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West Overton Museums to host Farmers Market

| Wednesday, July 21, 2004

SCOTTDALE -- West Overton Museums in East Huntingdon Township will soon be another stopping place on the list of local farmers markets.

Beginning this Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon, those who enjoy buying their produce, other baked goods and handcrafted items from local farmers and crafters, will have that chance in a place of historical ambiance.

According to Roxanne Fox, a former board member and current volunteer for the museum, the idea had been tossed around for several years but no one really had the time to pull such an event together.

"I spent a lot of time on the phone with farmers and sent out a lot of flyers to farmers and to granges," said Fox.

Currently, there are owners of four good-sized farms who will be participating in the market.

According to Fox, members of the board really think the market is a great idea because it benefits both the local growers and those who like to buy fresh produce.

"We're doing it more as a community service, but it's also to give some visibility to the museum," said Fox.

The cost for vendors is just $5 a week or $50 for the 13-week season.

Everything that is sold must be locally grown or made and can include baked goods, eggs, flowers, fruits and vegetables or any hand-crafted items that were made by the person who is selling them.

Fox has learned about nutritional vouchers for senior citizens through the state, which can be used as cash at the farmers market.

Those interested in the vouchers can call the Westmoreland County Area Agency on Aging at 724-830-4444 to find out where to get the vouchers and what the eligibility guidelines are.

"We hope the community will come out and support the market," said Fox. "We'd like to see this be a really popular market, and we think it will be because people are out doing their shopping on Saturdays."

Anyone interested in selling their goods at the market should contact Fox at 724-887-7910 about a week before the date they wish to participate.

The market will be set up in the field next to the homestead. All vendors must supply their own display tables.

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