Local Artisans as of Spring 2011
Almost all artisans listed below have websites – just click on the name.
Tranquility Herbals – hand blended teas, baby care and beauty products, all made in Albion, NY with your health and well being in mind!
Deborah Wilson, Potter – a variety of beautiful pottery made in Waterport, NY.
Delish Glass - Beautiful glass ornaments just arrived for the 2011 Holiday Season! Hand-blown in Rochester, NY.
I Feel Like Dreamin – fiber crafts – felted bowls, decorative picture frames and boxes.
Pursenality – handmade, quilted purses in a variety of colors and styles.
Sandy Creek Candles – soy candles made in Kendall NY
Sandy Creek Alpaca – warm and durable alpaca products such as yarn, scarves, socks and hats!
Natural Stone Works – Dan Pearl creates beautiful dry stone masonry walls, unique garden structures and stone carvings and engravings. We carry a selection of etched garden stones to accent your home garden.
Nanny Naturals – a huge variety of scented goat’s milk soap, made 2 miles down the road.
Jan Ferries – unique handmade baskets
As a family owned business, Kirby’s Farm Market has always recognized the importance of buying American-made. In the 90′s this wasn’t much of a challenge – while we occasionally received shipments from China, for a long time almost all of the products we carried in the giftshop were made here in the United States. But we’ve found it impossible to keep this up as one by one, companies have moved manufacturing overseas. Providing our customers with quality American made products becomes a bigger challenge every year.
Even while the shift overseas was happening with big companies, another trend was developing. Many people that worked manufacturing jobs now being done overseas took the leap and started their own businesses. Hobbies became careers – small businesses are blossoming all over the country. Buying American Made has acquired a new meaning, and a new tagline: “Buy local!” You hear this everywhere you go these days and it is excellent advice. It’s an exciting time to be a small family owned business!
We’ve always carried the work of local craftspeople. Woodcrafts, hand sewn or knit items, and birdhouses are a few examples. In 2009 we put a serious effort into sourcing more locally made gift items. And we were pleasantly surprised by what we found! As we have long suspected, there are a lot of talented people in Western New York; many of them can be found within a few miles! The original plan of featuring one local artisan per month and then changing their work out for the next artist quickly changed as we realized the demand for quality hand-made gifts. Starting in 2010, you’ll find the work of all of our local artisans in the market for the entire season. We will still feature a different artisan each month, to highlight their work here on our website, and in the market.
Unearthing more of our talented local artisans is an ongoing effort. If you’re interested in selling your work, or if you know someone that is, please contact us! We are always excited to meet a new craftsperson.