That time of year

Saturday marks opening of 45th Warren Farmers’ Market season

https://www.facebook.com/WarrenPaFarmersMarket/ The 45th season of Warren Farmers’ Market will kick off this Saturday at Midtown Lot in Warren.

Flowers and herbs, honey and maple syrup, fruits, and vegetables.

The 45th season of Warren Farmers’ Market will kick off this Saturday.

The market will be open from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday from June 15 through Oct. 26.

With one possible exception, the event will be held at Midtown Lot in Warren. If Rally in the Valley conflicts, the market will have to find a new home for a week, according to Farmers’ Market board member Josie Gerardi.

Last year, the market moved to St. Joseph’s Church parking lot but is back at Midtown.

Times Observer file photo “There’s always a push on eating healthy and having fresh fruits and vegetables,” Farmers’ Market board member Josie Gerardi said. “This is a very good source. It’s better to visit the produce man than to visit the doctor.”

“If there’s some reason we can’t be there, we’ll be in Gen. Joseph Warren Park,” she said.

Until the season is in full swing, the selection of flowers and fresh fruits and vegetables will be limited.

“This week, maybe six (vendors),” Gerardi said. “It’s always a slow start. In July, we’ll be in full swing with the garden produce.”

That doesn’t mean shoppers interested in buying fresh and local shouldn’t spend

some time at the market.

“There will be plants, some produce, honey and herbs, some flowers,” she said.

“Dave Martin will be there. He will have some produce,” Gerardi said. “Tom Frair will be there. He always has beautiful perennials and herbs. One of the vendors, Alan Scott, said this is the best maple syrup season he’s had in a while.”

Attendees might notice that some past vendors will not return. But, there will be some new faces among this year’s vendors, Gerardi said.

The longest-tenured vendor will be returning.

“We have one vendor that has been here every year — Shirley Olson,” Gerardi said. “She is known for beautiful tomatoes, apples, and blueberries.”

There are a number of good reasons to visit Farmers’ Market, Gerardi said.

“There’s always a push on eating healthy and having fresh fruits and vegetables,” she said. “This is a very good source. It’s better to visit the produce man than to visit the doctor.”

“As a visitor, Farmers’ Market is a good place to socialize on Saturday mornings,” she said. “We usually have anywhere from 200 to 400 people there.”

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