Friday, July 1, 2011

Grand Opening Day of The East Goshen Farmers' Market

Yesterday was the grand opening of the East Goshen Farmers' Market - - - and what a grand day it was - 83 degrees, a light breeze and brilliant sunshine!!! And, to our amazement, the East Goshen community and residents of surrounding communities showed up in droves to sample our market. 

 We had 16 vendors for opening day - most of them returned home after the 4 hour market with empty vans - a vendor's dream! Here are some photos from the market before the bell rang.

A mountain of radishes from Taproot Farms

No need to choose yellow or green, patty pan of not - Taproot's squash boxes gave a variety!

Red Haven Farms brought a wonderful selection of meats, as well as these delicious jerkies.

Candy onions from Peg at Blueberry Hill Farm.

Too pretty to eat - gorgeous eggplants from Blueberry Hill.
Picture perfect carrots from Maysie's Farm Conservancy

Squash anyone? Maysie's offered these beautiful selections.
Bev's Flower Cart from Schaeffer's Fresh Cut Flowers
Perfect for a hostess gift or your kitchen table!
Hydrangeas poised on Bev's cart.

Frecon Farms - - - these guys do berries, and cherries, and more.
They sold out of all of their berries early on in the market - I got some - did you?
But they promise to not disappoint next week - they're bringing lots more!!!
I wanted peaches from Frecon - - - missed my chance - - - sold out!
Mompops - - - 300 popsicles - - - 2 hours - - - SOLD OUT! Issa - please bring more popsicles next week. Crazy good, all natural popsicles made with local fruits whenever possible!
Carmen Battavio's amazing honey, sold by his lovely wife Karen.
This loaf of bread from Wild Flour Bakery is chockful of whole grains and nuts - delicious!
What is a canele??? A wonderfully decadent French pastry, creamy in the inside and beautifully caramelized on the outside. Market Day Canele sells them in tubes - bet you can't eat just one!

I didn't get photos of all of our amazing vendors but I assure you, we have the cream of the crop when it comes to quality products and super friendly staff. We also had Ridge Valley made in Pennsylvania Maple Syrup (they will be attending the market monthly), My House Cookies with a fantastic selection of dessert goodies, Shellbark Hollow goat cheese, Highland Farm sheep cheese, Made in the Shade Lemonade (the cucumber mint lemonade is intensely addictive!), Dia Doce cupcakes, Veronica's Doggy Treats, and lastly Jimmy's BBQ was present serving up pork BBQ to long lines of fans.

Check back in tomorrow - - - I'm making ginger pickled carrots with my carrot stash from the market!!!

Did you make something good with your market finds - share your recipe with us!!!

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