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Double Up Food Bucks WNY Expands to More Farmers Markets in 2015 Season




—-For Immediate Release—-


Buffalo, NY:

Field & Fork Network, a local non-profit organization, is thrilled to announce the expansion of their SNAP (supplemental nutrition assistance program) incentive Double Up Food Bucks WNY to more farmers markets across the region this season. Families and individuals who rely on food assistance will have a little bit extra to spend this season on fresh New York State (NYS) grown fruits and vegetables from now until October 31, 2015 at 15 participating farmers markets across 5 WNY counties.

Double Up Food Bucks WNY is a robust SNAP incentive program that provides a $1 for $1 match – up to $20 per market visit per day – for anyone who chooses to spend their SNAP dollars at a participating farmers market. The Double Up Food Bucks incentive dollars can only be used to purchase NYS grown fruits and vegetables. In 2014, Field & Fork Network in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Harvest NY, piloted the Double Up Food Bucks program at 7 local farmers markets with outstanding results. There was a 219% increase in SNAP purchases and a 415% increase in overall food assistance purchases at participating farmers markets. There were over 3000+ SNAP transactions completed and more than 1,000+ new SNAP customers came out to the markets to shop during the 16 week pilot.

Many customers who used Double Up Food Bucks WNY during the 2014 pilot said they benefited from the program. More than 90% of customers surveyed said they were purchasing more fruits and vegetables and 93% of customers said they were eating more fruits and vegetables as a result of the program. Additionally, the Double Up Food Bucks WNY program allows for federal food assistance dollars to be redirected into the local food and farming community. More than 70% of participating farmers said they were making more money and 62% of farmers reported having a new customer base as a result of the program.

“We feel fortunate to bring a program like Double Up Food Bucks to WNY where there is a need for greater access to fresh, affordable foods in many of our urban and rural communities. And the redirection of federal food assistance dollars into our local food and agriculture economy and into the hands of our local farmers is a bonus!” states Lisa Tucker, Co-founder and Executive Director of Field & Fork Network.

The following philanthropic foundations and corporations provide funding for the Double Up Food Bucks WNY SNAP incentive program; the John R. Oshei Foundation, Univera Healthcare, Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo, East Hill Foundation, Grigg Lewis Foundation, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, First Niagara Foundation and M&T Bank.

The Double Up Food Bucks WNY is available from July 1, 2015-October 31, 2015. Below is a complete list of Double Up Food Bucks WNY participating farmers markets for 2015. For more information please visit

Double Up Food Bucks WNY Farmers Markets

Allegany County

Southern Tier Farmers Market – Belmont

32 Willets Avenue


Thursdays 11am-5pm

Cattaraugus County

Southern Tier Farmers Market – Franklinville

13 Park Square


Wednesdays 3pm-6pm


Southern Tier Farmers Market – Olean

1900 Constitution Avenue


Fridays 2pm-6pm


Southern Tier Farmers Market – Salamanca

12 Park Avenue


Tuesdays 11am-5pm


R.E.A.P. Olean Farmers Market

Walmart Plaza, 3142 W. State Street


Saturdays 8am-1pm


Chautauqua County

Downtown Jamestown Farmers Market

Cherry Street between 3rd & 2nd Streets



Thursdays 12pm-6pm

Fredonia Farmers Market

Church Street, Downtown Fredonia


Saturdays 9am-1pm


Erie County

Clinton Bailey Farmers Market

1443-1517 Clinton Street

Open Year-Round

Summer: May-November

Saturdays 6am-6pm

Sundays 8am-1pm

Mon-Fri 7am-6pm


Downtown Buffalo Country Market

Main Street between Court St. & Church St.


Tuesdays & Thursdays 8am-2:30pm


ECMC Farmers Market at Grider St.

Across the street from Erie County Medical Center


Fridays 10am-3pm


Elmwood Bidwell Farmers Market

Corner of Elmwood Avenue & Bidwell Parkway


Saturdays 8am-1pm


Massachusetts Avenue Project – Mobile Market


MAP Farm Stand 389 Massachusetts Ave Tuesdays 4-7 pm

Gerard Place 2515 Bailey Ave Wednesdays 11am-1pm

FLARE 307 Leroy Ave Wednesdays 4-6 pm

Harmac Medical Products 2201 Bailey Ave Thursdays 11am-1pm

Elim Christian Fellowship 70 Chalmers Ave Thursdays 4-7 pm

The Salvation Army 960 Main St Fridays 11am-1pm


North Buffalo Farmers Market

1113 Hertel Avenue


Thursdays 3pm-7pm

Niagara County

Lockport Community Market

Historic Canal Street


Saturdays 9am-2pm


North Tonawanda Farmers Market

Robinson Street near Payne Avenue

Year Round

Tuesdays/Thursdays/Saturdays 8am-1pm


How Many Times Can A Politician Mention His Name?

