For more than 10 years now the Pittston Farmers Market has provided fresh fruits and vegetables from some of the best farming vendors in the area. That tradition will kickoff once again on Tuesday, July 9, at the Robert Conroy Lower Tomato Festival Lot from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. every Tuesday until mid-November.
This year the Farmer’s Market returns with a new coordinator, Mary Angelella of Harding. Angelella was offered the job after Pittston Farmer’s Market founders Maria and Chester Montante stepped down. Angelella grew up on a small farm as a child and said she has a passion for the local farmer.
“Local farmers in our area provide fresh fruits and vegetables that are better then the grocery store,” Angelella said. “Normally produce has many handlers and could come from far away places such as California. Here at the Farmers Market you get to talk to the vendor and you know exactly what you are getting.”
One returning vendor, Tim’s Chili and Salsa, has been selling their family recipe for the past 15 years. Tim and Bruce Bartuska, of Avoca, run the business. Tim Bartuska said their chili and salsa are made with fresh homegrown tomatoes.
“We currently take care of 200 tomato plants and use only the finest ingredients which have proven to be more and more popular each year,” Bartuska said. “We have customers who range from Pittston to Baltimore who keep coming back for more and keeping people happy with quality produce is what it’s all about.”
Other returning vendors include Brace’s Orchard, Dymond’s Farm, Paul Plum, and Golomb’s Farm.
New vendors for this season include Orchard Hill Farms and Beta Bakery.
The vendors selling fruits and vegetables will accept vouchers from the state Department of Agriculture.
Some fruits and vegetables that are available and fresher this time of year include beans, zucchini, cucumber, lettuce, peas, sweet onions, grapes, blueberries, and cherries.
Charitable organizations are welcome to participate on a weekly basis free of charge and free parking is available to the public.
“In the end it’s all about helping to create a better community and as farmers this is our way of doing so,” Angelella said.
New vendors are welcome and rental space of 14 feet frontage is $100 for the season.
Entertainment will be provided each week with Bill jumper kicking things of on Tuesday, July 9, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information or to register as a vendor, you can call Mary Angelella at 655-6140.