The Saltsburg Farmer’s Market has been in full swing since June, offering vendors, live music and food to local community members.
This is the second year of the market’s operation. The idea of establishing a farmer’s market for the area was pioneered by committee member Karen Cumberledge in 2021. She presented the idea to her fellow Saltsburg Borough council members, who agreed to help in bringing the vision to life.
“We started having meetings and focusing on what we wanted the event to provide,” said committee member Lorrie Johnson.
“We wanted to feature handmade and homemade products only. We wanted to bring in farmers and food vendors.”
Since last year, the market has grown from 10 vendors a week to nearly 22. The event is held every other Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m, weather permitting.
“I would say we’ve doubled in size since the first year,” said Johnson. “That’s why we try to stay on the phones contacting people and finding more vendors. There’s a lot more out there that I know we can find.”
Market Committee members include Cumberledge, Johnson, Michelle Jesko, John Lombardo and Krystin Kelly.
“Each member takes on a different role,” Johnson said. “Michelle does most of the promoting. Karen, John and myself take care of a lot of things on the day of. We help out wherever we’re needed. Krystin is the secretary at the borough so she takes calls and handles a lot of questions.”
In terms of entertainment, the market has plenty to offer. There are currently four regular farmers who bring vegetables and other goods to sell, such as cucumbers, tomatoes, garlic, pickles and herbs.
Mother Mary’s Meats and McChesney Farms bring meat products, such as beef, steaks, pork, bacon and sausage.
Another vendor, Cindy Purves, brings a variety of homemade jellies. Little Blessings Farm brings products featuring goat milk, such as soaps, hand creams and body lotions.
One farmer/vendor, Staymates, brings a machine that makes roasted peanuts and he sells them fresh throughout the event.
Toni’s Fry Shack and Comer’s Italian Ice are the two main food vendors available during the event. The committee is looking to pull in at least one more regular food vendor.
According to Johnson, the committee is also currently looking for more vendors willing to bring baked goods.
“My favorite part of the Market is getting to meet the vendors,” Johnson said. “Not all of them are local. Some are coming from pretty far, like Vandergrift, Homer City, Latrobe, Apollo. They are just wonderful people, making a living doing what they love to do. They just love being there! They keep coming back.”
In addition to access to many unique vendors, the Market showcases live music, played by friends Julie Dunmire and Joe D’Aquila.
“They’ve been around a long time,” Johnson said. “Joe used to own the NAPA store in town and Julie has a secondhand store just outside of Saltsburg. They perform at Canal Days and the car cruise. Everybody knows them.”
Faith Alliance Church in Saltsburg will be handling activities for kids. They are planning to provide a “Kids Corner,” with plenty of crafts and games. The church will set up a spot along the canal with the other vendors so that parents and guardians can easily drop children off at the Kids Corner and enjoy some shopping.
“The most important thing is that it’s a community event,” Johnson said. “People are getting out of their houses and coming down to support our local vendors. It’s just a really nice community event.”
The Saltsburg Farmer’s Market will meet Aug. 18, Sept. 1 and then a final time on Sept. 22.
Any vendor interested in participating in the Saltsburg Farmer’s Market must complete a registration form that can be accessed through the mail or email. Food vendors pay $10 and craft vendors pay $5. The only requirement is that all products be homemade/handmade.
Contact (724) 639-9413 for more information or visit the Saltsburg Farmer’s Market facebook page.