By Donna Cornelius, Executive Director
If you are not inclined (or so bold) to grow your own vegetables you can take advantage of local produce, meat and dairy from the many local farms found at Lehigh Valley farmers’ markets throughout the Valley. The more famous ones are of course Easton Farmers Market, which is the oldest market in the country, and Allentown Farmers Market, which is open year-round.
Farmers market season begins May 1st, so seize the opportunity to get some fresh air and enjoy what the locals have to offer:
- Allentown Farmers Market, Allentown Fairgrounds, 1825 W. Chew St., Allentown Farmers Market is open year-round. It is the largest of the markets with local meat butchers, Mennonite and Amish baked goods, and produce. There are also many local eateries to be found just beyond the doors of this market.
- Bethlehem Farmers Market, Farrington Square, Lehigh University, Bethlehem Farmers Market is open from May 4 through October 26 on Thursdays from 11 am – 3 pm http://financeadmin.lehigh.edu/content/bethlehem-farmers-market
- Easton Farmers Market, Center Square. Easton is celebrating their 265th market season. Join opening day festivities on May 6th. Lots of organics can be found here. The market is open from 9 am - 1 p.m. on Saturdays through December http://eastonfarmersmarket.com/
- Emmaus Farmers Market, BB&T parking lot, 235 Main Street, Emmaus is open May – November on Sundays from 10 am – 2 pm. Opening day is May 7th. http://emmausmarket.com/
- Nazareth Farmers Market, Nazareth Circle, Main & Center Streets intersect. Nazareth Farmers Market is open from May 6 –October 28th from 9 am – 1 pm
- Saucon Valley Farmers Market, Water Street Park, Saucon Rail Trail, Hellertown opens May 7 from 9 am – 1 pm http://www.sauconvalleyfarmersmarket.com/
Many of the markets have music and food. From local bakeries, farms, and even local breweries and wineries you can find pretty much everything you may need for your week’s menu at our local markets! On top of all that, it’s a great way to enjoy your Saturday or Sunday in the valley!
If you want to be a little more hands-on and pick your own produce there are several farms that you need to know about. Strawberry season should begin in late May or early June, but with our warm weather be sure to call ahead to see when the pick-your-own season begins.
- Bechdolt Farms, 2209 Leithsville Rd., Hellertown - http://bechdoltsorchard.com/
- Glowing Orb Acres, 2545 Sifer ValleyRoad, Riegelsville (organic)
- Grim’s Orchard and Family Farms, 9941 Schantz Road, Breinigsville – from early fruits to pumpkin patches and then the amazing maze there is always lots to do here. http://www.grimsorchard.com/
- Schmidts Berry Farm, 5681 Berry Drive, New Tripoli – berries of every flavor can be found here starting with strawberries in late May ! http://schmidtberryfarm.com/
- Seiple Farms, 5761 Nor Bath Blvd, Bath - http://www.seiplefarms.com/
- Strawberry Acres, 1767 Clear View Rd., Coplay– peas and strawberries abound in late May, but get there early! http://www.strawberryacres.com/
Whether you pick alone or with friends or take your children on their first pick your own strawberries (mine ate more than picked) get out and have some fun in the PA countryside!
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