At Market this Week
Friday, May 18th / 3–7pm
What a wet week it has been, though with gorgeous rainbows & sunsets! Your farms and producers are committed to bringing you their freshly picked, freshly baked and locally made goodness RAIN or SHINE! So grab an umbrella + galoshes tomorrow, and we will “weather the weather” together in support of local. As always, stay tuned to our Instagram + Facebook pages in case of severe conditions or thunderstorms.
As the season progresses, the produce selection naturally grows. We still have a little time before our farms have strawberries ready to pick, but they are coming! Enjoy exploring the Market and try something new each week! Earth Spring Farm is starting to pick cucumbers from their greenhouses. Fresh bunches of beets are making an appearance. Scallions are in abundance! Continue to savor the sweet asparagus, young green garlic, tender spring greens & lettuces. And make the most of rhubarb while it’s here!
Also, our farms still have lots of vegetable & herb plants for your own gardens. Time to get those tomatoes, peppers and eggplants growing!
New this week, join us in welcoming Fiddle Creek Dairy (a micro dairy producing the BEST yoghurt!) and Mt Airy Lavender (a lavender farm in Chester County!)
Here’s the full vendor lineup for 5/11:
FARMS & GROWERS (Produce, Meats, Plants/Flowers)
Breezy Acre Flowers (at Market every Friday) Benuel King (formerly known by Shady Grove) always has a beautiful selection of naturally grown produce, gorgeous cut flower bouquets & a variety of annuals from his family’s farm in Nottingham. This week: rhubarb, fresh green garlic, popcorn (bagged kernels), lots of hanging pots, a variety of planters and plants, and fresh cut flowers.
Canter Hill Farm (at Market every Friday) Wayne always has a wide array of pastured chicken, turkey, duck, sausage, lamb, ostrich, pork, beef and eggs. If you’re not on their email list, sign up now—preorder from their weekly newsletter and you’ll receive the sale prices offered at any of their markets (even if you’re picking up in KSQ!) See their website for an order form, and email the farm with your order.
Earth Spring Farm (NEW! at Market every Friday) Join us in welcoming Farmer Mike Nolan and his team from their family farm in Carlisle! They are very excited to join our Market community and will offer a wonderful variety of naturally grown, chemical-free produce throughout the season. This week’s harvest: lettuce heads, red/white/yellow scallions, beets, French breakfast radishes, cucumbers, French sorrel, washed/bagged lettuce mix + spinach, and fresh cut herbs (chives/blossoms, cilantro, chocolate mint, spearmint, garlic chives, sage.) And a wide variety of herb plants, plus summer vegetable starts (tomato, pepper and eggplant.)
Family Tree (at Market every Friday) Nick Castelli brings wide variety of well-tended annuals, exotics, succulents, vegetable & herb plants grown in his Oxford greenhouse. His plants are a beautiful addition to your home and gardens!
Fiddle Creek Dairy (NEW! 1st/3rd/5th Fridays) Fiddle Creek is a family-operated micro dairy in Quarryville, PA. Tim Crowhill Sauder & Frances Miller produce Greek & Swiss style yoghurt with whole milk from their small herd of grass-fed Jersey cows, who graze on 33 acres. Their yoghurt comes in glass jars and is full of incredibly rich, all-natural flavor (no fillers or sweeteners added). We are so excited to have them join us bi-weekly this season, and look forward to introducing you to their amazing dairy products!
Flying Plow Farm (at Market every Friday) Bryan is your friendly Flying Plow farm rep this season, bringing a variety of certified organic seasonal vegetables, PLUS organic chicken, pork & 100% grass-fed/finished beef—all raised on their family farm in Rising Sun. Signup for their weekly newsletter on their website & pre-orders are very easy with their online store! This week’s vegetable harvest: rainbow chard, lettuce mix, arugula, greens mix, baby red Russian kale, Easter egg radishes, red kale raab, Hakurei turnips, curly kale, scallions, and hopefully some beets, boc choi and head lettuce! Also, for your own gardens, they have a variety of certified organic herb & vegetable transplants.
Mt Airy Lavender (NEW! at Market 3rd Fridays) Mt Airy Lavender is a family-owned farm with over 1200 lavender plants! Grower Joanne Voelcker will be at Market once a month featuring products made from organically grown lavender and essential oils distilled on site at their farm. In addition to its wonderful fragrance, lavender is reported to reduce anxiety, relieve aches & pain, help facilitate sleep, soothe headaches and speed up healing of acne, cuts & burns. For their first week, Joanne is bringing: Lavender essential oil, lavender water (hydrosol), body butters, face cream, candles, sachets and potted lavender plants. Located in beautiful Chester County, the farm is available for private photo shoots and special events.
Rex Farms Orchard / Big Hill Ciderworks (at Market every Friday) Troy will have more asparagus this week, in addition to a variety of Big Hill hard ciders. Troy’s ciders are truly farm-to-bottle—with the fruit grown, pressed, fermented, bottled & distributed right from the orchards. Cheers to the weekend!
Swallow Hill (at Market every Friday) Elizabeth & Douglas offer a gorgeous variety of “fine produce home-grown with love” from their farm in Cochranville, using sustainable, chemical-free and holistic farming methods. This week’s harvest: rhubarb, asparagus, collards, and Swiss chard. They will also have plenty of herb starts for your own gardens: basil and parsley. You may find a little hail damage to crops this week, but it will all still taste delicious!
