Easton Farmers Market Booming A Decade After Hitting Bottom

Skyline of Easton, PA from Lafayette College

Skyline of Easton, PA from Lafayette College (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Easton, PA – On any given Saturday from May to November, you can race zucchini, chow on hot peppers and glory in the goodness of the tomato at the Easton Farmers Market.

This year the 260-year-old market boasts 45 vendors, 20 more on a waiting list and will draw more than 50,000 people into the city’s Centre Square. It’s hard to imagine that 10 years ago its lone vendor, Gloria Raub, passed away and almost took the market with her.

“When Raub died,” said state Rep. Bob Freeman D-Northampton. “I was deeply concerned that the market would just disappear.”

Instead of vanishing, the market bloomed as its backers found the right niche and a formula that attracted producers and consumers back to Centre Square – it also didn’t hurt that a movement toward localiy-grown food gained momentum at the same time.

Read more: http://www.mcall.com/news/local/easton/mc-easton-farmers-market-260th-year-20120503,0,34342.story

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Fayette County Uses Farmers Markets To Stimulate Economy / Provide Healthy Food To Consumers

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“Our goal was to select locations throughout the county that were convenient to our county residents,” said Bob Junk, local economy manager at Fay-Penn, at an earlier date. “We hope that they will visit each market at least once during the season as each market will be different with unique offerings.”

The family friendly farmers markets bring in local sellers who offer fresh, backyard garden produce and flowers, locally made baked goods, meat and dairy from small, sustainable farms, live music and crafts for kids of all ages.

Read the entire article here:

http://www.heraldstandard.com/entertainment/spinit_weekend/growing-community-county-farmers-markets-a-delectable-diversion/article_0a7a8532-a9a5-5bdf-9ff2-7043434cb072.html