As a community that is home to scores of farms and young entrepreneurs, it’s no surprise that the production of artisanal edibles are on the rise here in the Buffalo/Niagara region. From locally-roasted coffee, to bread made from hand ground local flour and scratchmade pasta, WNY has a burgeoning cottage industry of local foodmakers leading the community toward unique, fresh, and healthy foodstuffs.
The Farm Shop products come from the milk of cows nourished by the rolling hilltops of rural East Otto. Run by Blue Hill Farm, a fourth-generational family operation, The Farm Shop’s legendary custards, puddings, grassy yogurts and fresh cheeses are also flavored by syrups culled from the surrounding forest. You can purchase this incredible yogurt and dozens of other local products year-round at the tiny Farm Shop, located just a block off Elmwood Avenue.
Deb’s Delights, owned by Deb Dechert, has been pickling and preserving Western New York’s glorious bounty since before it was cool. The company’s chili sauce, jams, dilly beans, pickles, and pepper jellies capture the season and ensure access to delicious local produce year round. Deb’s Delights are available at Buffalo Niagara’s large grocery chains, or you can check out her production facility at Buffalo’s historic Broadway Market.
Public Espresso +Coffee is small batch roasting beans and transforming the way Buffalo drinks coffee, one cup at a time. Known for its pour-over service, great espresso drinks, and cold brew, Public is often found at local farmers markets, but also runs the lobby coffeeshop at the Hotel @ The Lafayette and will open its Grant Street coffeehouse soon.
— Christa Glennie-Seychew