Produce stand owner will give it a go inside
Mount Joy is getting new market Produce stand owner will give it a go inside BY P.J. REILLY, Staff Writer
For the first time in six years, Main Street Mount Joy's seasonal, open-air farmers market will not open on the first Saturday in May.
But that's only because a bigger, year-round indoor market is gearing up to open in a former borough bookstore at the end of the month.
"Our goal is to serve the businesses here in town," said Main Street Mount Joy manager Kim Brewer. "So if we have a business owner coming in to establish a farmers market, then we don't want to compete with that.
"This is a win-win for everyone."
The Corn Crib Main Street Market is scheduled to open at 35 W. Main St. on May 25, according to owner Chris Kaley of Mount Joy.
"It's going to be a full market, where you can get all kinds of things grown or made pretty much by local people," Kaley said.
Last weekend, Kaley had the market's exterior painted yellow and green, and he hung the market's sign, so everyone knows what's coming.
He's already at capacity, with 13 vendors contracted to operate stands in the 7,000 square feet of ground-floor space he leased next door to Della's Antiques and Collectibles.
That's about three-and-a-half blocks from the lot behind Union National Community Bank, 101 E. Main St., where Main Street Mount Joy had operated its farmers market.
Brewer said that market had been struggling the past couple of years.
"The biggest thing is we are volunteer-driven," she said. "New people kept coming in and the vision kept changing.
"(Kaley) came in with a solid vision for the new market, and we're excited about it."
Kaley is no stranger to the market business in and around Mount Joy.
He operates two roadside produce stands, one at each end of Main Street in Mount Joy, and he's got another one in Elizabethtown.
"I started out 10 years ago just for something to do, and it really took off," he said.
Kaley plans to have the full Corn Crib market operating on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
At first, his own produce stand will be the only one doing business in the market from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Kaley's Corn Crib stand will be in addition to his three roadside stands, which he plans to continue to operate.
As traffic at the market picks up, he will start bringing in other standholders during the week.
"It's going to be driven by the customers," Kaley said. "Whatever they want, that's what we're going to give them."