Lower Burrell Farmers Market kicks off with fun and food – all local
The Joseph “Bud” Myers Lower Burrell Farmer’s Market kicked off Saturday with its expanded roster of vendors and activities, and organizers say there’s more to come as spring rolls into summer.
“We crushed it,” said Monte Smith, who sold products for Vibo’s Italian Bakery.
He said they sold out everything they initially brought, then nearly sold out the second set of pastries he brought to market.
“A lot of people pass by (the farmers’ market),” he said. “We always do well here, rain or shine.”
The market, located on rue Schreiber in the parking lot of the town hall, will have between 13 and 18 vendors depending on the week. In recent years, the market had about eight vendors.
Organizers say the hope is to continue to grow the farmers market and perhaps move to a bigger location in the coming years.
Carly Logan, one of the market coordinators, said she was pleased with the turnout, especially on an overcast day with the threat of rain.
The goal, she says, is to maintain momentum.
“It’s for the community,” she said. “All the research I’ve done indicates that a farmers market drives demand for bricks and mortar.”
Logan said she made it a point to advertise the market on Facebook, and she said it seemed to work.
Jena Walker, from Leechburg, said she saw an advert for the market on Facebook and decided to check it out with her children, Charlotte, 2, and Logan, 6.
Children’s activities were one of the things Logan and his coordinator, Pam Key, wanted to make sure were included in the expanded Farmer’s Market.
They also have big plans for the rest of the summer.
Some weeks will feature live music, and some vendors who can’t be there every Saturday will alternate with other vendors. Plans are underway for a Christmas celebration in July and a Oktoberfest to close out the summer.
“What wouldn’t make you want to come here today?” said Brandy Grieff, of Lower Burrell. She and her 6-year-old daughter Harper returned home with a plethora of petunias and other plants from one of the vendors.
“It’s amazing,” she said.
Lisa Green of South Buffalo brought her grandchildren: Penny Fuhrman, 6, and Daisy Fuhrman, 4.
“We’ve dated before in years past,” she said. “We really appreciate it.”