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May 15, 2014

Danville Grower's Market opens Saturday

DANVILLE — About 15 farmers will offer locally grown products at the Danville Ferry Street Growers Market when it reopens for the season.

The market, along Ferry Street and next to Cole’s Hardware, will be open starting Saturday and will continue to be open Saturdays through Nov. 22. Hours are 8 a.m. to noon.

Ron Rohrbach, market co-manager, said activities are planned nearly every Saturday. Steve Matukaitis also serves as co-manager.

Scott Erickson will provide music on opening day.

Woody Wolfe will entertain May 24. Penn State master gardeners will teach tips, tricks and methods to growing healthy produce on June 7.

Erickson will return with moody blues June 14.

Wolfe will sing, with guitar accompaniment, June 21.

A basket giveaway will be held June 28 with barbecued chicken available that day.

The market started in 2011 with a grant from the state Department of Agriculture. A second grant was received in 2012 with the market now operating solely on funds received from vendor fees.

The owner of Rohrbach’s Farm, Rorhbach said between 200 and 300 people have patronized the market on Saturdays in the past.

Featured will be locally grown and locally produced goods such as vegetables, herbs, fruits, baked goods, bedding plants, canned goods, organic foods, artisan breads, cheese, eggs, herbs, homemade soap and outdoor wood products, poultry, beef and pork products, raw milk and prepared foods.

Vendors include Valley View Growers, of the Milton area, which grows pesticide-free using hydroponic production of tomatoes, leafy greens, herbs, cucumbers and peppers,  grass-fed steer for beef,  chicken and lamb,

The Adams Family, of Elysburg, sells asparagus, cage-free brown eggs, tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, fruits, fall decorating items and other vegetables,

White Frost Farm, of Washingtonville, grows a variety of certified organic heirloom and specialty vegetables, eggs from free-range chickens and turkeys. This year they will offer pastured pork for the first time. They also offer jellies and jams from local berries and pancake mixes, puffed wheat cereal and artisan sourdough wheat and rye bread.

Ballengee Farm, of Milton, sells heirloom vegetables including tomatoes, three-bean mix, rainbow chard, tomatillos, open pastured eggs, handmade all-natural soaps for the face, hand, body and laundry along with bird houses and feeders, pollinator houses, bat boxes and toad houses.

Beiler’s Mini Acres, of Orangeville, will sell fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes, sweet corn, cantaloupe, broccoli, beans, peas, cucumbers, potatoes, squash, cabbage and potting flowers.

Gib’s Farm, of Elysburg, offers cut flowers, herbal bouquets, fresh culinary and aromatic herbs and herb starter plants.

The Matukaitis Farm, of Elysburg, will sell vegetables and berries including beans, peas, peppers, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, herbs and chestnuts.

Columbia County Bread and Granola, which is moving to Mahoning Township, will offer sprouted whole grain bread, flat bread and flax-granola. The bread is made without flour, added gluten and commercial yeast.

Green Meadow Dairy, of the Washingtonville area, sells raw milk, butter, specialty cheese, eggs, jams and jellies.

Meadow View Greenhouse and Produce, of the Watsontown area, sells vegetables such as tomatoes, herbs, onions, daikon radish, lettuce, spinach, popcorn, pumpkins, peppers, bedding, hanging and potted plants and cut flowers.

Nebkat Specialty Bakery and Catering, of Mooresburg, offers vegetarian and ethnic foods with customer favorites including jumbo cupcakes, cheesecakes, healthy soups and heat-and-eat entrees.

Rohrbach’s Farm, near Catawissa, sells pears, plums, strawberries, apples, apple dumplings, apple cider and sweet corn.

Pine Park Produce offers baked goods such as cheesecake, cookies, blueberry and blackberry pies, brads, rolls, pastries, asparagus and strawberries.  

Offerings of Stahl’s Plants and Produce, of Paxinos, include strawberries, plums, apricots, peaches, nectarines, vegetables and apples.

Stoltzfus Pastries, of the Turbotville area, sells baked goods such as raisin bread, cakes, blueberry muffins, strudels, pastries and whoopee pies.

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