It’s hard to make it through the spring without stopping at the Broadway Market. Who can resist a chance to look at some of the beautiful, hand-painted Polish Easter eggs or the vibrant flower stands? And what is Easter without a butter lamb?
The best part of the Broadway Market, though, is that it is the home to vendors all year-round and it hosts some great events, too.
Part of what makes the market so interesting is its history. It was first built in 1888 as a place for immigrants to meet, set up businesses and, well, gossip. It quickly grew into a diverse market full of exotic foods like dates from Africa, cheeses from Italy and other luxury goods.
The actual structure of the Broadway Market has been updated three times since it was first built and has expanded to fill a full block, but walking into the market with its ethnic, old world atmosphere is still something like taking a step into the past.
The vendors at the market are family owned and operated and they offer fresh food from butcher shops to fruit and vegetable stands to bakeries as well as candy shops, delis and restaurants.
Anyone who has ventured to the roof of the market is in for a treat with a beautiful panoramic view of Buffalo and a luscious, green garden where members of the community rent and tend to plots filled with all kinds of vegetables. For anyone with a green thumb, the rooftop garden hosts workshops and community events including a yearly Multi-Faith Garden Blessing.
Even if gardening isn’t your thing, the market invites everyone to enjoy the space and has benches between the plots where you can sit and enjoy good weather and a great view of the Buffalo city skyline and Polonia’s “Seven Sisters” – seven churches that surround the Market.
The rooftop also provides space for some of the Broadway Market’s summer events like its annual Infringement music festival and “Up on the Roof Barbeque and Brews.”
Last Saturday’s Up on the Roof event featured beer from Community Beer Works, barbecue from Marge’s Soul Food and live music by Empress and the Royals.
If you get as excited about barbecue, brews and a roof with a view as we do, then don’t miss next week’s event on Saturday, August 19 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Flying Bison brewery will have a couple of taps set up, DJ Red will provide the music and, of course, food will be provided by the market’s vendors.