Farmer’s Markets in the Lehigh Valley begin opening throughout this month of May. These are a wonderful resource for those of us that value knowing the source of our food and want to support local food producers. All of these markets provide a unique shopping experience where customers can sample many of the foods, develop relationships with the vendors, discover unique varieties of foods and plants and learn healthy cooking tips at a fun, family-oriented destination.
A recent statistic I just read in the current issue of “Natural Awakenings” Magazine says that “If all 241,000 households in the Lehigh Valley spent $10 per week during the growing season on food from local farmers, our local economy would grow by more than $67 million dollars.”
Here is a list of the local farmer’s markets and their days and hours.
The Easton Farmers' Market, America's oldest continuous open-air market, kicks off its weekly outdoor market on Saturday, May 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Centre Square. www.eastonfarmersmarket.com
The Emmaus Farmers' Market at the KBNT bank on Chestnut Street celebrates its 11th season on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. beginning May 5 through Thanksgiving. www.emmausmarket.com
The Bethlehem Farmers' Market at Campus Square at Lehigh University will be held on Thursdays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. starting May 16 through October 25. http://www.campussquare.net/bethlehem-farmers-market
The St. Luke's Steel Stacks Farmers' Market is at Air Products Town Square at Arts Quest in South Bethlehem from May 10 to Nov 1, on Thursdays from 3-7pm. www.artsquest.org/markets/farmersmarket.php
The Market at Westgate is open year-round on Wednesdays from noon-7pm at the Westgate Mall, 2285 Schoenersville Rd., Bethlehem. www.localharvest.org/the-market-at-westgate-M49749
The Bath Farmers' Market will be held Fridays 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Keystone Park at Race Street and Green Street beginning May 17 until October. www.bathfarmersmarket.org
The Nazareth Farmers' Market on the Square will be held Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. starting May 18 at Center Square. http://www.buylocalpa.org/source/view/nazareth-market-on-the-square
The Saucon Valley Farmers' Market at the Water Street Park in Hellertown opens May 5 and is held each Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. www.svfarmersmarket.org
Macungie Farmers’ Market, 4 to 7 p.m. Thursdays, June 7 – Oct. 25,. Macungie Memorial Park, Walnut Street side, Macungie macungiefarmersmarket.com
The Lehigh Growers Market farmers market is located in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania at Route 309 and Landis Lane. July-September Saturday Hours are 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Their vendors take WIC checks. http://www.local-farmers-markets.com/market/4107/coopersburg/lehigh-growers-market
The Allentown Downtown Growers’ Market is from June to Oct, on Wednesdays from 11:30am-1:30pm in the Allentown Arts Park on 5th Street between Linden and Court Streets. www.plazagrowersmarket.com
And, of course, The Allentown Fairgrounds Farmers Market is open year round and is located at 17th and Chew Streets. It is open Thursday 9AM-8PM, Friday 8AM-8PM, and Saturday 8AM-6PM. Over 65 merchants sell a wide variety of items including meats, poultry, and produce of all kinds, baked goods, seafood, candy, snacks, and flowers, in addition to gourmet shops and a deli and restaurants. Call 610-432-8425 or visit their website at: www.fairgroundfarmersmkt.com
For more information, go to: www.buylocalgreaterlehighvalley.org. Please buy fresh and buy local to support your local farmers and growers.