The summer season is in full swing in Northeastern Pennsylvania with the opening of two farmers markets in the area featuring locally grown fruits and vegetables, crafts and instructional activities.
Hazleton and Wyoming both launched their seasonal outdoor markets on Saturday in hopes of providing support for local farmers and an outlet for local consumers seeking locally grown produce.
“I love all the fresh vegetables, so I come out every year for the market,” said Stella Stankovich of Freeland.
“I’ll take this corn home and cook it for dinner tonight,” she said.
“This is our third year and we’re certainly looking for additional farmer participation,” said Donna Palermo, president of the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the seasonal event.
Burger Farms is currently the main vendor at the Hazleton market, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays through Aug. 31 in the Citiscape upper parking lot behind the chamber of commerce building at 20 w. Broad St.
Palermo said it is the aim of the organizers to attract local residents to their communities by sponsoring events such as the farmers market.
The Master Gardeners Club of the Penn State Extension also held a gardening seminar in Hazleton on Saturday as an informative service to local residents.
Wyoming kicked off its sixth annual farmers market at Butler Street Park with local farmers and craft vendors opened for business.
Wyoming’s market runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays through October and features corn, tomatoes, zucchini, summer squash and strawberries from local farms.