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Successful Debut For Potter County Farmers Market

May 28th, 2017

John and Joan Bradley discussed beekeeping and offer honey at Friday’s market.

Potter County Farmers Market made its debut Friday afternoon on the county’s lot across from the jail and saw brisk business. All signs point to this being the best year yet for the market, which will operate from 1-5 pm Fridays for about four months.

Upwards of a dozen vendors are signed up to sell locally produced fruits and vegetables, baked goods, jams, jellies, maple products, alpaca products, trees, honey and related products, vines, plants and craft items. It’s likely that other vendors will join in as the market continues to gain momentum.

Coming on many Fridays will be cooking demonstrations and nutrition programs presented by Penn State Extension’s Laurie Maletto. A┬ácertified nutrition education advisor, Maletto will give pointers on healthy eating, food preparation to retain nutritional content, meal planning, wise grocery shopping and related topics. There will also be live music and occasional agricultural-related presentations by local 4-H members.

Rytz Bowman, Metzger Heritage Farm

The market has enabled producers to work together to overcome expensive and time-consuming challenges such as marketing. While consumer interest in local foods has increased in recent years, many are still not aware of the availability of naturally grown and organic produce in the area. Organizers are out to change that.

Women, Infants, Children (WIC) program vouchers and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks are accepted. Those seeking more information about the Potter County Farmers Market or producers interested in participating as vendors should call 814-274-8004. More details on Penn State Extension’s agricultural services and food/nutrition programs, including Master Gardener education and food safety issues, may call 814-274-8540.

(Photos by Jennifer Rossman, Potter County Director of Community Development)

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