Freshness and smiles all around: Monroe County Farmer’s Market Opens May 7 | Pocono Update

Amanda from Airmidian Herbal Remedies and her sister from K+G produce photo by Liz Balchin

By Nick Sergi

In May, the Monroe County Farmers Market will reopen. You can almost taste the freshness of the air. Every Saturday in the spring and summer, in downtown Stroudsburg at Courthouse Square. The market will operate with various vendors offering everything from honey products to jams, vegetables, cheeses and yoghurts (which are new this year). Saturday morning will be a great day to stroll around the square and talk with the locals who grow the produce on offer.

“It’s a long-running, well-established, and well-visited market,” said chair and organizer Liz Balchin, delighted as the annual market enters its 43rd year. She said the pandemic couldn’t stop that tradition because “we followed Pennsylvania guidelines for outdoor spacing.”

Dan and Betsi of Cafe Duet selling coffee and empanadas at their stand – Photo by Liz Balchin

The market season will start on May 7 and end on the last day of October. All vendors must be from Monroe and surrounding counties that directly border Monroe. They must also contain locally sourced ingredients. Balchin also said the market will feature live music. In addition to vendors like Apple Ridge Farms, known for their fresh meat, eggs, and baked goods, and fresh coffee from Cafe Duet, one can also find all-natural dog biscuits from Bandit Bones and jams and cheese. maple syrup from Dutch Hill Preserves. “New this year,” Balchin said, “is Cranberry Creek Farm, which offers cheese and yogurt.”

Chocolate lovers will definitely want to head to the southeast area of ​​the square, where they’ll find Free Spier Chocolates, which has a reputation for having the best artisan chocolates. Nearby is Kilhaney’s, which offers freshly prepared pickles, and both vendors are from New Jersey.

Balchin is proud that the years have “grown us as a community market” and will, as usual, offer mushrooms and other fresh meats from its own Four Fields farm.

Tere for Cakes and Scones with freshly made quiches – Photo by Liz Balchin

You’ll find holistic, plant-based remedies, all-natural dog treats, organic wines and chilled ice cream, not to mention the friendly smiles of the people who have worked so hard to bring such a joyful variety of healthy grown or grown foods. Perfectly. , every week. There’s no better break from the pre-packaged fast food mentality of everyday life than to visit the market and try something that comes straight from the hard-working hands of those who sell their products.

Customer Lynette Jeffcoat at the Menegus Farm booth – Photo by Liz Balchin

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