The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

March 14, 2014

Growers market coming

By Karen Blackledge
The Danville News

DANVILLE — By Karen Blackledge

The Danville News

 

DANVILLE – The Danville Ferry Street Growers Market, which has attracted 800 to 1,000 people on Saturdays, will be opening again in May.

So far, 15 vendors have signed up to participate. They are from the Elysburg, Catawissa, Milton, Orangeville, Turbotville and Washingtonville areas, said Steve Matukaitis, co-manager along with Ron Rohrbach.

Last year, the market increased the number of Saturdays it was open from 24 to 28 days.

“Some of the vendors wanted to stay into November,” Matukaitis said.

The market will reopen May 17 and continue to be open Saturdays through Nov. 22. The hours are 8 a.m. to noon with vendors set up next to Cole’s Hardware.

Matukaitis is in the process of lining up entertainment for the market which is expected to include a Danville native, who plays the accordion and now lives in Virginia.

There will also be giveaways, barbecued chicken, beef and pulled pork barbecues,   customer appreciation days, a children’s coloring contest, a Penn State nutrition program and Penn State master gardeners visiting.

The market was awarded grants from the state Department of Agriculture to help it get started in 2011 and in 2012.

“We now operate on funds solely received from the vendor fees,” Matukaitis said.

 Locally grown and produced items offered for sale at the market are expected to include vegetables, herbs, fruits, baked goods, bedding plants, canned goods, organic foods, artisan breads, cheese, eggs, homemade soap, outdoor wood products, poultry, beef and pork products, raw milk and prepared foods.

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