BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) From butter lambs and polish sausage to horseradish and pussy willows, The Broadway Market has everything you need for Easter weekend. Good Friday is the busiest day of the year for the market as thousands of Western New Yorkers gear up for the holiday. News 4’s Teresa Weakley was live at the Market on Buffalo’s east side all morning on News 4 Wake Up. She caught up with vendors and market goers for the inside scoop on Good Friday at the Broadway Market.
For 127 years people have been getting their polish sausage and meats at the Broadway market. Teresa checked in with the Lupas family to talk about their family business, Lupas Meats. Each year, Peter Lupas and his children make their homemade sausages and prepare fresh cuts of meat for the crowds. Peter’s daughter, Michele, described Good Friday as their “Super Bowl” or the biggest business day.
People aren’t just getting ready for Easter, their also preparing for the day after…Dyngus Day! Some of the most important things you need for Dygus Day are pussy willows. Teresa talked to Daria Parker from Lewandowski produce about their pussy willow supply. Daria said that the produce market runs out of pussy willows each year on Good Friday… people can’t get enough!
From pussy willows to all the sweet treats at the Broadway Market. Strawberry Island Chocolate offers everything from candy apples and chocolate bunnies to a Buffalo favorite, sponge candy. Teresa gave viewers a look at how Strawberry Island makes their signature chocolate covered peeps and chocolate covered strawberries. Owner of Strawberry Island Chocolates, Cindy Dawidziak, said that all the workers have specific jobs in the chocolate dunking process and that everything was “moving very smoothly this year.”
One of the longstanding traditions at the Broadway Market is the Butter Lamb. Sheila from Malczewski’s demonstrated how to create the lambs. The history of butter lambs date back even longer than the market itself. Teresa shared historical clips of the market from the first few years it was open in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The market has been on Buffalo’s east side for 127 years, Today, about 300,000 people frequent it each year.
You can’t have a polish feast without fresh pierogi and Keeping Traditions has some of the best pierogi at the Broadway Market. Julie Czochara and her husband own Keeping Traditions and make their pierogi fresh at the market each year. Julie said they typically sell out during Easter weekend and expect to do the same this year. She even has advice for those making their own pierogi at home, “make the dough a day before, freeze it, then thaw it out before you make the pierogi so that it stays cold.”
The Broadway Market is open on Good Friday until 6pm and will reopen Saturday at 6am until 5pm. The market is closed on Easter Sunday.