Nazareth’s farmers market will return to Center Square for a second year. Beginning Saturday, May 26, area residents will have their pick of local, fresh crops and local, fresh baked goods -- and more.
The hours will be different, however. Instead of running from 8 a.m. to noon, the 2012 market will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday.
The market is expected to run until mid-October, according to Kevin Donahoe, a member of the Nazareth Economic Development Commission (NEDC). He is also the owner of Nazareth Floral Designs at Donahoe Farms.
“[The farmers market] is weather related, so if [the vendors] have things to sell, they’ll keep coming,” Donahoe said.
The fee to be a vendor is $10, money that is funneled back to the NEDC and to help keep the market afloat.
“Hopefully we can get all of our ducks in a row, and we can grow the market and put the town on the map again,” Donahoe said about the borough's fledgling Main Street. “We want to get some new stores and some activity. We’ll get there."
For opening day, Donahoe said the Chick-fil-A cow will be on hand, in addition to several vendors:
- Nazareth Floral Designs at Donahoe Farms, 589 East Lawn Road, Nazareth
- Back Door Bakeshop, 1422 Center St., Bethlehem
- Dreamville Retro Bake Shop, 5753 Nor-Bath Blvd., Bath
- Clear Spring Farm, 206 Garr Road, Easton
- Baarda Farms and Denise's Design, 1566 River Road, Mount Bethel
And that’s just naming a few. Additional vendors are expected to join the market as more crops come in, according to Donahoe.
Musical entertainment will be provided every Saturday by the Nazareth Center for the Arts.
Donahoe said there will be some new additions to the market this year, including an added vendor in The Pie Shop and an antique tractor display. He has also applied for a grant that would allow two canning demonstrations to take place on Center Square. Donahoe is still waiting to hear if Nazareth will receive the grant.
Nazareth’s farmers market now has its own Facebook page. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/NazarethFarmersMarketOnTheSquare
For more information on becoming a vendor, contact Donahoe at (610) 759-9998.