Filed under: Local Politics



As an Amherst resident I received a mailing from Assemblymember Ray Walters. It is really incredible the number of name drops Walter’s pulls off in one 8 1/2 by 11 piece of paper.

The mailing at taxpayer expense highlights three events the Assemblymember is holding. Somehow in mentioning three events his name is dropped by my count 10 times! Along with three photos of himself.

Clearly the main purpose of the mailing is not to provide information, the purpose is to promote the Assemblymember at a time when he is campaigning for higher office.

It just get’s tiring how being in elected office is primarily about self promotion.


This Modern World: The Long, Long, Long Race for the White House


Eichel: “Buffalo I’m Coming For Ya”

h_butoday_IMG_2835Jack Eichel had his coming out party to the Buffalo media and public yesterday, just hours after signing an entry level contract and officially becoming a member of the Buffalo Sabres.

It was a packed gallery at the First Niagara Center, with more than a few fans and passersby peering through the windows in the arena pavilion trying to get a glimpse of Buffalo’s future superstar. He said all the right things, saying how great Buffalo is a city, challenging himself by stating that he still needs to earn a spot on the team, and politely referring to Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray as “Mr. Murray”.

So the entire exchange yesterday just begged the question.. what about the video?

We all remember the video clip that went viral on YouTube last winter. It showed Jack Eichel, presumably at a party and having a good time, then exclaiming the words, “Buffalo I’m coming for Ya”, before taking a swig of his Bud Light. Let’s not even raise the issue that Eichel is 18 years old and the legal drinking age is 21.

The video became quite the sensation. At that time, the Sabres were well on their way to the bottom of the standings, and a 20% chance to secure the top pick in the NHL draft. Which would also translate into an 80% chance of getting the second pick. Conventional wisdom had McDavid going first and Eichel going second.

Were the planets aligning, and did Eichel sense at the time that Buffalo would be his ultimate destination?

Eichel grimaced a bit, but then caught his sense of composure and replied, “It was a spur of the moment video.” He then added, “More of the sense that I wanted to be a part of this organization, all the pieces fell the way I wanted to and I couldn’t be more happy with the situation I’m in.”

And that was that. Next question.

Fosdick Field Plans Announced Today; Meanwhile, BMHA Already Trying to Sell the Land

photoAbove is a photo taken this morning of the big, grassy field in front of City Honors School—currently owned by the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority. BMHA bought the land from the city for $15,000 in 1977 and constructed the long-dilapidated and recently demolished Woodson Gardens housing complex there.

Looking good, BMHA!

Looking good, BMHA!

With the land now cleared again, there has been a movement afoot to return it to its original use as an athletic field for both the school and the neighborhood—which is starved for green space. Adjacent to the medical campus, the real estate is now appraised at $2.1 million, despite containing human remains from when it was used as a potter’s field in the 1800s.

Construction of the field is estimated at $2.9 million. According to speakers at today’s press conference, the money would need to come from a combination of public and private investment. Visit to learn more about the plans and view a virtual tour of the restored green space.

You can also click here to sign a petition calling for the restoration of historic Fosdick Field.

Here’s the catch: The BMHA has already put the land on the market, asking for $2,137,000. Although BMHA officials did not return calls and emails requesting comment, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) spokesman Charles McNally was quick to confirm that the real estate is currently for sale.

“Once they receive an offer, they will submit an application to HUD for formal approval to dispose of the land,” McNally said.



The restoration of the field is endorsed by:

Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus

Fruitbelt Neighborhood Coalition

UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Buffalo-Niagara Partnership

Orchard Community Initiative

City of Buffalo Preservation Board

Cornerstone Manor/Buffalo City Mission

UB School of Clinical and Translational Research Center

City Honors Parent, Teacher, Student Community Organization (PTSCO)

Macedonia Chruch

Preservation Buffalo-Niagara

PUSH Buffalo

Fosdick-Masten Park High School Alumni Association

WNY Land Conservancy

Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Buffalo Olmsted Parks

Kaleida Health

Hauptman-Woodward Institute

Kiwanis Buffalo

City Honors School Alumni Association



The Bills Beat: Don’t sleep on Tyrod Taylor

Welcome to The Bills Beat a new blog on featuring input and analysis of all things Buffalo Bills. Don’t miss at the end of each post where we will put a Fantasy Football spin on everything covered.

written by Peter Soscia

Tyrod Taylor throwing at Bills OTAs earlier this month/ Photo courtesy of Getty Images

A few years back I visited one of best friends who was away at college at Virginia Tech. We were walking out of bar in downtown Blacksburg, when a group athletic looking guys walked past us. I’m 5’9 and it seemed like they towered over me, I assumed they were basketball players. Outside of the bar my friend informs one them was Tyrod Taylor, (at that time the starting QB for VT.) I was shocked because seeing Taylor on TV, he looked short and almost scrawny. Taylor is actually 6’1, 215 lbs, but having only seeing him on TV, standing next to his 6’5, 275-plus pounds linemen, of course he looked small. 

