Farmer's market up and running at Plum senior center

| Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Ann Lorion learned how to can foods as a child growing up in New Kensington.

Lorion, 73, of the Renton section of Plum, is most known for her hot peppers and pickles, said her husband, Chuck “Frenchy” Lorion, 74.

The Lorions decided last Thursday to check out the selection of produce at the farmer's market at the Plum Senior Community Center.

“I ran out of hot peppers and garlic, and I thought they may have some,” said Ann Lorion whose canned foods, sauces and mustards are popular at Caesar's Tavern in Turtle Creek, a bar and restaurant she and her husband own. “(Canning) is a lost art.”

The center in recent years has hosted vendors who sell items including produce, jewelry, crafts and food.

Last's year's farmer's market was interrupted by the expansion project that included a fitness center, exercise room, kitchen with upgraded equipment and a larger food preparation area and a café that features an outdoor eating area.

“We have a good spot here,” center Director Nina Segelson said. “We decided to try again because of the café.”

Segelson said last week's kickoff of the farmer's market was a little slow, in part because some of the vendors decided not to commit because of the rainy weather conditions.

Judi Fisher, 66, of Monroeville, a volunteer at the Plum center, set up a table with Avon products. Fisher has sold Avon for 34 years.

“At first, I thought, ‘Avon at a farmer's market?'” Fisher said. “But it works well with the other vendors who sell jewelry and crafts.”

Gordon Brown, 53, of New Kensington, set up a table with tomatoes from his garden and cauliflower, cucumbers, corn, zucchini and radishes from an area farm.

Rose Corso of Plum and a member of the center, brought a large bag to hold her purchases that included knitted potholders, painted cards, tomatoes, cucumbers and zucchini.

“I just love it here,” Corso said. “I will stop by again.”

The farmer's market will continue from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays into September.

Karen Zapf is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8753, or kzapf@tribweb.com.

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