On Centre: Around Bellefonte | Despite cold temperatures, farmers market will continue

mmorgan@centredaily.comOctober 29, 2013 

Temperatures are dropping and leaves are falling off trees, but the Bellefonte Farmers Market is not ready to call it quits for the year.

Secretary Lois Stringer said the vendors will continue to set up shop outside Gamble Mill, 160 Dunlap St., from 8 a.m. to noon each Saturday at least until the end of November.

A few years ago, she said, there were cold and snowy day in the fall, and customers still made it out to spend some money on the local products.

“We have a pretty loyal following,” she said. “It gets smaller as the season goes on, but it’s a nice social day, too.”

Some of the products change as the weather gets colder, but the market still has vendors with products such as vegetables, wine, bison meat, canned goods, baked goods, peppers, soaps and body lotions.

All of the products are locally and individually grown or made. Nothing is bought from a store and resold, Stringer said.

Attendance varies from week to week, and though the number of customers drops a little bit when it gets cold, there are still enough people to justify heading out for the day.

Organizers are also looking to add vendors to vary the products they can offer.

Two major areas that they are trying to increase are vendors with dairy products or tree fruits like peaches and apples. If they are able to get people with those products, Stringer said they will pretty much run the gamut of products customers would be seeking.

“Those are two things that we’d definitely like to increase,” she said.

Anyone interested in becoming a vendor at the farmers market can contact Stringer at 570-726-4555.

Matt Morgan can be reached at 235-3928. Follow him on Twitter @MetroMattMorgan.

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