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Farmers Markets

Jonathan Forshey, left, and Andrew Hufnagel, of the Gamble Mill restaurant, prepare a dish during the Golden Basket competition at the Boalsburg Farmers Market in 2014.
Jonathan Forshey, left, and Andrew Hufnagel, of the Gamble Mill restaurant, prepare a dish during the Golden Basket competition at the Boalsburg Farmers Market in 2014. CDT file photo

Agriculture is among Pennsylvania’s leading industries. As winter gives way to spring, farmers markets sprout statewide, offering consumers a chance to purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables.

The state Department of Agriculture’s WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program aim to provide fresh, unprepared fruits and vegetables for those at risk of malnutrition and to expand awareness and use of farmers markets.

Four $5 vouchers are available each season for WIC recipients and people 60 and older whose pre-tax income is 185 percent of the poverty level — $21,775 for an individual or $29,471 for a couple.

Vouchers can be redeemed at select farmers markets and farm stands across the state between June 1 and Nov. 30. For more information about the program, contact the Centre County Office of Aging at 355-6716 or visit www.agriculture.state.pa.us.

A SAMPLING OF FARMERS MARKETS IN CENTRE COUNTY

Markets participating in the voucher program are noted.

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Amish farmers market

Hills Plaza parking lot, South Atherton Street, State College

Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays

June to October

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Bald Eagle Valley Community United Methodist Church*


Church parking lot off state Route 144, Wingate, behind Sheetz

2:30-6:30 p.m. Thursdays

July to September

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Bellefonte farmers market*

Allegheny and East High streets, in front of the Centre County Courthouse

7 a.m. to noon Wednesdays and Saturdays

June to November

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Bellefonte producers-only farmers market

Gamble Mill parking area on West Lamb Street, Bellefonte

8 a.m. to noon Saturdays

May to October

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Boalsburg farmers market*

Pennsylvania Military Museum parking lot

2 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays

May to November

Indoor market

Boalsburg Fire Hall, East Pine Street

2 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays

November to mid-May

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Millheim farmers market*

American Legion Post 444 grounds, state Route 45

10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays

May to October

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Old Gregg School farmers market

Old Gregg School Community and Recreation Center, 106 School St., Spring Mills

10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays

October to May

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Philipsburg farmers market*

Simler Lot, 112 E. Presqueisle St.

8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays

May to October

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Downtown State College farmers market*

Outdoor market

Locust Lane

11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays

May to November

Indoor market

State College Municipal Building, 243 S. Allen St.

11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays

Ends when outdoor market begins.

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North Atherton farmers market*

Home Depot parking lot

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays

June to November

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Lemont farmers market

Coal sheds between the grain elevator and Center for Well Being

2-6 p.m. Wednesdays

May to October

* These markets participate in the voucher program.

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