If you or anyone you know likes to garden, Urban Roots is a must-see. What started as an idea to develop a cooperative garden center on the West Side, Urban Roots opened its doors in 2007 to provide quality products for gardening within the City of Buffalo, while being an active and enriching member of the community. Community owned and operated year-round, Urban Roots is the premier place in the city for gardeners to buy plants and seeds, soil and mulch, as well as a number of organic products, and garden accessories. The store also offers events and workshops for members of the community to engage and learn more about various aspects of gardening, including hosting regular plant swaps.
to take home and enjoy. Rather than throwing the tree out when the holidays are over, you can either plant it yourself or bring it back to Urban Roots and select a local organization to donate the tree to, which will then plant it
come springtime. Urban Roots will care for the tree during the winter months and will be responsible for getting it to the organization of your choosing.
sale–ranging from $65-70–and have only 13 remaining of these varieties: Serbian
Spruce, Norway Spruce, Canaan Fir, Balsam Fir, Fraser Fir, Concolor Fir, and
Douglas Fir. It doesn’t cost you anything to bring your tree back to the store
for donation, and is considered a tax write-off. Moreover, purchasing one of
these living trees and putting it to use once the holidays are over both keep
“used” trees from filling up landfills, while keeping our city green. This is a
really fantastic program with many benefits to it.
specialty garden mixes from Potting Shed Creations, which supply seeds for
growing Herbal Tea gardens, Edible Flower gardens, Chocolate Flower gardens (which
include flowers with varying brown hues), Gourmet Salad garden, and a Growing Wishes
collection, which offer different plant and herb seeds that inspire either
“Joy” or “Cheer.” You can plant the seeds indoors come February
or March, and then transfer to an outdoor garden once the weather turns. To
accompany your seeds, the shop offers a few books, titled “Herbal Tea Gardens”
and “Herbal Remedy Gardens,” that highlight different plans for your gardens to
encourage health, enjoyment and well being. The Potting Shed Creation seeds
range from $15.99 to $19.99, and the books are $16.95.
accessories inspired by Chihuly glass art. These different creations range from a fountain,
to twists and spirals–which are solar powered–and twiddles and flowers. All of
these products are made to withstand the harsh winters as year-round art for
your garden. The twists, spirals, twiddles and flowers cost between $36.95 and
$59, and the glass fountain is $369.
deliciousness that Five Points Bakery exudes from its ovens, but I bet there is
one thing you may not know about this beloved West Side bakery: they now double as a Toast Cafe. What is a Toast Cafe? Well, it’s simple: this bakery makes
outstanding fresh bread, and outstanding bread usually makes the best toast.
Why not have some toast accompanied by some of the fresh, organic, locally made
butter, goat cheese, egg salad or chicken salad that Five Points offers? You
can certainly purchase any of these items individually, but the idea here is
why not try it before you bring it home? Or, if you’re only going to buy the
bread, how about having a taste of it with some of the bakery’s fresh butter
instead of the store-bought kind that’s in your fridge? The bread will probably
taste a whole lot different–and better–once you do. And you may end up wanting
that fresh butter and ditching the stuff sitting in your fridge.
with the bakery’s own homemade mayo, and their chicken salad is made with
organic, free-range chickens from GrassLand farms. You can have your toast with
one of these heartier salads, or have it with a simple spread, including
butter, goat cheese, peanut butter, raw honey, cinnamon sugar, and jam. Enjoy
this toast for $2/slice with butter, or $3 for 2 slices of the same bread. For
those who would love to give someone else the gift of fresh baked goods and
locally made food products, Five Points now has gift cards available.
there is one more West Side bakery I want to point out:
or may not have already had the pleasure of tasting some of the culture’s baked
goods and desserts. I stopped into this bakery for the first time yesterday and
was beyond excited to realize I could get my beloved, mouth-watering quesitos
(flakey, glazed pastry filled with cheese) right here in Buffalo, rather than
waiting for my next trip to Puerto Rico.
you should give it a try – you will not be disappointed in their offerings. And
If you’re in the mood for some lunch, La Panaderia also offers a few
traditional Latin food options you can pick up to go or eat in.
Chorus is performing a holiday concert–Make the Yuletide Gay–at Unitarian
Universalist Church of Buffalo on Elmwood Avenue at West Ferry Street. Tickets
are available at the door for $20 General Admission, and $18 for seniors,
students or disabled. Tonight’s performance will be interpreted for the hearing