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2016 Farmer's Markets Guide, Sponsored by Pediatrics of Evangelical

May 02, 2016 06:55AM ● By Kevin
As we cross our fingers and hope for warmer weather to come and stick to the Central Pennsylvania region, fond memories of strolling through local farmers markets are prevalent. From produce to flowers, maple products to fresh soaps and scents, farmers markets give local entrepreneurs and hobbyists a venue for their goods. You can find hidden gems or old time favorites at these 10 spots across our region.

Your favorite not on the list? Contact us and we'll add it!

Adams County

Adams County Farmers Markets

Thursdays on Historic Lincoln Square
Downtown Gettysburg, PA
Thursdays, May 19th – October, 2016
Hours: 2-6 p.m.

Saturday’s Farm Fresh Market
The Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg
Saturdays, May 7th – October, 2016
Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

"Adams County may be best known for Gettysburg, one of the most popular small towns in America. But just beyond the battlefields of 1863 are rolling hills of abundant orchards, wineries, dairies and generations of farming communities.  Even though we are tops in Pennsylvania for apples and peaches, there’s more growing here than you may imagine. From the freshest fruits, berries and produce to flowers, herbs, vineyards, artesian cheese, farm eggs, pumpkins, homemade soaps, and hand-crafted skincare."

Bradford County

Sayre Farmers Market

Howard Elmer Park
South Elmer Avenue
Sayre, PA 18840
Fridays, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Open in the Summer

Open for the summer. Howard Elmer Park (between Robert Packer Hospital and Sayre Theatre). Produce, baked goods, handmade crafts, plants and "to go" foods. Contact: Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce (607-249-6192), or

Centre County

Downtown State College Farmers Market

Locust Lane off College Ave, State College, Pennsylvania 16801

"Join us for another great season of fresh, locally made products!"
  • *Fruits and Vegetables
  • Baked Goods
  • Meats
  • Dairy Products
  • Honey
  • Specialty Foods
  • Flowers and Plants
  • Natural Soaps
  • And so much more
Opens Friday, May 6, 2016, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

"Mission: To create an environment for farmers and residents of Centre County to mutually benefit from a market of locally produced items. Every vendor is required to personally produce all of the items that they sell."

Clinton County

Clinton County Farmer's & Flea Market

Tuesday’s 8am-2pm all summer long, at the Clinton County Fairgrounds, 98 Racetrack Road, Mackeyville, PA. In indoor market of seasonal fruits, vegetables, plants, food, crafts and flea market items.

Call 570-660-1231 or visit for more information.

Columbia County

Forks Farmers Market

299 Covered Bridge Road, Orangeville PA 17859

Saturday, April 23 (10am-1pm)
Saturday, May 14 & 28 (10am-2pm)
Saturday,  June 11 & 25 (10am-2pm)
Saturday, July 9 & 23 (10am-2pm)
Saturday, August 13 & 27  (10am-2pm)
Saturday, September 10 & 24 (10am-2pm)
Saturday, October 8  & 22 (10am-2pm)
Tuesday, November 22 (1-5pm) On Farm Turkey Pick-Up
Saturday, December 17 (10am-1pm) Holiday Market

"In 1992 we grew our first batch of pastured chickens for ourselves and a few friends. Since then our farm has evolved from a simple newsletter and order form for pastured foods to a community-supported farmer’s market. On market day you’ll meet other local farmers who share our desire for locally-grown, chemical-free, nutritious foods.

"Through your purchases on market day you become an active participant in the development of a successful, local foodsystem. Every time you buy a dozen eggs here you are not just supporting Forks Farm. Your purchases extend to a dozen other local family farms, providing the glue that holds this local food system together."

Lackawanna County

Co-Op Farmer's Market

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 12-6 pm from July through Thanksgiving in November.

