There's a new reason to visit Buffalo's West Side, as the Winter Market at Horsefeathers prepares to open its doors Saturday morning. YNN's Kaitlyn Lionti tells us what customers can expect and what else is in store for the building this year.
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- East Aurora farmer Daniel Roelofs keeps crops growing throughout the winter, and starting Saturday, he'll have a new place to sell his products when the weather's cold.
He's one of 12 local food vendors taking part in the new Winter Market at Horsefeathers.
"It's a great opportunity for farmers to continue their relationship with their customers,” said Roelofs. “So you're providing food for the people you're used to providing food for. I also have storage crops, onions and carrots that will keep all year long as well, so it's an opportunity to distribute that food as well."
A project many years in the making, the Frizlen Group is leading the renovations to the historic Horsefeathers building, which president Karl Frizlen says is now a national landmark.
"We're looking forward to being successful in this corner of the city and hope everything goes well," said Frizlen.
Frizlen says while the Winter Market is opening this weekend, the building's renovations are still not completely finished. But he says they're planning to have permanent vendors occupying the building in February, including a bistro.
"They're basically small, local, family businesses and they make food here,” Frizlen. “For example, pasta. We'll have the Pasta Peddler here. It's important for us, you know, that people come in here, they see how local food is processed and being made."
As for the upper floors, Frizlen says they will house 24 loft-style apartments, which he hopes to have occupied this summer.
"Who wouldn't want to live upstairs, right?” said Frizlen. “You can just basically go down in your pajamas and have a cup of coffee."
In the meantime, Roelofs is looking forward to this opportunity to feed the community.
"A farmer's market is just as much a cultural entertainment experience as it is a place where you can grow vegetables, so it's exciting that they're revitalizing the West Side," said Roelofs.
The Winter Market will run every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon through early May.