My backyard garden is starting to peter out -- it had been thriving with all this rain except for my peppers which mysteriously were teeny tiny. If your garden has offered you it's last tomato and zucchini or you never planted a garden it's time to look elsewhere for the wide offering of fresh produce grown right here in our county. If you haven't been there yet, it's time to visit a farmer's market!
If visiting a farmer's market sounds like loading everyone in the car and heading out to a farm you're mistaken. OK, many times that is what it involves but most farmers also participate in bringing their offerings to a centralized location -- often the nearest town -- along with several other farmers once or twice a week.
Wondering what you'll find at the market in August and September? Apples, spinach, lettuce, kale, peas, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, leeks, squash, pumpkins and more. Also, depending on your markets you may find honey, baked goods, fresh herbs, flowers and other specialty items. Why not give it a try!
Some of the local town markets are:
Wednesdays from 8 am to noon
centre 7 7th Streets
Thursdays from 2 pm to 5 pm
Frack & Lehigh Street
Hometown Farmers Market
Tamaqua from 8 am to 8 pm
Saturday from 8 am to noon
Main & Center Streets
Friday & Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm
11 Sunbury Street
Renninger's Farmers Market
Saturday & Sunday from 8 am to 4 pm
Rte 61 & 443, Schuylkill Haven
Tuesday & Friday from 8 am to noon
E. Center & S. Main Streets
Tuesdays from 10 am to 1 pm
222 E. Broad Street