Easton Farmers’ Market to Offer Winter Market Every Saturday in a Familiar Spot
Easton Farmers’ Market will return to Centre Square for its 2022 Winter Market. Following on the success of last year’s Winter Market, this season will again offer a weekly edition every Saturday with fresh, local veggies, dairy items, baked goods and more.
The market will kick off its 10th season on Jan. 8, 2022, and continue 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays through April 30 in Centre Square. Easton Farmers’ Market is a program of the nonprofit Greater Easton Development Partnership (GEDP).
As part of the opening day festivities, the market will welcome young artists from Easton area elementary schools. The work of 22 young artists was chosen by their art teachers and will be featured in the windows of storefronts throughout Downtown Easton, as part of a project by Easton Main Street Initiative, another GEDP program. An outdoor ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. at 58 Centre Square, where the artists will be recognized, presented with certificates and photographed in front of their works of art. The artwork not only highlights the student’s creativity, but also showcases available properties at 58 Centre Square, 14 Centre Square, 411 Northampton St., 215 Northampton St. and 157 Northampton St.
Fresh and local all season long
The pandemic spurred increased demand for the Winter Market, as people looked for outdoor shopping options and grappled with supply chain shortages.
“We talk a lot about what we lost during the pandemic but one thing we gained is a newfound appreciation for farmers and local producers, and the important role they play when it comes to food access,” says Megan McBride, Easton Market District Director. “While supply chain issues resulted in empty shelves at the big box stores, the bounty at farmers’ markets never wavered.”
McBride notes that when consumers shop local farmers markets, they’re keeping their dollars in their own communities. Market sales have grown and farmers are retaining 40-50% of the new customers they attracted during the pandemic. SNAP use and Fresh Food Bucks redemption at EFM increased by more than 25% in 2021.
“As farmers’ markets become a primary food source for more people, a weekly Winter Market is now a necessity,” McBride says.
This season will offer customers an outdoor space where they can find fresh, local veggies and greens all winter. Masks are encouraged for shoppers who are unvaccinated. Winter Market will feature 15 vendors, including:
- Apple Ridge Farm – sourdough bread, baked goods, pot pies, pastured pork, bone broth, winter soups and more
- AquaSprout Farm – Aquaponically-grown butterhead lettuce, summer crisp lettuce, baby romaine, curly kale, swiss chard, cherry tomatoes, basil, arugula and micro greens
- Breakaway Farms – pasture-raised beef, pork, chicken, eggs, sausages and more than 50 varieties of bacon
- The Bubbly Goat – goat’s milk soaps, lotions and candles
- Cabbage Throw Farm – organically-grown greens, herbs and root veggies
- Flour Shop Bakery – breads, pastries, cookies and savory crostini
- FD Market – sustainable cleaning and household products
- Haven Farmstead Table – hand-crafted cheeses and cured meats
- Jersey Pickle – pickles, olives and other fermented treats
- Pocono Apiaries – raw honey, creamed honey and hot honey
- Portch Tea – small-batch kombucha, hard kombucha, hot yerba maté and mulled cider
- Primordia Mushroom Farm – fresh mushrooms
- Roastwell Coffee Roasters – barrel-aged coffees, bagged coffees, hot coffee and tea
- Salvaterra’s Gardens – organically-grown greens, root veggies
- Scholl Orchards – apples, pears, root veggies, winter squash, jarred butters, vinegar, hot sauce, pasta sauce & ketchup
- Zekraft – prepared salads, soups, jarred desserts and granola
Winter season details
Winter Market will again offer a Winter Warrior rewards program. Shoppers can check in at the Info Tent each week, and for every six consecutive weeks attended, shoppers can earn a prize.
Winter Market vendors, as well as the Highmark Farmstand inside Easton Public Market, welcomes Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) users. Thanks to a USDA grant distributed to Buy Fresh Buy Local of the Greater Lehigh Valley, both the Winter Market and the Highmark Farmstand are able to offer a fresh food match (up to $10 per day) to stretch the dollars available for fresh fruits and vegetables. SNAP users should stop by the Info Tent to get their tickets prior to shopping the market.
With the lot behind the Easton Public Market currently under construction, customers are encouraged to park in the city’s parking garages to shop the market, which are a short walk away from Centre Square. Visit Eastonfarmersmarket.com/winter-market-2022 for details of the vendors and producers for Winter Market.
Easton Farmers’ Market is grateful to the following sponsors for providing support for this year’s Winter Market: Capital Blue, Lehigh Valley Health Network, Air Products, and IBEW Local 102.