Downtown Jamestown Development Corp. officials have expanded the free-parking options in the area surrounding the weekly Univera Healthcare Downtown Jamestown Farmers Market on Third Street.
Although the market has offered free curbside parking over the past few years, several additional spaces can be found in the parking lot, commonly referred to as the Gebbie Lot, on the corner of Second and Washington streets. Those visiting the market are asked to enter the lot on Foundry Alley, driving slowly and cautiously through the market, and turning right into the lot to take advantage of all the additional free parking available to market patrons. Spaces have been reserved specifically for those attending the market.
"With all of the new additions and upgrades to the market we knew this was one area that needed improvement as well," said Tiffani Conti, DJDC special projects manager. "Many patrons appreciate the curbside parking but those few spaces did not accommodate the number of customers that filter through the market on a weekly basis. We now have numerous spaces reserved in the lot in addition to the four spaces located on Third Street."
Pictured above are local products from the Univera Healthcare Downtown Jamestown Farmers Market.
Continuing each week with live music, Brian Hanna will perform from noon to 1 p.m. Friday. Additional musicians are needed throughout the market season. Anyone interested in performing is asked to call Mrs. Conti at 664-2477, ext 226.
Eat Smart New York will be providing a food demonstration with samples. Friday's demonstration will feature local cherries provided by the market farmers.
Market food vendors available include Elegant Edibles Catering, Big Pitt BBQ and Planet Earth Catering.
The market has also added new vendor Uncle J's Vanilla, which provides vanilla spices and other cooking items. The shop carries a complete line of natural home care products that are Natural Products Association Certified including all purpose cleaner, window cleaner, tub and tile cleaner and room deodorizers. In addition, natural personal care items including lip balms, lip tints, hand creams and lotions, bath salts and a baby care line are also available.
Area youth are welcome to participate in the eat local challenge, a contest that encourages youth to eat local and learn about local produce. There are nine different tasks available and each entry must complete a minimum of four tasks to enter.
The challenge will run through the 2012 market season with a winner drawn at the Univera Healthcare Downtown Jamestown Farmers Market on Friday, Oct. 19. Three prizes will be awarded with first place receiving a one-year membership to the Jamestown YMCA. Entry forms available online at www.discoverjamestown or at the farmer's market information booth.
The market is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays in Foundry Alley next to the Dr. Lillian Vitanza Ney Renaissance Center.