FOOD ARTISANS & PRODUCERS
Brandywine Bee Company (1st/3rd/5th Fridays) The Langer family is back with their local, raw honey! Come see Mere this week as she runs the stand for her dad, Michael. They also bring assorted beeswax-based products like candles, hand salves, wood preservative, and leather dressing. (Interested in beekeeping? Michael is a great resource and the apiarist for The Land Conservancy of Chester County—check out Open Hive Days!)
Brandywine Valley Bread (at Market every Friday) Fran bakes naturally leavened (sourdough) breads in Downingtown using local & organic grains. We are thrilled to have him weekly for the season, as his breads are excellent! He brings rustic baguettes (pane), several types of round loaves (boule), and pre-sliced sandwich loaves (Pullman)—with new additions and different varieties to taste each week.
Joanne’s Candy Kitchen (at Market every Friday) Kevin returns this week with his sweet confections such as chocolate-covered caramels, creams, and pretzels, crafted with Wilbur Chocolate from Lititz, PA. His Almond Butter Crunch is perfectly crafted with a family recipes handed down through the generations!
Maiale Deli & Salumeria (at Market every Friday) Handcrafted in Wilmington, Maiale (“My.all.ay”) has sausages with flavor combinations you won’t find elsewhere! They will also bring a small selection of their signature salumi—varieties may include Tuscan Salami, Sopressata, Cacciatore Salami, Pepperoni, Coppa, Lanzo, Pancetta and Guanciale.
Sunset Park Cookies (1st/3rd/5th Fridays) Fred is at Market bi-weekly this season with his scrumptious gluten-free/vegan/nut-free/soy-free baked goods. Anyone can enjoy his delicious treats, which include cookies (molasses spice, chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, snickerdoodles, brookies), sweet bread (zucchini, pumpkin, banana, blueberry, carrot), as well as pumpkin & chocolate whoopie pies! He also takes special or advance orders—just reach out!
Tat’s Yummies (at Market every Friday) Melina Fabian specializes in European patisseries that reflect her heritage and family traditions of being raised in Switzerland with Italian roots. Every Friday, she has a wide variety of sweet delicacies, including petit fours, macaron, pastries, cupcakes, cookies, cakes, and pies—made with simple, natural ingredients. She also brings delicious quiches and focaccia, which make easy meals when paired with a simple Market salad. Melina also welcomes custom and special orders for birthdays and celebrations!
PREPARED FOODS (ready-to-heat + serve)
Taste of Puebla (at Market every Friday) Chef Mariana & Chris Castaneda make delicious Mexican fare using family recipes. Stock up for Cinco de Mayo weekend! They are bringing plenty of hand-cut corn chips, fresh (and addictive!) guacamole, pico de gallo, spicy red salsa, enchilada sauce & salsa fresca. For easy meals, choose from three varieties of delicious tamales—pork, chicken and vegan—in a pack of 3, ready to heat and serve. Also, mole sauce with chicken, which is great over rice or on a sandwich. AND take-home TACO KITS—2lbs of prepared meat (pulled pork or chicken tinga), 9oz guacamole, 9oz salsa fresca, chopped onion & cilantro, plus 16 corn tortillas! Also, Albondigas (Mexican meatballs) in a mild chipotle sauce—get a quart size portion with a pint of Mexican rice, ready to heat and eat!
CRAFTS & SERVICES
Botanical Bubbles (1st/3rd/5th Fridays) Sherry Jarvis makes environmentally friendly skin and body products utilizing locally and responsibly sourced botanical oils and plant ingredients. She has a wide variety of hand-crafted soaps, lotion, lip balm, skin care, beard care, salves, sprays, deodorants, laundry care products, and essential oil blends. Take care of the entire family, naturally!
Garden Artistry (1st/3rd/5th Fridays) Van & Irene love gardening and make a great team in creating unique handcrafted pieces including tabletop gardens, hypertufa pots, Elizabethan head planters, and miniature zen gardens which contain succulents and other plants they grow. Their concrete statues and letters make lovely accents in your garden or home! Perfect for unique gifts, as well.
Two Raised Beds (Guest Vendor—LAST WEEK!) Are you ready for all the gorgeous herb + vegetable starts our farms have at Market right now? If you’re new to gardening or need some raised beds to take things to the next level, come check out what guest vendor Two Raised Beds has to offer! Paul Karcher creates high quality white cedar beds, built to last, right here in Kennett Square. He also makes herb beds, harvest boxes, tomato ladders and compost boxes for all your gardening needs!
The Market is held RAIN OR SHINE. As long as we don’t have high winds or severe storms, we will be there! So gear up when needed and make a quick run through the market to support our local vendors who come out in all weather!
* Location: 100 block of E State St and the Genesis Walkway / GPS: 113 E State St, Kennett Square, PA
* Starting at 3pm on market days, Farmers Market customers are welcome to park on any level of the garage. Entrance to the garage is on Linden Street.
* Metered street parking is also available before 5pm. Parking is FREE AFTER 5PM at all meters in town!