The saying goes “the third time’s a charm” and that holds true for the Millersville Farmers Market and its newest location. Since its inception in 2009, Millersville Farmers Market has outgrown two locations, the George Street Café and the Student Memorial Center Promenade on Millersville University’s campus. The market seems to have found its perfect fit this summer at the parking lot behind Grace United Methodist Church on West Frederick Street. This location has allowed the market, which is open every Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. through October 17, 2012, to flourish with more space for vendors and ample parking resulting in an increase in customers.
Millersville Farmers Market is a marketplace where members of the local community can get fresh produce, plants, crafts, organic pet treats and eco-friendly products from local vendors while enjoying live music and prepared food. The market also features a different theme each week such as apple pie contests, pumpkin growing contests and small business expo day, to name a few.
Although the market has moved off campus, Millersville University’s presence remains. “One of the goals of Millersville Farmers Market is to build community and cooperation between the University, as well as local business, farmers and the residents,” said Amy Yocom, Millersville Farmers Market coordinator.
Yocom has employed Millersville University junior business major Caroline Singh to manage the market this summer. Singh, who took over this position from fellow Millersville University junior Caitlin Brady, is responsible for booking bands, planning the weekly events, advertising and recruiting vendors, as well as maintaining the relationships with current vendors. Brady is still involved with the market but from another perspective. She is the owner/operator of Blue Rock Farm and a vendor this summer at Millersville Farmers Market.
The market has also collaborated with Millersville University for two special events, Millersville’s Four Corners Summer Arts Festival on July 11 and Millersville’s Sustainability Conference on September 26.
Shoppers are encouraged to walk or bike to the market, as well as bring their pets. For more information or to view the full market schedule, visit Millersville Farmers Market’s Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org.