Cecil Whig - - OBIT­U­AR­IES & LO­CAL -

Con­nie Keith­ley, also of North East, her daugh­ter, Brit­tany McKelvey, who gar­dens on a much larger piece of land at her Penn­syl­va­nia home, and her 8- year- old grand­son, Ai­den McKelvey.

“We come to this ev­ery year. It’s a tra­di­tion now,” Keith­ley said, ac­knowl­edg­ing that she had vis­ited the gar­den mar­ket on Fri­day as well.

She added, “I just love com­ing to this event. We look for­ward to it.”

So do a lot of peo­ple, ac­cord­ing to Woody Carter, who gave ad­vice to peo­ple who vis­ited his Carter Her­bals Main Street Farm & Well­ness booth and made plenty of sales dur­ing the event. Carter has been in the busi­ness for 20 years, the last five of which at his shop on Main Street in North East.

“This is heav­ily- at­tended event, al­ways has been. Even in the rain yes­ter­day, it was ban­gin’,” Carter said Satur­day, not­ing that it is the be­gin­ning of the plant­ing sea­son. “The peo­ple come here on a mis­sion. They’re mo­ti­vated to buy,

North East-area res­i­dent Denise Keith­ley holds some Ger­bera daisies.

and they know that this ( gar­den mar­ket) is one- stop shop­ping. With all these ven­dors, they can come and get every­thing they need.”

There were some novices at the

gar­den mar­ket too, peo­ple like Al­li­son Kulp, of Lan­caster, Pa.

“This is my first try,” Kulp said, af­ter ges­tur­ing to­ward her mother, Bar­bara Kulp, of North East, and re­mark­ing, “My mom has been dab­bling in gar­den­ing all of my life.”

Kulp pulled a wagon loaded with herbs, nat­u­ral soap, all- nat­u­ral in­sect spray, two aza­leas, a plas­tic bag con­tain­ing fresh “let­tuce for din­ner” and other pur­chased items.

One of the things in Kulp’s wagon was a pas­sion flower plant, which is a vine that, like ivy, climbs walls and other ver­ti­cal sur­faces as it grows.

Asked how high she thought her pas­sion plant would grow, Kulp noted that height wasn’t her big­gest con­cern and then, with a chuckle, she com­mented, “I’ll be glad just to keep it alive all sum­mer.”

Also shop­ping at the gar­den mar­ket Satur­day in prepa­ra­tion for their rookie sea­son of gar­den­ing were Fair Hill res­i­dents Chris In­mon and his fi­ancee, Amanda Ar­mour, who are get­ting mar­ried in Septem­ber.

Among their pur­chases were zin­nias, just one type of flower that the cou­ple plans to plant.

“This is our first time,” In­mon said, prompt­ing Amour to in­ter­ject, “We’re look­ing for­ward to see­ing the fruits of our la­bor.”


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