Spring bedding plants, hanging flower baskets and possibly some early, straight-from-the-garden asparagus will be for sale next week as the Main Street Farmers Market opens its 10th season.
The market, located in the South Main Street city parking lot, a block south of the Washington County Courthouse, has a new market manager.
Ed Stout, who operates Stout’s Greenhouses in West Alexander, has been named to the position.
“We’re just really thrilled that he stepped up and wanted to do this,” said Lee Stivers, the market board’s vice president.
New vendors this year include Three Rivers Hydroponics of Perryopolis and Bullard-Orr Farm Foods and Gifts of Triadelphia, W.Va. JND Sellers of Eighty Four will be one of three wine merchants who will sell locally made wine throughout the season. A merchant who specializes in flower bulbs will take part in the market closer to fall.
The market will be open from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. each Thursday until Halloween, with the exception of July 4. On-street parking in the area of the market will again be free Thursday afternoons.
The bluegrass band Rightly Noted opens as the first week’s musical guests. Stivers, who books the bands and musicians, said that calendar filled early this year,
“The word is out there that this is a good place to play,” she said.
Returning vendors will have wares such as bread, granola, coffee, cheese, honey, jam, salsa, lamb and poultry, barbecue and more.
Finding vendors willing to sell fresh meat is more difficult because of the restrictions placed on them, said Stivers. Meats must be inspected, specially packaged and kept frozen. But West Heritage Farms of Amity returns with its locally produced lamb.
“More at the Market,” which provides cooking and gardening demonstrations for children and adults by local nutritionists and Penn State Master Gardeners, returns, as does the Community Table, which provides information on area service clubs and nonprofit organizations. And, once again, tokens and coupons for the SNAP/EBT program, Community Circle Food Pantry and Senior Nutrition programs will be honored.
In addition to Stivers, members of the market board include Suzanne Ewing, president; Al Lucchini, treasurer; Leslie Dunn, secretary; Jeff Fondelier, Jacqueline Ely, Rich Cleveland, Jennifer Harding, Pam Kilgore and Nan Sninsky.