Farm market returns to Strasburg May 18
BY CINDY HUMMEL, Correspondent
Strasburg Farm Market will reopen May 18 with several new businesses.
As of now, organizer Suzi Knowles said, the market has 19 vendors, up from 16 a year ago. The market is still accepting new vendors. She feels the venue provides start-up businesses a way to test creative ideas.
The market, sponsored by the Strasburg Sertoma Club, will be open from 8 a.m to 1 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 to 7 on Tuesday evenings.
Tuesday evening markets will continue through August, while the Saturday market goes through September.
Knowles said some vendors who started at the 145 Precision Ave. market have outgrown it and now sell in bigger farm markets, grocery stores and restaurants. Thus, the Strasburg Farm Market appears to be a successful venue for entrepreneurs looking to launch new businesses.
LaBoons Catering, which sold hummus and salads, for example, now supplies grocery stores in a 10-county radius. Farm Fromage, which sold cheeses, now has a stand at a Philadelphia farm market.
Still, seven original vendors are returning, including: Pop's Produce, Myers SpringDell Farms, The Beaded Jewel, King's Produce, That Special Find, Rice is Ice and Q's Looms.
New this year, Knowles said, will be stands that sell gluten-free products, root beer and sand tarts.
"I think it is a really, really great way for people to start a business," Knowles said.
Ten-year-old Ellie Knowles, Suzi's daughter, has planted pink flowers that she plans to sell at market this season. The 10-year-old competitive gymnast will donate all profits to a charity that helps mothers of gymnasts with breast cancer.
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