 20, 7-10pm.

Locally grown hops are really making a splash! We were thrilled to see our friend and fellow Niagara County hop grower, Bob Johnson, featured in an article about Buffalo's growing craft beer scene in the Lifestyle section of the Sunday Buffalo News. Way to go Buffalo area hop growers! Our visit from Harpoon Brewery, New England's largest brewery, made the front page of the Sunday Lockport Union Sun & Journal, too. (Sorry, no photo of that, though.)

October Schedule
In October, we will switch to two days a week farmstands down at the farm, Thursdays 4-7pm and Saturdays 10am-1pm for as long as we can into the month. We will have lots of fall favorites like organic butternut squash, acorn squash, spaghetti squash, carnival squash, pumpkins, leafy greens, beets, peppers, carrots, garlic, hops and no-spray Northern Spy apples. Oooo, it really is the taste and smell of fall.

Stay tuned as we start to offer hop wreaths and hop bine decorations and pre-orders on holiday hop wreaths in early October!