After more than five dormant months, the Swarthmore Farmers Market is ready to emerge for the growing season this Saturday, May 13, at Central Park (AKA the parking lot at Borough Hall) from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Nearly a dozen new vendors are on the menu for 2017, making a total of about 40 providers of food, drink and services who will participate at various times during the season. Market manager Andy Rosen says that variety from week to week adds spice to Swarthmore’s freshest shopping experience, “We generally will have about 17 to 20 vendors per week. Many of those, such as produce, baked goods, meat, dairy, and coffee, will be on site every week, but more specialty sellers will show up every other week or once a month.”
Newly available this year will be beans and coffee by the cup from Greenstreet Coffee, pierogis from Holy Myrrh Bearers Church, meat and dairy from Ironstone Creamery and Farm; prepared food from the Flying Deutschman, Plum Pit, Rafiki Shoppe, and Sweetest Rose Cupcakes; tinctures and tea blends from Tooth of the Lion Apothecary; dwarf/shrub plants from Natural Landscaping; crafts and mini-plant sets from Wyldcraft; and sharper knives courtesy of Neil’s Sharpening Service.
Apart from the fresh food on offer, the market features live music and children’s activities every Saturday, artists’ handiwork for sale, and regularly scheduled special events and community tables. These efforts will be aided by a grant from the Swarthmore Centennial Foundation. “We so appreciate receiving a grant again in 2017,” Rosen said. “These funds will help ensure we can continue to pay our musicians fairly and to have wonderful kids’ activities, whether small crafts or larger events such as Parrot FUNdamentals or monarch butterflies from Winged Wonders!”
Each Saturday, children will find artsy and educational activities. This week, it’s button crafts and free ladybugs; next week, Q-Tip flowers. The market’s soundtrack is supplied by talented local musicians every week, beginning on Saturday with David Falcone and Dyana Cannon.
Artists and crafters talk about their work and sell their original wares; on Saturday, Katie Horn of Cat Horn Accessory is featured, and on May 20, Anita DiPietro sets up shop. Also on May 20, local celebrity chef Marty Spiegel will demonstrate food prep and cooking techniques for Hungarian mushroom soup.
If you like fresh food, catching up with your neighbors, and checking out new arts and artists, come and shop at the market on Saturdays. And if you can roll up your sleeves and dig a little deeper, the market is looking for volunteers (high school age or older) to help out occasionally with setup and breakdown and with kids’ activities. Anyone interested can contact Rosen directly at email@example.com.