Saucon Valley Farmers’ Market Opens for Season on Soggy Sunday: Photos

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Photo by Chris Christian

The ribbon is cut to open the 2019 Saucon Valley Farmers’ Market. The market opened Sunday, May 5 and is being held this year on the grassy field next to the Hellertown Area Library on Constitution Avenue (across from Dimmick Park) in Hellertown. It is open Sundays from 9 am to 1 pm through late November.

The weather wasn’t exactly ideal, but it didn’t do much to dampen the spirits of organizers and shoppers who turned out to celebrate the opening of the Saucon Valley Farmers’ Market Sunday morning in Hellertown.

The market this year is located next to the Hellertown Area Library at 409 Constitution Avenue, and that’s where a ribbon-cutting ceremony officially marking the opening was held with the Hellertown-Lower Saucon Chamber of Commerce at 10 a.m.

The market is open Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (weather permitting) from early May through late November.

Normally it is located in the borough’s Water Street Park, however due to construction related to the Water Street Bridge replacement that will be taking place this summer it is being held in its alternate location.

The 2019 market features more than three dozen vendors selling locally made or locally grown foods and wares.

Among the things you will find at the market are local produce, meats, eggs, cheese, dairy products, baked goods, honey, coffee, wine, spirits, flowers, herbs, plants, soap, prepared foods, art and crafts. Every fourth Sunday the market hosts “Art in the Park,” which is a day when artists sell their wares, and every Sunday visitors can enjoy live music as part of the market.

A new playground in Dimmick Park is currently under construction across the street from where the market is held, with an anticipated opening date of June 2019.

For more information about the Saucon Valley Farmers’ Market, visit the market’s website and like them on Facebook.

Photos by Chris Christian

Saucon Valley Farmers’ Market volunteer and manager Angela Reese holds a plaque that recognizes the market’s membership in the Hellertown-Lower Saucon Chamber of Commerce. At left is volunteer and committee member Tom Laudenslager.

Hellertown Mayor David Heintzelman donned a raincoat for the opening, as did many other attendees.

Aunt Jack’s Real Home Baking is a Saucon Valley Farmers’ Market veteran vendor. The Easton-based business sells a variety of from-scratch baked goods made with local ingredients when possible.

Even with the rain, there will smiles for the opening.

Umbrellas were the de facto accessory of the day at the farmers’ market’s opening.

Sturdy tents were in place to help keep dry the various foods and other goods for sale at the market.

Even pets donned their raingear.

The market is a great place to share a tasty morning meal with friends or family.

Jessica O’Donnell of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce speaks at the ribbon-cutting Sunday.

A contingent of borough officials was on hand to help celebrate Sunday’s opening of the Saucon Valley Farmers’ Market. Pictured from left are council president Tom Rieger, mayor David Heintzelman, council vice president Phil Weber, councilman Andrew Hughes and zoning hearing board member Ken Solt.

Although rain occasionally falls on the farmers’ market, it is typically only canceled if the weather is considered dangerous. For example, it has been closed for a blizzard and a hurricane in the past. Fortunately, Sunday’s rain showers were relatively light and allowed the market to open as scheduled.

 

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