Local performer Ken Larson will provide live entertainment from noon to 1 p.m. at Friday's Univera Healthcare Downtown Jamestown Farmers Market.
Larson, originally from New York City, plays music of all kinds in the area. Working at Infinity Visual and Performing Arts, Larson will bring a blend of musical sounds from the blues, rock, country and jazz as well as originals he has composed over the years.
The downtown market operates every Friday and will continue through Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Foundry Alley, next to the Dr. Lillian Vitanza Ney Renaissance Center on the corner of West Third and Washington streets.
Homemade jams and jellies, locally grown produce, popcorn and local maple syrup is available at the weekly market every Friday in downtown Jamestown.
The market continues to bring local farms selling farm-fresh produce, fresh-frozen meats, cheese, eggs, goat milk fudge, homemade baked goods and other specialty products. Market patrons will find sweet corn, peppers, apple cider, kale, squash, tomatoes, raspberries, sweet corn, carrots, beets, cauliflower, lettuce, potatoes, eggplant, broccoli, cabbage, cucumbers, apples, grapes, pears, watermelon and cantaloupe at Friday's market.
Elegant Edibles Catering offers fruit cups, giant homemade cookies or fresh pie with a rotating weekly menu. Big Pitt's BBQ will return to the market with its barbecue chicken and rib dinners, Uncle J's Vanilla offers vanilla spices, natural home care products and natural personal care products and Sr. Jorita's Breads carries artisan breads, cookies, cakes and pies.
Those visiting the farmer's market information booth can enter to win a $10 farmers market gift certificate by completing a brief survey. Free grab-and-go recipe cards are available in addition to free market parking on West Third Street and in the parking lot behind the Dr. Lillian Vitanza Ney Renaissance Center.
Through the state Fresh Connect Program, the market has received $2 Fresh Connect Coupons for those individuals using their EBT cards. For every $5 spent using an EBT card, the buyer will receive a $2 coupon for additional produce.
Eat Smart New York will be providing an on-site food demonstration using locally grown potatoes from Small Meadows Farm. Stop by the booth for a free sample and information on how to prepare the dish they will be distributing.
Eat Smart New York is designed to help limited income populations adopt healthier lifestyles. They offer sessions covering nutrition, parenting, in regard to the feeding relationship; food safety, physical activity and money management. The classes include food tasting, cooking demonstrations and hands-on experiences. Incentives and other resources are also provided for eligible participants. Classes normally run between six and 12 consecutive weeks, with classes lasting an hour, in small groups of between six and 12 participants. With advance notice, larger groups can be accommodated and, depending on need, individual sessions can be arranged. Bilingual education is also available.
For more information about Cooperative Extension's Family and Consumer Sciences programs, call 664-9502, ext. 216 or 217.