Elizabeth prepares for first-ever farmers market
Elizabeth officials and businesses are preparing for an historic occasion as the first farmers market in the borough takes place on Saturday.
“It's our first up at bat,” Mayor V. Ann Malady said. “Hopefully when people stop by and experience the event it may spark other vendors and individuals to participate. Our residents have really wanted this for the past couple years. I think it's a nice thing, and we'll see where that goes.”
The market is open on Saturday from 8-11 a.m. along Plum Street and scheduled for every Saturday through Sept. 20.
Intersections of Plum Street and Second and Third avenues will be closed from 7-11:30 a.m. for the market.
Five vendors signed up so far including DeCarlo's Market and Barton's Flowers and Bake Shop.
“It's great for the town,” Barton's general manager Tyler Barton said. “We're putting the borough of Elizabeth back on the map. We're an up-and-coming town. We're seeing other little businesses pop up in town, a lot of great little things going on.”
Barton will have baked goods, pastries, pecan rolls, breads, flowers and other items available at the market.
The flower shop's been in the borough for more than 30 years, but the bakery section is less than a year old.
Barton said the market will give people from all over a chance to see what Elizabeth has to offer.
“Hopefully it goes very well and brings some new business to the town,” Barton said. “I hope it turns out very well. I know it's the first one, and it's always hard to get through the first one.”
DeCarlo's Market owner Tony DeCarlo's son, Jay DeCarlo, is excited to be a part of the market.
“I'm happy that they invited me to come down,” Jay DeCarlo said. “I think it will take a little bit, but I think they'll do good. There's other communities that have (farmers markets). We've been in the community for 54 years and felt like it was something we should go do.”
They'll have all Pennsylvania-grown produce on display such as cucumbers, zucchini, tomatoes, eggplant and potatoes.
“I don't know what to expect,” Jay DeCarlo said about Saturday. “Hopefully everything goes well.”
Farmers market talks began in April under the organization of Habitat for Elizabeth, a group of retired residents including Malady.
“We love the town and it's been great to us,” Malady said. “We just want to get together and give a little something back. Our idea is to make things available in the borough for people who perhaps can't drive to an (out-of-town) market, and welcome people into the borough.”
Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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