Address900 Barring Ave, Scranton PA 18508
Telephone(570) 961-8251

"The early roots of the Co-Operative Farmer’s Market date back to August 1, 1939, with the opening ceremonies beginning at 4:00pm. At the Scranton Athletic Field Parking Lot (now Memorial Stadium). A group of farmers from the Mifflin Avenue Curb Market wanted to relocate because of overcrowding conditions, so they ventured out and formed the Co-Operative Farmer’s Market. The newly formed Co-Operative Farmer’s Market was warmly supported by hundreds of people.

"We are proud to say that our market is the only open-air seasonal market of it’s kind in Northern Pennsylvania that is solely owned and operated by the farmers serving you. The Co-Operative is governed by a Board of Directors, which consists of seven members, including the President of the Women’s Auxiliary. To join the co-operative, a membership entrance fee is charged. In addition, a yearly rental fee is collected from each member. All monies are generated back into the co-operative’s budget to pay their expenses. Our membership consists of second & third generation farmers, and still today many of our members are the original group that have served since the start of the Co-Operative Farmer’s Market."

Luzerne County

City of Wilkes-Barre Farmers Market

The 2016 Farmer’s Market opening day is June 30th.
Wilkes-Barre Farmers Market. Photo courtesy of Angela Mendenhall.

"The new season of the Wilkes-Barre Farmers’ Market will soon begin. Each week during the summer, we have something special planned for the whole family. Full of family fun, music, food, crafts and, of course, the highest quality fresh produce from local growers, the Wilkes-Barre Farmers’ Market is the place to be this summer!"

Every Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. through November 17th.

Perry County

Perry County Farmers Market

707 Newport Rd.,Duncannon, PA 17020
Local: 717-580-1500

"Clean, Family oriented business with an emphasis on quality and personal service. Reasonably priced merchandise, flea market vendors and lots of home-style foods, an on-site bakery, delicious soft pretzels and much more can be found at this Farmers Market!"

Sullivan County

by the bridge Farmers Markets and CSA

"Located 'by the bridge' in Monroeton, PA, we are a tiny farm raising children, vegetables and small livestock. We have a large market garden and raise over 4 dozen different crops. Join our CSA/Farm Share and you'll get a BOUNTIFUL box of fresh veggies, flowers and herbs grown right here on our farm, by our family! None of our crops are GMO. We use a combination of small scale farming, raised beds, wide rows, a high tunnel and companion planting to work the soil. Also available with your Farm Share is a Flock Share. You'll receive a dozen farm fresh, brown eggs in your box each week for the discounted price of $58.50. ($3.25/dozen) We also have chicken, turkey and pastured pork. contact us for availability, or to reserve your meat. you can see more about us, and find daily updates in the growing season on facebook. just like "by the bridge" and you'll have an insider's view of our tiny farm!We also accept SNAP benefits, and FMNP checks! Pay by check, and save $50 on the cost of a whole or half CSA/Farm Share."

Also participating in the Towanda Farmers Market, Friday mornings from 10 until NOON on the porch of the Sullivan Terrace in Dushore, Saturday mornings from 9AM - 1PM on the courthouse lawn in downtown Towanda.

Tioga County

Mansfield Growers Market

As detailed on the Mansfield Growers Market website (

"The Mansfield Growers Market, organized by St. James Episcopal Church, consists of over 20 vendors, a large volunteer team, almost 40 local sponsors, and a myriad of community folks volunteering their time to entertain and educate. That’s who we are.

"What we are is a good time, every Friday, 3 pm to 6 pm, the first Friday in April through  Thanksgiving.

"Where we are is St. James Episcopal Church, 30 E. Wellsboro St., one block East of Main Street, Mansfield, PA. April is indoors, May through September is outdoors, and October through Thanksgiving is indoors again.

"Why we’re here is to grow community through better health, environmental sustainability, economic stability, and old-fashioned “howdy neighbor” fun.

"Objectives: To provide fresh food and local products to our community; to create opportunities for local farmers, market gardeners, and producers of farm, kitchen, and craft products to thrive; to support the local economy; to provide an alternative to Wal-Mart during the growing season; to educate the community about sustainable agriculture and good nutrition; to welcome FMNP coupons; to provide a festive weekly event which brings people together.