I’m telling this story because my perception of Taylor was complete off, and your perception of his chances to win the starting Quarterback role for the Bills this season might be off as well. When you compare Taylor to the other quarterback the Bills brought in this offseason, Matt Cassel, it would seem like the Cassel is the front runner for the job, or at least the lead competition with EJ Manuel.

The Bills traded for Cassel, while swapping some late round picks with the Minnesota Vikings earlier this offseason. Cassel has started over 70 games in his ten year NFL career. While he hasn’t done anything overly impressive, he does have 96/70 touchdown to interception ratio, and is the kind of game manager QB that would work with the Bills plan for winning with a strong run game and a bulldog of a defense.   

Taylor on the other hand was signed as a free agent out of Baltimore where he played back up to Joe Flacco for the first four years of his career. Through out that time, he’s only attempted 35 passes, completing 19 for 199 yards, with one TD and two interceptions (he also rushed for one TD in 2012.)

typically when a team brings in (much less trades for) a veteran QB like Cassel, it’s to compete for the starting job with a young QB like Manuel who is struggling to develop. When teams sign a player with a resume like Taylor’s, he’s competing to just make the roster… But that’s not the case in Buffalo. By now we’ve all heard about Head Coach Rex Ryan’s love of Taylor since his days at VT, and that it’s going to be an open three-way competition with Cassel, Manuel, and Taylor for the starting job.  Earlier this month at Bills OTAs, Taylor and Cassel split the first team reps and ESPN’s Mike Rodak reported that Taylor looked “sharp completing 12 of 14 passes in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills.” 

“Okay, So if Taylor is so good why didn’t he play in Baltimore?”

Listen, I’m not saying the guy is the next Jim Kelly, and he certainly isn’t better than Joe Flacco, but does that mean he’s not good enough to start in Buffalo? We’ve seen what Cassel is and it’s nothing impressive. He’s not going to lose a lot of games for you, but he’s not going to be the reason you win either. You also have to imagine that at 33, Cassel’s best days are behind him.

As for EJ Manuel, I will say that 15 starts is not enough games to fully judge a quarterback. He’s had his moments but overall he’s developed much slower than what you would want from a first-round pick, and has struggled to stay healthy. 

Taylor is an unproven commodity with a lot of the same skill set as Manuel, which leads me to believe that this could be more of a two quarterback race between Taylor and Manuel, with Cassel being brought in as a bandaid if things go off the rails. Taylor also has the legs to run the ball. In his senior season at VT, Taylor rushed for 659-yards and 5-touchdowns. That talent could be intriguing for Buffalo’s new Offense Coordinator Greg Roman, who in San Francisco had one of the best rushing QBs in the NFL with Colin Kaepernick.  

Only time will tell if having three quarterbacks competing for a job will end up hurting the Bills, but at least for OTAs and into the start of the preseason it may truly be the best way for the new coaching staff to know what they have in all three players. Being the most unproven, Taylor certainly has the most to gain from this strategy, and based on what Cassel and Manuel have shown the past, it won’t take much for Taylor to unseat the preconceived notions that most of us had at the start of the offseason and become the Bills week one starter.    

Fantasy Spin:

This is a tough topic to put a fantasy spin on this early in the season. I wouldn’t touch any of these quarterbacks on draft day but I will say that because of Taylor’s rushing ability, and knowing what Manuel and Cassel have to offer,  I think he has the most to offer in fantasy out of the three players. If Taylor does win the starting job, I would keep an eye on him through the first few weeks of the season, as he has the potential to be a legitimate bye week replacement and startable in two-quarterback leagues.

Fracking Officially Prohibited in New York

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation issued a statement today officially banning high volume horizontal fracturing in New York State.fracksylvania-postcard

Well, that was easy enough.

Click here to read all about it.

Which of course means that zombie lawyers of the natural gas industry will continue looking for ways to fight on in the never-ending struggle to extract gas from New York no matter what the risks to the environment and human health.

Frustrated by delays Paladino plans to nominate a new School Superintendent at next meeting

Filed under: City Hall, News

Buffalo Public School principal Keven Eberle is Paladino's pick for Schools Superintendent

Buffalo Public School principal Keven Eberle is Paladino’s pick for Schools Superintendent

Except from resolution to be submitted to the Buffalo Board of Education:

“Whereas, only one candidate has the background and qualities necessary to immediately implement the necessary change required to correct the dysfunction in an expeditious, intelligent, informed and diligent manner to give the children of the BPS hope and an immediate opportunity for a good education.

Now Therefore, be it resolved that the BOE appoints Kevin Eberle as Permanent Superintendent of the BPS effective as of July 15, 2015, for a minimum four year term, subject to other material terms to be negotiated by the Finance Chair and General Counsel of the BOE.”

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