It was the Saturday morning of Labor Day weekend and I assumed the Market at the Mill in Williamsville would be empty as people traveled, or headed to the water, for the last official weekend of summer. I was wrong. The market had barely been open an hour when I arrived a few minutes before 9 a.m., and there was already a small crowd moving from booth to booth. I snagged a parking spot on Main Street, right in front of the library, and had no trouble finding a break in traffic to cross over to the market, which stretches down East Spring Street.
There were about 25 tents lining the street right by the historic Williamsville Mill. You could find everything from fresh coffee to cupcakes to fresh meat to the pasta peddler. Of course there were multiple vendors selling fresh fruits and veggies. Since I was planning to go to the lake for the weekend and wouldn’t be cooking, I skipped over the fresh veggies and added the market to my to-do list for the next weekend!
The vendors were all relaxed and friendly, willing to strike up a conversation but not push you into a sale. A couple made comments about needing another cup of coffee, it was early on a Saturday morning after all! Good thing there are plenty of fresh coffee vendors.
What surprised me the most was the variety of fresh cut flowers available. I saw everything from gladiolas to lilies. I hadn’t thought about getting cut flowers at a farmers market and they were really reasonable. Not only did they brighten up the whole market but they smelled great too.
I grabbed a small bucket of Jersey Mac apples from a friendly vendor stocked with all kinds of fruit. I was tempted by the pears, but knew I could never eat them all.
It only took me about 20 minutes to walk around the whole market. It would take even less time if I knew exactly what I wanted. On my way out I was lured to the booth selling kettle corn and restrained myself from buying the large bag, instead grabbing a small bag that I promptly opened and taste tested on my way home.
Overall, Market at the Mill hit a home run. It was quick and accessible but it had everything you could want. It was kid friendly and dog friendly, and very easy to walk around. It’s open from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturdays from May to October. Make sure you visit this fall. For more pictures, check out the album we posted on our Facebook page. And tell us what your favorite thing to buy at Market at the Mill below!