Niagara Frontier Food Terminal - Buffalo, NY
Posted by: Rayman
N 42° 52.405 W 078° 49.382
17T E 677808 N 4749056
Quick Description: The Niagara Frontier Food Terminal is a sprawling complex of buildings that is primarily used as a wholesale food distributor for area restaurants and businesses.
Location: New York, United States
Date Posted: 2/3/2008 6:41:32 PM
Waymark Code: WM33GP
The following is an excerpt from New York: A Guide to the Empire State
in the Buffalo points of interest section:
The NIAGARA FRONTIER FOOD TERMINAL (the Clinton-Bailey Market), NW. corner of Clinton St. and Bailey Ave., under private management, was opened in 1931. The site was provided by the Erie and Nickle Plate Railroads. It covers an area of 60 acres with a network of railway spurs for freight cars and groups of two-story buildings for produce, butter, egg, and poultry dealers.
Opposite the terminal, on the south side of Clinton St., is the FARMERS' MARKET, covering 10 acres, with a series of aisles separated by broad concrete avenues. Farmers from the near-by agricultural areas in Erie and Niagara Counties market their produce here.
The Niagara Frontier Food Terminal is still in operation, albeit a little differently than when the guide was published. Willowbrook Farms operates the entire giant complex, which is primarily devoted to wholesale food sales to area restaurants and businesses. However a small portion of the front section is open to the public, and offers dirt cheap prices on groceries in larger quantities. They have recently opened up a beverage store too, offering a wide variety of beers from the inexpensive to more exotic imports and microbrews.
The Clinton/Bailey Farmers Market is still in existence across the street, but nowhere near as big as 10 acres. During my visit, the market was closed, but it appears to be still a large place with many vendors.