I love the East Goshen Farmers Market . It is far better run than the Farm to City Markets I used to patronize because although not inexpensive, the price points at East Goshen’s market are a lot more attractive than the pricing I see some of the same vendors do in Bryn Mawr. And there is a far greater variety of farms to choose from. Also, the vibe is so awesome each week. As someone settling into a new community after 30 plus years in another community, this is one of the little things that has helped my transition because although I do not know a lot of people out here yet, going to the market has helped be become comfortable with my new community.
East Goshen Farmers Market has so many terrific farmers, and I patronize all but one farm – the farming folk known as the Millers and Birchrun Hills Farm. Given the treatment people I know in West Vincent receive from Farmer-Supervisor Miller and the other supervisors in West Vincent, it is so unfortunate, but I just can’t patronize them. To me it would be morally wrong to put jingle in their pockets. And that pains me, because no matter what I like to support local farmers whenever I can.
Mind you that opinion cost this blog being linked to the East Goshen Farmers Market site (at their original request, not mine) and for the market manager Lisa O’Neill to treat me like I had a disease any time I tried to say hello. She and her co-market manager Donna Levitsky are trying to be politically correct and face it, I am not your average PTA mom…. and I am a blogger who doesn’t just blog about recipes and homemaking projects, so I get that, it’s cool. I just don’t bother to say hi any longer. It is easier and makes them more comfortable – they are so busy on market days, I wouldn’t want to detract from what they have to do by saying hi, you know?
Anyway, Lisa has in all honesty produced a most fabulous market for East Goshen (I featured it in an article I wrote about farm markets and community gardens for Philly.com this summer) , and she is apparently taking her show on the road for 2013. Malvern Patch is reporting that East Goshen’s market will be giving birth in the spring of 2013 to a mini version of itself in Malvern on Saturday mornings. That is awesome, even if it is the exact same time and day I believe as the West Chester Growers Market which is quite simply amazing, as well as the market that is the original of all these local farm markets.
I am glad local farmers will be getting more exposure – this will be another producers only market. That means to be there and sell, you grow it/you raise it.
One question, however. East Goshen Farmers Market is sponsored by East Goshen Township and The Friends of East Goshen – and part of the money they say in their mission statement goes back to East Goshen Park. So will part of the monies here go back to Burke Park in Malvern Borough where this will be held? Who is sponsoring this market? Is the borough or is there another non-profit sponsor? Or maybe they will start their own company or non-profit at this point? And what do Lisa O’Neill and her co-manager Donna Levitsky (one of the owners of Shellbark Hollow Farm which is a participating farm at East Goshen Farmers market) get out of this monetarily? Not being mean, just being realistic. A former neighbor is the market manager of the Bryn Mawr Farmers Market and I know the lady who manages the Collegeville Farmers Market. I know the incredible amount of time they put into running just one market. Will they receive a salary for this Malvern market? A profit-sharing slice of market profits? Or is this all done in a volunteer capacity? Either scenario is fine with me, I am not judging – I am merely curious how it all works. Most markets I have come across, pay their market managers something for all their efforts. And running a Saturday morning market will sure mean more effort as they will be up with the roosters to ensure the market is set up by 9 a.m.
Here’s the update from Patch and I am looking forward to this market and Kimberton Whole Foods coming to Malvern! I am still not a fan of the development occurring on East King Street, however, outside of Kimberton Whole Foods coming to town. I think the development in the end will prove to be too dense and too much for the borough of Malvern to handle.
Malvern Borough will have a new, weekly farmers market in Burke Park starting Saturday, May 4, 2013.
The Malvern Farmers Market will be held Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Burke Park. It will feature about 25 farmers and food artisans in its first year, some of whom will appear on a rotating basis.
“It will start as a producers-only market,” co-manager Lisa O’Neill said. “There will definitely be a meat vendor in there, farm fresh eggs, local cheeses, local bakeries.”
What about cupcakes, dog treats and other less typical items for sale?
“The, what I call, value-added products will be there, but we’ll introduce them to the market after we get a solid farmers market up and going,” she said.
O’Neill, who currently runs the East Goshen Farmers Market with co-manager Donna Levitski, presented the plan for a Malvern market at the Sept. 18 Borough Council meeting. She credits Borough manager Sandy Kelley with helping her see the potential in Malvern….
In an email, O’Neill said the market will boost the local economy:
Malvern is the perfect community for a farmers market – a walking town, with plenty of parking on a weekend morning, and just the perfect distance from existing Saturday markets. We think this will benefit the entire Malvern community – every Saturday shoppers will head to Malvern for the market – while they’re in Malvern they can visit with all of the other Malvern merchants – giving local businesses a big weekend boost – everybody wins.
Many farmers markets have popped up in and around Malvern in recent years, but few have demonstrated staying power. The fate of the East Goshen Farmers Market for 2013 is in the hands of township officials, and two other nearby farmers markets—Great Valley and Rushton Farm—did not return in 2012.
Lisa O’Neill is right – local communities do indeed benefit HUGELY from things like farmers markets. It brings people to town who might never otherwise visit. And Malvern is cute. The Bryn Mawr Farmers Market (albeit expensive) has greatly benefited Bryn Mawr by giving it foot traffic on Saturdays, and things like First Friday Main Line and Clover Market have also similarly benefited main street Ardmore. (and if you have never been to either First Friday Main Line or Clover Market, you should check them out!)
Hey, it is the end of September so what farms are doing the best corn mazes and hay rides and pumpkin things this year? Let me know! You know how I love pumpkins!!!