My very own hometown, Media Pa, began a Farmer’s Market in May of 2010. Boy was this heart of mine leaping for joy each and every Thursday, and now it skips a beat yet again, since the Farmer’s Market is back open this season too. I thoroughly enjoy the brief walk a block over each week to see what nature’s bounty has brought, pretty much, to my doorstep. It’s a wonderful way to encourage small town folk to tap into the local farms that are scattered about this lower south east pocket of Pa. All of the farms are within a 75 mile radius of Media. From fresh local produce, to grass fed/pastured meats & eggs, to local cheeses, baked goods, coffee, plants, honey and even yarn the Media Farmer’s market is a wealth of goods. Residents, from near and far, come together and enjoy the connections with each other as well as the farmer’s and most often enjoy some festive music from local musicians.
Some of the venues include;
‘The Hillside Farm, on the grounds of the Elwyn Institute, has enlarged its planting beds and will have a greater variety of fresh fare. Fruitwood Farm, Herrcastle Farm, Freecon Farm, and E. Fudd &Son (yes, that “E” stands for Elmer!), will bring all kinds of interesting fruits and vegetables throughout the seasons, and Mushrooms of Chadds Ford will introduce its marinated mushrooms and freshly made mushroom soup along with a plethora of interesting varieties of this vegetable.
Other new vendors include First State Creamery that makes goat’s milk cheeses both raw milk hard cheeses and soft pasteurized cheeses. Burlap and Bean sells fair trade coffee and Jack’s Jams and Jellies are made from locally produced fruits. Humanely raised poultry will be available again this year from Red Haven Farm and Birchrun Farms returns with pork, veal and cheese. Maiale’s Salumeria will join the market this year bringing handmade artisanal sausages, salami, pasta and sauces.’
For more information on the market check out the website, as well as to keep up to date on additional events such as the live music and entertainment. Come out and enjoy the union of farm life meets town life. The market starts at 3 pm each Thursday and runs until 7 pm from May to November. Come early if you want to ensure getting farm fresh eggs, they usually run out quickly. Parking is reasonable, considering all the locals that attend most likely are walking to market. Market is held in the parking lot of the Media Theater on the corner of Gayley and State St. I do hope to see you there, I’ll be the girl with the big goofy grin on my face lugging around lots of farm fresh goodies!
*Update – some of the vendors have changed since this posting. One of my new favorite vendors offers duck and duck eggs. Check out the link below to find the current vendors.**
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