Thriving Washington Farmers’ Market extends season
WASHINGTON — The farmers’ market that takes up a pocket park and parking lot where Washington Hardware once stood will run through Oct. 3.
Councilwoman Josephine Noone said the borough and its Business Improvement District decided to extend the market for a week because, after a slow start, it has been very successful.
“Of course it depends on the frost,” Noone said.
Noone said because farm markets are considered essential services, the borough and BID plunged into making this season great. They worked through the strict guidelines, spacing out the vendors, having extra masks and hand sanitizer available at the borough table.
The purpose of the farmers’ market was originally to bring people into the downtown and judging from the full parking lot behind the market, on street parking behind that and plenty of cars in the municipal and Presbyterian Church parking lots, they were successful.
Downtown businesses are running sales currently that they are allowed to reopen.
But the market also serves borough residents.
“We have a lot of people who don’t have cars,” Noone said. Customers walk from the apartments over the shops and from the two- and three-family houses all over the compact downtown.
“They shop every week,” Noone noted.
One of the farms that sell there every Saturday, K&A, says this is the best year they have had.
Noone books the vendors and mixes things up.
On Sept. 19 she brought in a knife sharpening truck.
The BID arranges for entertainment which includes Dove Environmental, an environmental education service.
Diana Dove says while she normally does a craft with the children she has converted this year to a “craft to go.”
There is music each week brought in with the assistance of Joe Hirsh Productions.