KINGSTON TWP. – Clear skies and moderate temperatures set the stage for the Marketplace at Hillside Farms on Sunday afternoon, featuring vendors offering homemade, handmade and vintage items.
Frann Kinney said she heard that such an event was being held at Hillside and had to come.
“We’re very fond of everything here, and we come often,” she said. “So coming here on such a nice day to do some shopping was perfect.”
Kinney especially enjoyed a stop at the “TNT” stand at which was offering samples of sauces and spreads with a kick.
“We’re here for the sauces,” she said, scooping out a sauce described as “really super hot.”
Shylo Egenski, of NEPA Craftworks and organizer of the event, said more than 60 vendors were chosen to participate, offering quality items.
Egenski said the marketplace, in its first year at Hillside, had been successfully advertised on social media.
“We had over 2,600 people indicate interest on Facebook,” she said. “And today, the parking lots are full.”
The family-friendly event was dog friendly, and many took opportunity to walk their dogs along the many paths available at Hillside.
“We’re also very pleased with the weather,” she Egenski. “It’s perfect.”
Many of those attending the event took time to enjoy ice cream, especially refreshing as the temperature hit 80 degrees.
Susan Halchak, of Nanticoke, said the family had made its way from the ice cream shop to the farm animals before heading over the marketplace.
She said of her daughter, Chloe, 18 months, “She’s loving the animals. That’s her new thing.”
Best friends Kayla Walsh and Ashley Zimmerman, both of Edwardsville, brought their 3-year-olds to spend an afternoon in a natural setting.
“It’s about the whole thing – the ice cream, the farm, the fun – it’s always an experience,” said Zimmerman.
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