PERRY – The Perry Farmers’ Market will continue into September with live music, fresh produce, and changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“There is still music, but for shoppers to listen to as they get their produce,” said Meghan Hauser, an organizer of the market.
Shoppers and vendors must all be masked and vendors are appropriately spaced, said Hauser.
The market also created “chat zones,” areas off to the side of the market where friends can get in a few words, but not impede traffic flow, Hauser said.
The market worked with the Wyoming County Health department and the state’s guidelines for “low impact outdoor events,” which is how some area museums have been able to open.
“We are taking all the proper precautions,” Hauser said.
The market and its “Summer Saturdays” arts series, which run through Sept. 26, are in their 18th summer. The market runs from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, with the arts series beginning at 10 a.m. each week in the downtown Festival Plaza in Perry.
Musical performers include guitarist Johnny Bauer, Maria Gillard, The Quigleys, blues from Gordon Munding and Steve West, and old-time music from the likes of The Band Anastazja, Dark Road Duo and Allen Hopkins.
Artisans will include fiber artist Susan Swanson, stained glass artisan Bonnie Dupont, English paper piecer Sarah Ballinger, and potter Clare Lowsby. The Wyoming County Master Gardeners and Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Don Gasiewicz will also appear to answer questions at the market this season.
Fifteen to 20 farm vendors will offer a variety of the produce and homemade products.
The upcoming schedule:
n July 18, “Summer Strumming”: Vocalist and guitarist Johnny Bauer, “Mushroom Cultivation” with Don Gasiewicz, Cornell Cooperative Extension.
n July 25, “The Glories of Summer and Song”: Earthy folk originals from Maria Gillard, stained glass artist Bonnie Dupont.
n Aug. 1, “A Midsummer’s Market”: Ben Haravitch, who performs country blues guitar and old-timey banjo as Benny Bleu. fiber artists Susan Swanson.
n Aug. 8, “Music that’s All in the Family”: The Band Anastazja, a family band playing old-time music.
n Aug. 15, “A Swinging Saturday”: Featuring The Biggest Little Band, The Quigleys, a musical duo that sounds like a full-size band. Performing at the Chalk Art Festival are Kelly’s Old Timers (8:30 to 11 a.m.), original and traditional American roots music; Creek Bend (11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.), original and traditional American roots music; The Brothers Blue (1:30 to about 4:15 p.m.), classic Americana music.
n Aug. 22, “Bounty of the Market”: Gordon Munding, Southern blues and country mountain music, Master Gardeners John Glenn and Trisha Morris-Kopinski.
n Aug. 29, “Foot Stomping Saturday”: Dark Road Duo, classic blues, folk and old-time country music; Clare Lowsby, Middle Earthenwares Pottery.
n Sept. 5, “Autumn’s Harvest”: Steve West, blues and unique interpretations of musical favorites, Sarah Ballinger, English paper piecing.
n Sept. 12, “Changing Seasons”: Allen Hopkins, traditional music on many instruments.
n Sept. 19, “Chester A. Arthur Day”: Sarah Eide and Daniel Hoh, a mix of covers and original music.
n Sept. 26, “Fall Fling”: Folk O’ the Road, traditional American music, pumpkin carving.
For a complete listing of Summer Saturdays events and more information about the market, visit www.perryfarmersmarket.com.