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Rather than bid adieu to the Farmers Market on Public Square in mid-November, why not extend the market by finding a suitable site with a roof and selling edibles all year?
Rather than bid adieu to the Farmers Market on Public Square in mid-November, why not extend the market by finding a suitable site with a roof and selling edibles all year?
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… establish an indoor space near downtown Wilkes-Barre to hold a year-round farmers market?


Attract people to the city’s heart, as traditionally has been done with the Thursday market on Public Square, by offering a single shopping destination for a variety of locally grown and locally made edibles throughout all 12 months of the year. Pick a place, perhaps a long abandoned site, that offers cover from the rain and snow. During the non-growing season, allow vendors to set up there one day per week, selling items such as canned goods, fresh eggs, pastries, jellies, salsas, meats, cheeses and other delicacies.


We don’t know if area growers would buy into this notion. We didn’t survey local entrepreneurs to know if they considered, then rejected with good reason, the idea. We want to know what you think.


By extending the city’s Farmers Market from its usual late June to mid-November run, perhaps certain growers could sell apples and squash into December or supply hothouse-grown salad greens in May. A smattering of non-food products on display might serve to keep the marketplace full even during those off-peak times when tables didn’t overflow with carrots and cucumbers. Sensible limits would need to be set to prevent the creation of another area flea market.


A prior attempt to replicate the market on Saturdays fizzled. Yet there seems to be a reliable patron base downtown on weekdays, when workplaces, government offices and schools are full.


Is a year-round market a practical suggestion? An absolutely delicious one? So terribly sour you can hardly believe it?


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