Easton Farmers’ Market Celebrates 270th Anniversary With Event July 9, Embraces Enduring Legacy of Local Food and Community Spirit | The Valley Register

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America’s Oldest Outdoor Farmer’s Market

EASTON, Pennsylvania – June 30, 2022 – With a historic legacy dating back to 1752, Easton Farmers Market will celebrate its 270e anniversary on July 9 with a cake, song, proclamations and more to recognize the longevity of a beloved institution that has endured world wars, depressions, recessions and pandemics.

Holding the title of America’s oldest continuous outdoor market, the Easton Farmers’ Market has been a destination for fresh, locally grown and prepared foods since pre-revolutionary times. A program of the non-profit Greater Easton Development Partnership, the Easton Farmers’ Market, presented by Capital Blue, is open from 9 am to 1 pm every Saturday (May-December) in Scott Park along Larry Holmes Drive.

Presentations will begin at 10 a.m. Easton Mayor Sal Panto and the Bachmann Players in colonial attire will lead the ‘Happy Birthday’ carol. Other expected speakers include Congresswoman Susan Wild, State Representative Bob Freeman, Northampton County Executive Lamont McClure, Lou Puentes (Chairman of LVH-Hecktown Oaks) and Fred Sisco of the IBEW Local. 102. Complimentary birthday cake (while supplies last) as well as a special canine cake for dogs prepared by Bella’s Bistro will be available after the speakers have concluded.

On July 9, shoppers can enjoy a display of historic market photos and enter a 270th Anniversary Prize Draw (located at the EFM Merch Tent) for a chance to win $70 in Market Tokens. To complement the festivities, there will be activities for children – including the art of magic and balloons from Balloons the Clown – and live music featuring 9-year-old fiddler phenom Serafina Salvaterra from 9 a.m. at 10 a.m., Texas Rose at 11 a.m. and the Bachmann Players strolling through the market.

This season, EFM features more than 45 vendors in a spacious outdoor setting bordered by the Delaware and Lehigh rivers. Market has found a quaint new home in Scott Park in 2020 from its traditional Center Square home to accommodate COVID-19 health protocols.

Market details

Free parking for the Easton Farmer’s Market will be available at the two lots adjacent to Scott Park, courtesy of Riverstar Properties and Florio-Perrucci Law Firms. Vendors accept cash, credit, Venmo, PayPal, checks, and EBT. Visit eastonfarmersmarket.com for online ordering information for participating vendors.

The Easton Farmers Market will continue to accept EBT under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. With a grant from the USDA through Buy Fresh Buy Local of the Greater Lehigh Valley (BFBLGLV), the market will offer LV Fresh Food Dollars with assorted EBT purchases by BFBLGLV, up to $10 per day. Enrollees in the Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) for Qualified Seniors and those in the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program will be able to redeem their vouchers at produce vendors who participate in the state programs. .

EFM 2022 season sponsors include: Capital Blue, Lehigh Valley Health Network, Air Products, IBEW Local 102, Nurture Nature Center and Astound Broadband.

ABOUT: The Easton Farmers Market (EFM) is a program of the Greater Easton Development Partnership (GEDP). EFM is America’s oldest outdoor market. This is a farmers-only market that features fresh, local produce – the vast majority of which is naturally/organically grown. Customers will also find grass-fed meats free of antibiotics and hormones, fresh baked goods and ready-to-eat meals. GEDP is a volunteer-driven, non-profit organization focused on the economic well-being, historic integrity, vibrant culture and hospitality of Easton. It includes Easton Farmers Market, Easton Main Street Initiative, Easton Public Market, PA Bacon Fest and Easton Ambassadors. For more information, visit eastonpartnership.org.

Information provided to TVL by:
Michel Drabenstott
Drabenstott Communications Group

James V. Payne