The Pittston Farmers Market is known for providing fresh fruits and vegetables from local farms and vendors.
The annual market will be resuming its traditional ways this Tuesday, July 8 at the Robert Conroy Lower Tomato Festival lot and will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Tuesday until Nov. 25.
The 2013 Pittston Farmers Market was under guidance from then first-year coordinator Mary Angelella and the event was, once again, a success.
Now in her second year, Angelella is looking to improve upon her experience as coordinator to give the market different vendors from the local areas.
“The reason I started as coordinator was my interest in promoting people to eat locally grown fruits and vegetables,” said Angelella. “The nutritional value is greater. A lot of our produce in the store comes from California, so by the time it reaches us, it’s a week old so it’s lost its nutritional worth.
“I also see the market as a social event for the surrounding towns,” she continued. “In the future, I would like to get the local restaurants to buy from the local farmers to incorporate it into what they offer on their menus.”
New vendors for the market this year include Tarnowski’s Kielbasa, of Nanticoke, offering its own made kielbasa; Eggsactly Natural, of Falls, selling eggs from heritage hens that are fed to an all natural diet and kept free range; and Monell’is Bakery, of Forty Fort, specializing in Italian cookies. The Commission on Economic Opportunity and the Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank, of Wilkes-Barre, will offer assistance to buyers on how to prepare vegetables and fruits.
Returning vendors are Dymond’s Farm, Paul Plum, Tim Chili and Salsa, Golomb’s Farm and Brace’s Orchard. Penn State Extension returns to offer assistance to gardeners with any growing or diseased plant problems.
“I’m trying to incorporate a more varied amount of vendors to attract more people to the market,” said Angelella. “I felt I left (last) season on a positive note.”
Angelella admitted that each year she will attempt to stick with a certain theme for the market.
“Last year I was looking for baked goods and Monelli’s called and joined and I thought that would be a good addition, then people could buy their vegetables for dinner and then desserts,” said Angelella. “Eggs are free range. I thought they were a necessity to the market and Eggsactly Natural fits that bill perfectly so I’m excited about having fresh eggs at the market. The CEO and Weinberg Food Bank offer education for the farmers market in allowing people to see a vegetable they are unfamiliar with and offers instructions on how to peel, cook and store their vegetables and fruits. The Tarnowski family-owned homemade kielbasa would be nice to give people the option to buy homemade kielbasa.”
The Pittston Farmers Market has no admission and free parking.
Summer entertainments includes local talent from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with Matt and Rita playing the first week. Following lineups will be announced at a later date.
Friends of Pittston Memorial Library will be at the Farmers Market on July 8 selling chances for a “Back to School Basket” which will be chanced off Aug. 25. Proceeds will benefit the library.
Civic and charitable organizations are welcome to participate on a weekly basis free of charge.