Bill Ryan/The Gazette
Kathleen Thompson sells some watermelons
on Friday in Emmitsburg.
It was a hot and muggy Friday afternoon, but business was good at
Emmitsburg's Farmers Market. A steady stream of shoppers kept coming to take
advantage of the fresh vegetables, bread, flowers and other homegrown and
homemade items there.
The market is located on the northbound side of South Seton Avenue, just
before the town center and features about 10 area vendors from 3-7 p.m., each
Freda Boller of Grimes Country Fresh Eggs said it was her first time working
the stand, but her daughter, Jessica, 12, had been working every week since the
market opened June 25.
Jessica said the crowds have been "pretty good;" her mother said they had
sold 50 dozen eggs on the first day alone.
Becky and John Kile sell homemade baked goods, flowers, lemonade and some
vegetables. Becky agreed the market has been busy.
"It's been great. It's been fun," she said in between helping customers.
The only real drawback was that her homemade goodies were somewhat
susceptible to the heat and she didn't have a canopy to protect them from the
sun. The couple did manage to keep them from melting, she said.
Libby Oluich of Stonehearth Bakery said the demand for the crusty, European
style breads and pastries for which the store is known was high. The stand
carries many kinds of bread from white to whole wheat, sourdough, herb and
Tim Hagan, owner of Harvest Moon Farms in Walkersville, offered a multitude
of fresh vegetables and fruits. Tomatoes, cantaloupes and watermelon were
popular as well as a choice of fresh vegetables eggplant, squash, green
peppers and more - selling three for $1. Hagan agreed that business has been
Visitors to the market said they enjoyed the diverse selection and prices at
Cortez Lawrence of Gettysburg, Pa., stopped at the market to get the makings
for salad and Mercedes Lavender of Fairfield, Pa., for tomatoes, cucumbers and
other vegetables. She planned to make gazpacho, she said.
Town planner Michael Lucas said the Farmers Market has been going strong
since its first day. The town regularly gets feedback from people in and
outside the town who are coming to the market and enjoying the selection of
"We are extremely pleased... We have outstanding vendors and outstanding
public response," Lucas said.
The market was the "brainchild" of
Mayor Jim Hoover, who asked the town
staff in fall 2003 to look into arranging it. A Farmers Market Committee made
up of Jen Staiger, Don Briggs and Thelma Richardson then worked "extremely hard
to make the market a success, along with Mayor Hoover," Lucas said.
The town is also considering some new ideas for the market, Lucas said, such
as having vendors offer coupons to customers for services at nearby businesses
and the town is considering expanding the market.
"We are looking at adding some new vendors now. They sought us out and we're
extremely pleased with the spillover in terms of the economic impact on other
businesses [in the town]," Lucas said.
The market is open from 3 to 7 p.m., every Friday through Oct. 22. For
more information, contact the town hall at 301-600-6300.