Mt. Pleasant Farmer's Market accepts vendors for 2013 season
The Mt. Pleasant Business District Authority is accepting vendor applications for the weekly Farmer's Market set to run on Wednesdays from July 3 to Oct. 16, this year.
The weekly market, sponsored by the authority, will be held in the Smithfield Street parking area, located behind Levin's.
“We started this years ago to give local farmers and growers the opportunity to sell their produce in one area and not just along the road,” said Charlotte Mowry, authority secretary and event coordinator. “It's also a great way for people in the town to now get fresh produce every week.”
Since the market began, it has expanded every year to now include not only fruits and vegetables, but also homemade crafts, bakes goods and other items.
“As we say, if you make it, bake it or grow it, you can sell it at our Farmer's Market,” Mowry said.
Every vendor has to meet state regulations and have a liability policy, Mowry said.
Spots cost $5 weekly or $50 for the entire season, and vendors are asked to come at 12:30 p.m. to set up.
For buyers, county vouchers for produce will again be accepted as payment at the market. The vouchers will be available locally at the Mt. Pleasant Senior Center starting at 8:30 a.m. on June 24.
Westmoreland County residents ages 60 and older are eligible to receive the vouchers, according to Mt. Pleasant Senior Center Supervisor Jennifer Gilpin.
“They go over really well here. We have about 400 to 500 people every year who come. We are one of the biggest distributors in the county,” Gilpin said.
Each recipient will receive four, $5 vouchers, along with lists of the locations and items that can be purchased with the vouchers, Gilpin said.
Proxy forms are now available at the center for people who need another individual to pick up their vouchers.
“The vouchers have worked out great at the market,” Mowry said.
Mayor Jerry Lucia said the market is a great draw for the town as well as a nice way to promote area farmers.
“The Farmer's Market is a win-win-win,” Lucia said. “It's gives the community the chance to buy fresh produce and other things, it helps the area farmers and it also brings people into the borough, and that is what we love to see.”
The market has also been expanded by one hour and will be open from 1 to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays.
Anyone who is interested in becoming a vendor can contact Mowry.
“It's expanding every year and we'd like to see it continue to grow year after year,” Mowry said.
For more information, visit the website at mtpleasantbda.com or call Mowry at 724-547-2207 or 724-455-3384.
Marilyn Forbes is a freelance writer.
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