Lans­dale Farm­ers Mar­ket sea­son brings new faces

North Penn Life - - NEWS - By Dan Sokil dsokil@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com

In the com­ing weeks, Rail­road Av­enue be­tween Main and Broad streets in /DNVGDOH ZLOO EH fiOOHG ZLWK plenty of fa­mil­iar faces — and more than a few new ones too.

7KH fiIWK VHDVRN RI WKH Lans­dale Farm­ers Mar­ket started May 18, and is bring­ing sev­eral new ven­dors, a new mar­ket man­ager and sev­eral new events.

“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.

Or­ga­niz­ing the mar­ket this year is a newly for­mal­ized board of di­rec­tors, which re­cently made its fiRVW KLRH: PDRNHW 0DNDJHR Charisse McGill will bring 10 years of hos­pi­tal­ity and event man­age­ment ex­pe­ri­ence — along with con­sid­er­able peo­ple skills — to help ex­pand and pro­mote the mar­ket.

“Our search fo­cused on fiNGLNJ VRPHRNH ZLWK JRHDW com­mu­ni­ca­tion and in­ter­per­sonal skills, so Charisse’s pro­fes­sional ex­pe­ri­ence, along with her en­ergy and ex­cite­ment, made her a great fiW,” :KHWVWRNH VDLG.

Her main re­spon­si­bil­i­ties are han­dling ven­dor re­la­tions to ad­dress any is­sues that arise or help build on ideas that ven­dors have, plus fundrais­ing through­out the re­gion to help build the marNHW’V SRR­fiOH — VKH’OO EH DW the mar­ket ev­ery Satur­day in ad­di­tion to work­ing be­hind the scenes vis­it­ing ven­dors and busi­nesses.

Those re­spon­si­bil­i­ties are split with a newly for­mal­ized board of di­rec­tors: the mar­ket for­mally in­cor­po­rated last fall and is nearly GRNH REWDLNLNJ RI­fiFLDO NRNSRR­fiW VWDWuV, VR WKDW LW FDN EH LWV RZN fiVFDO DJHNW. $FFRRGing to Whet­stone that would let the mar­ket “pur­chase our own in­sur­ance, open our own bank ac­counts; it just makes ev­ery­thing eas­ier for us and our ven­dors.”

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.

“We’ve been to­tally blown away by the sup­port we’ve JRWWHN RvHR WKH fivH yHDRV. It’s the kind of thing that Lans­dale was wait­ing for, and when it hap­pened very or­gan­i­cally, ev­ery­one just ral­lied around it and it ended up be­ing very sup­ported, and we couldn’t be hap­pier,” said Whet­stone.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Lans­dale Farm­ers Mar­ket and its up­com­ing events, visit www.Lans­dale­Farm­ers­Mar­, search for “Lans­dale Farm­ers Mar­ket” on Face­book or fol­low

@Lans­daleFM on Twit­ter.

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