By Brad Rotz, special to Franklin County Free Press
Saturday dawned bright and sunny, but very chilly in Chambersburg. Just the weather to attract a crowd to Coyle Free Library’s experiment with an indoor Winter Farmers Market.
Organizers weren’t disappointed. The nippy weather didn’t keep shoppers away from the first of what organizers hope will become a twice-monthly event.
Neither were shoppers, who found a large variety of fresh produce from a number of vendors, including Star Hollow Farm of Three Springs and Path Valley’s Foot of the Mountain Farms.
The market featured an abundance of what Star Hollow Farm’s Randy Treichler Called storable produce.
Those are vegetables that can be stored for winter eating, from sweet potatoes to turnips. Treichler also was selling several varieties of apples from a local grower who couldn’t be there Saturday.
Foot of the Mountain had a variety of organically grown vegetables, including carrots, radishes, potatoes and onions. Owners Jessica and Lorenzo Varisano specialize in regenerative agriculture (no-till) and all organic produce.
The customers were happy with the variety and convenience offered at the indoor market. Many of them come to the open-air North Square Market through the summer.
Indoor Farmers Market a Hit
Shopper Amelia Haney said she especially liked the location.
“It’s an easy location,” she said. “Its accessible for people living in the downtown area.“ She also liked the variety and being able to ask questions about the offerings.
The produce is fresh and organic better quality than supermarkets, they said.
Lynn Rotz was browsing the produce stands, impressed with the offerings. She really liked the lavender-infused honey Foot of the Mountain was selling.
Weekly craft vendors are part of the market experience. This week‘s vendor was Plush Perception, which sells a variety of handmade plush toys. Owner Amy Shoff also makes costumes and other handmade items. She is a regular vendor at the North Square Farmer’s Market.
Eury said Fulton Farms from Wilson College will set up at the winter market in the near future.
Customers can also take advantage of the library services and other downtown businesses.
If you missed Saturday’s market, there will be another chance to shop at Coyle’s next Winter Farmer’s Market om Nov. 16. Think about staying awhile and check out the library offerings also.
The market continues the first and third Saturday of each month through April.