The weather is finally getting warm and with the summer’s heat comes farmers markets around Luzerne County. The Wilkes-Barre Farmers Market opened last week and residents in Mountain Top have welcomed their first Farmers Market.
Markets in Pittston and Dallas will also return in the coming weeks.
The Wilkes-Barre market, set on Public Square, offers more than just local, fresh produce. In its 40th year, the market has become a summer staple with weekly entertainment and activities for all ages.
“It is everyone’s favorite event of the year,” said Lore Majikes, event coordinator for the city of Wilkes-Barre. “People look forward to coming out and getting their produce, eating lunch and listening to the bands play.”
Two new businesses are debuting at this year’s market.
Dickon Kleinsasser, owner of Singing Valley Produce and horticulture student at Penn State University, has waited two years for an opening at the market.
“At this point, this market is my only outlet for my produce. I am hoping that the market will help pay for my school and support my farm,” said Kleinsasser.
Kelly Corazzi, owner and instructor of Prana Yoga, will host free yoga classes from 9-10 a.m. on Thursdays during the market. Corazzi sees the market as a way to introduce her business to the community.
The new Mountain Top Farmers Market opened at the end of May. Mountain Top on the Move, a nonprofit organization, organized the event with hopes of community involvement.
The market opened its first weekend with just a few produce stands – one of which sold out within two hours. Thanks to a Facebook page, the market already has quite a following.
The Summer Marketplace at Casey Plaza opens for its second year on July 9. It was met with enthusiasm last year, and the organizers are looking forward to new faces and products this season. This year’s event will feature weekly promotions and live entertainment by local bands.
The Pittston City Farmers Market returns with fresh produce from local farms and baked goods. The market is sponsored by the Pittston Tomato Festival Committee, which is chaired by Maria Capolarella-Montante. Vendors include Golomb Farms and Greenhouses, Dymond’s Farms, Brace’s Orchard and Paul Pauling.
Wilkes-Barre Farmers Market
When: Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Public Square, Wilkes-Barre
July 11, Story time with the Osterhout Free Library
July 25, Nature Discovery Day
Aug. 1, Children’s Day: fire safety trailer, health department trailer, magician Pat Ward and moonwalk
Aug. 8, Performing Arts Day
Aug. 22, Community Health Fair
Sept. 12, International Active Aging Day
June 27, Melissa Cox & Erin Flynn of Mythica
July 11, John Stevens’ Doubleshot
July 18, Sister Esther
July 25, Mother Nature’s Son
Aug. 1, Windfall Duo
Aug. 15, Sperazza Band
Aug. 22, Flashback Band
Aug. 29, K8
Sept. 5, Somethin’ Else
Sept. 12, Stanky & the Coal Miners
Sept. 19, Farmer’s Daughter
Sept. 26, Don Shappelle
Oct. 3, Broken Road
Oct. 10, Flashback Band
Summer Marketplace at Casey Plaza
When: Tuesdays, July 9 through Aug. 27, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Mohegan Sun Arena parking lot, 255 Highland Park Blvd., Wilkes-Barre Township
Online: www.mohegansunarenapa.com or “2nd Annual Summer Marketplace at Casey Plaza” on Facebook
July 9: Windfall Duo, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Jimmy T Elvis, 5-6 p.m.
July 16: John Stevens’ Doubleshot, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Don Shappelle, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
July 23: Windfall Duo, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; magician CHADMAGIC, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
July 30: The Pick-Ups, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; John Stanky & The Coalminers, 4-6 p.m.
Aug. 6: Sister Esther, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Cathy Donnelly, 4-6 p.m.
Aug. 13: John Stevens’ Doubleshot, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; John Stanky & The Coal Miners, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Aug. 20: Mr. Echo, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Jimmy T Elvis, 5-6 p.m.
Aug. 27: Don Shappelle, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Freefall, 2-6 p.m.
Pittston City Farmers Market
When: Tuesdays, July 9 through Nov. 26, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Robert E. Conroy Sr. Memorial Park, South Main Street, Pittston
Mountain Top Farmer’s Market
When: Sundays through October, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Fairview Shopping Center parking lot, 109 S. Main St., Mountain Top
Online: “Mountain Top On The Move” on Facebook
Back Mountain Farmers Market
When: Saturdays, July 20 through Oct. 5, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Back Mountain Memorial Library, 96 Huntsville Road, Dallas
This is a summary of a story originally published in The Citizens’ Voice.