It’s Sunday morning and Edgemont Street between Media Elementary and Barrall Park is packed. Pop-up tents shield fresh produce and treats of all kinds from local food artisans. Residents stroll from one vendor to the next… coffees in hand, chatting as they collect veggies and baked goods. Families tote their smallest members in carriers and strollers while their older children dart between – doodling with chalk, petting dogs and asking to go play on the playground. This is the Media Farmers Market.
“We are thrilled with the way our new location here at Edgemont Street makes the market feel like a big neighborhood block party,” says Amy Johnson, longtime advocate and supporter of the Media Farmers Market. “The space is fantastic and we’ve found that people want to hang out, linger for a bit, talk to other shoppers and the vendors.”
Talking to the vendors, farmers in particular, is highly encouraged. Mary Allen is the Market Manager and is delighted when she sees people asking questions. “Being able to talk to the person who grew or raised the food you are going to feed your family is invaluable. You can discuss allergies, get recipe ideas or check in on how other crops are coming along.”
The Media Farmers Market is now a year-round market, with the Regular Market open every Sunday 10-2 from May-November, and operating on a Winter Market schedule during December-April.
What’s new in 2019? The market continues to work with partner Farm to City to find new and local vendors and shoppers can expect to meet even more unique vendors this year. Also, market hours have shifted in response to customer feedback.
“This year we are open Sundays from 10-2. We know how busy Saturdays can be, and that many people already have a Sunday morning routine. We listened to residents’ feedback and decided this would be a good compromise,” says Johnson.
In addition to shopping at the market, residents can also volunteer. “It’s a great opportunity for new residents to work a shift or two to meet people. Or it works well as a family volunteer activity… we can even award credit to students who are working on service hours,” says Allen.
For more information about The Media Farmers Market, visit their website .