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Verona Farmers Market to start new season first week of June

Michael DiVittorio
| Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 4:36 p.m.
Donna Golvbski (right), of Munhall, decides on chocolate cherry on Thursday, July 27, 2017, at the Evropa Old World Flavors booth by Dawn Staropoli of Penn Hills. Staropoli, a regular at the Verona Farmers Market, sells bottled flavors to enhance any dish or entree.
Lillian DeDomenic | For The Tribune-Review
Donna Golvbski (right), of Munhall, decides on chocolate cherry on Thursday, July 27, 2017, at the Evropa Old World Flavors booth by Dawn Staropoli of Penn Hills. Staropoli, a regular at the Verona Farmers Market, sells bottled flavors to enhance any dish or entree.
Larry Musser sets up fresh fruits and vegetables on Thursday, July 27, 2017, at the Schramm's Farms & Orchards booth at the Verona Farmers Market.
Lillian DeDomenic | For The Tribune-Review
Larry Musser sets up fresh fruits and vegetables on Thursday, July 27, 2017, at the Schramm's Farms & Orchards booth at the Verona Farmers Market.

Verona's Farmers Market has extended hours and more vendors this season.

Opening day is June 7 from 2-7 p.m. in the park along East Railroad Avenue by the borough building.

Verona Chamber of Commerce Marketing Director Patty Thomas said this year's market is open an hour later than last year's to accommodate folks coming from work.

“When we closed at 6 p.m., the business people would come down and miss everything,” she said. “We're so excited about this year.”

Market banners can be seen throughout the borough. The market is open Thursdays through October.

About 20 vendors signed up to participate, which is a boost from last year's dozen.

“It's a nice market,” Thomas said. “It's kid-friendly, pet-friendly and people like to come into our area. We're on an upswing. Everyone enjoys themselves.”

Participants include Schramm Farms & Orchards, Tom's Candy Co., Baked with Love, Dad's Mobile Grub, Woodcrafts by Larry, Mobile Munchies, Designs by Becka, Pappy's Kettle Corn, Y'Darb Naturals, Jim's Woodworking, Virgo Esthetics, Plum Run Winery, Cotter's Country Cottage, Stonewall Cider House, Black Dog Winery, Segelson's Daylilies and Helsel Insurance Group.

KDog's-n-Nat Vending & Catering of McKeesport is one of the newest vendors to sign up.

It's owned and operated by Natalie and Kevin Koedel. The McKeesport couple established the food business in 2011 and heard about the market through a friend of Thomas'.

“We're a small, family-owned business,” Natalie Koedel said. “We are trying to look forward to expanding. The only way we can do that is by stepping out of our comfort zone. Our expectations are to meet people. That's what I love to do.”

They plan to bring their specialty hot dogs, homemade pulled pork and haluski, among other menu items.

One such dog is called “road kill” and features cheese, bacon, pulled pork, chili and barbecue sauce.

Local musicians will perform each week, including Pittsburgh guitarist Elias Khouri on June 28.

The last Thursday of the month will feature a food truck roundup with multiple vendors stationed at the market.

More information about the farmer's market is available at the event's Facebook page at bit.ly/2LKaxg2.

Michael DiVittorio is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-871-2367 or mdivittorio@tribweb.com, or via Twitter @MikeJdiVittorio.

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