I hated to miss the season opening of the Emmaus Farmers’ Market last Sunday. It’s becoming the social gathering place of our community from May through November, attracting larger crowds every year. Car troubles grounded me in town yesterday, which had the bad effect of keeping me away from a family celebration but also the good effect of allowing me to get to the market for its second Sunday. That’s one of the things I like best about the market: I don’t need a car to get there (though sometimes I have to remind myself not to fill my shopping bags too full lest I collapse on the walk home).
Another thing I like about the market is that many people bring their dogs. In fact, I think that may be the primary reason some of them come, with fresh produce being secondary.
The market’s managers obviously strive for a balance of farm products. Here are some of the early-season offerings.
A wide variety of vegetable, herb, and flower starts, many heirloom:
Beeswax candles handcrafted with wax from the hives of the Stagecoach Orchard Apiary:
A bison skull representing Backyard Bison, which sells products made from pasture-raised bison, including all parts of the animal—from meat and bones to hide and wool (softest yarn you’ve ever felt!):
Farm-canned spaghetti sauces and ketchup:
Symbols of spring:
Keith Hausman of Hausman’s Fruit Farm arrives at the market each Sunday pulling his produce truck behind this vintage John Deere tractor (yesterday, he brought asparagus and homemade baked goods):
Since this Sunday was Mother’s Day, Melanie DeVault of Pheasant Hill Farm offered an imaginative selection of “found” containers filled with lovely plantings. They ranged from petite…
…to more statuesque:
This year the market has added more prepared foods to the mix. I may be lunching here after church until the snow starts flying.
I’ll be taking photos throughout the season as more goodies come to market!