Lansdale Farmers Market season brings new faces
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“We have a lot of great new stuff planned, we have most of our returning vendors coming back and we have eight new faces, so more than 30 vendors this year, which is fantastic,” said market board President Molly Whetstone.
Vendors will set up shop along Railroad Avenue from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through Nov. 2 — with more than a few businesses joining this year.
New vendors this year include two who have appeared at the market before: Kulp’s Spices and Saxman Breads, candle vendor Lissful Light Candle Company, ethnic simmer sauce specialists Beyond the Spice, knifeand garden tool-sharpening expert Neil’s Sharpening Services, and orchardist Mickey’s Farm and Orchard with “all sort of peaches, plums and a few veggies,” Whetstone said; Lansdalebased coffee roaster Backyard Beans will sell beans by the bag and coffee by the cup, and one of Main Street’s newer eateries will also have a presence.
“Locally we have Shell. Fish.Sue joining us, which we are very excited about. They’ll be joining us with their crabcakes, which are fantastic,” she said.
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Each board member has been tasked with a committee that will oversee certain parts of the market’s operations, with help from McGill: board secretary Rege McKenzie will head up fundraising, treasurer Carol Bailey wellers will be in charge of marketing and communications, Vice President Caleb Torrice will oversee vendor relations and Whetstone’s tasks will be education and outreach.
They’ve already gotten started on each of those tasks: several summer events are in the works, including a 5th birthday party for the market guly 6 and a IRRG GRLvH WR EHNHfiW 0DNND on Main Street guly 13.
“Customers will have the opportunity to bring a canned good or nonperishable food item for donation, and the market will match it with a unit of fresh produce, which we think is going to be great,” Whetstone said.
Other ideas in the works include more educational programs such as cooking demonstrations, a recipe club for vendors and visitors to swap secrets on cooking with all-natural locally grown ingredients, and possibly even a cookbook — it all depends on what the community wants.
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For more information on the Lansdale Farmers Market and its upcoming events, visit www.LansdaleFarmersMarket.org, search for “Lansdale Farmers Market” on Facebook or follow
@LansdaleFM on Twitter.