There is no better way to enjoy the first signs of Spring in Buffalo than spending an afternoon at The Broadway Market. The market is open all year long, with 40 vendors ready to sell you everything you need for a good Polish celebration. I go there every year in the weeks leading up to Easter with my parents and grandparents and it is a great way for me to celebrate my Polish roots and enjoy family time simultaneously. The market is located at 999 Broadway in the historic Broadway-Fillmore neighborhood. I only live a few miles away from the market, so I try to go back during the "off season" to pick up pierogies and fresh Polish sausage straight from the source. There are even vendors with fresh fruits and veggies, and a few that have nothing but house plants, so there is something for everyone at the market.
If you have a sweet tooth, stop by one of the many booths that offer Polish baked goods like Chrusciki (cookies that are dusted with powdered sugar and are often called "angel-wings"), Platzek bread (basically a Polish coffeecake), and sugar cookies decorated for the Easter season.
My favorite tradition at The Broadway Market is picking out a painted wooden egg to add to my collection. My parents buy me a new egg each year to remember our visit together, and I love them so much I keep them in a dish on my coffee table all year long. This year, I picked out a hot pink egg with beautiful blue and white flowers.
One of the "cutest" purchases you can make at the market is the Butter Lamb. This decorative lamb is made out of--you guessed it--butter. It is a staple at the Easter table for my family, and a fun way to not feel so bad about eating so much butter with dinner.
For me, the best gift The Broadway Market has given me over the years is time spent with my parents and grandparents. That's my mom Liz, grandma Dora, and grandfather Robert (my dad was in line for fresh Polish sausage when this photo was taken). I'll always have a special place in my heart for the market and the memories I have spending time there over Easter with my family. Whether or not you're Polish like me, I highly recommend taking time to explore The Broadway Market, and I hope that you leave there with many fun memories and at belly full of pierogies.