"Products: Fresh produce, cut flowers, herbs, honey, maple syrup, soaps, baked goods, beef, pork, rabbit, poultry, eggs, milk, cheese, garden art, jams, homemade soup, and much more.

"Each week, we also offer live music and dinner for sale from the Friday Market Cafe."

Union County

Lewisburg Farmers Market

Lewisburg Farmers Market. Photo courtesy of Cynthia Eagles.

Fairground Road
Lewisburg, PA 17837
(570) 000-0000
Web site: Link

"This Lewisburg farmers market is located at Fairground Road Lewisburg, PA 17837. Drop by to see for yourself. Call to learn more about its selection of local specialties, vegetables, fruits, organic food and crafts. Open year round. Hours are - Wednesday, 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Takes WIC. Use the Edit link if you frequent this market to help people find out about what is offered." (Information provided by

Ten tips for picky eaters

1. Set an example 

Kids eat what they know. If parents don’t regularly eat their fruits and vegetables, children won’t either. Be an example and always incorporate healthy foods into meals.

2. Respect your child's appetite — or lack of one

Sometimes your child isn't hungry, don't force them to eat a meal or snack. Likewise, don't bribe or force your child to eat certain foods or clean his or her plate. This might cause your child to associate mealtime with anxiety and frustration or become less sensitive to his or her own hunger and fullness cues. Remember to serve small portions of foods that they don’t like to avoid overwhelming your child and give him or her the opportunity to independently ask for more.

3. Enforce the “one bite rule”

Many parents have success with the “one bite rule,” requiring the child to try at least one solid mouthful of a new or different foods whenever they are served. After enough exposures the food will be more familiar to the child and usually they begin to rate it more favorably.

4. Reward good behavior

Creating positive food experiences can decrease picky eating tendencies. Rewarding a child for trying one bite of a new or previously rejected food with things like stickers makes it easier for them to try the food.

5. Make food fun

Kids love to play. Why not let them play with their food? Pretending to be a dinosaur who needs to eat five miniature trees in order to outrun a tyrannosaurus rex, suddenly makes eating broccoli a lot more interesting. Relating healthy food to fun things the child already loves and turning it into a game is a great way to get a few bites of greens down the hatch.

6. Add a little flavor

There’s nothing wrong with adding additional flavors to vegetables to make them more appealing to children. For picky eaters, the most important thing is to make them comfortable and familiar with new and different foods. If that means serving it along with something you know they’ll enjoy, like cheese or bacon, that’s fine. Or try experimenting with dips like hummus, salsa, or yogurt-based dressings.

7. Get kids cooking

If your kids become involved in choosing or preparing meals, they'll be more interested in eating what they've created. Take them to the store, and let them choose produce for you. If they're old enough, allow them to cut up vegetables and mix them into a salad.

8.     Offer diverse food colors

Children like colorful foods. You can expose them to more colors by adding more vegetables to their plates. Also consider, adults tend to like flavors mingled together, while kids often prefer them separate. So you may have better luck making separate vegetable dishes instead of a big, mono-color casserole.

9. Be Stealthy with Healthy Ingredients

If your child refuses vegetables, you can still sneak in the veggies. Try blending veggies into a quesadilla, spaghetti, or even macaroni and cheese. If they’re not a fan of milk and you’re worried about their calcium intake, you might try blending it into a smoothie.

10. Understand their values

Children could care less about health—most kids think they’re invincible—so telling them a food is healthy is unlikely to get you very far. On the other hand, most children feel limited by their size and wish to be bigger and stronger. Explaining that broccoli “helps you grow” is therefore more effective than, “it’s healthy” or “because I said so.”

To start your child on a path to lifelong wellness, call Pediatrics of Evangelical at 570-523-6443 or visit


Rose, Darya (2013, June 5) 11 Proven Ways to Get Kids to Eat More Vegetables

Burns, Julie, RD from Parents Magazine 15 Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat Better

Micco, Nicci from EatingWell Magazine 5 Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat Everything

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