The Farmers’ Markets are coming back!


Spring has sprung, and hopefully this past week’s snow was our last of the season. Soon we will be seeing the reemergence of blossoms and farmers’ markets. Most of our local markets will be opening over the next month and a half, and there are plenty of reasons to shop from your Lehigh Valley farmers.

You may remember a blog post we did a few months ago where we highlighted the research of Buy Fresh Buy Local’s Community Fellow Laura Schmidt. She debunked the common perception that farmers’ markets prices are higher than grocery stores: (read the full report here!)

When the price of a shopping bag of farmers’ market food grown/raised using organic methods is compared to the price of a shopping bag of grocery store certified organic food, no statistically significant difference is found. There is also no statistically significant price difference between a bag of farmers’ market conventional and grocery store conventional food. Nor is there a statistically significant difference between the farmers’ market and grocery store bags of combination (organic methods/ certified organic & conventional) food.

The Buy Fresh Buy Local website explains other reasons for buying from regional farmers, including better taste, health benefits, supporting local business and the beneficial environmental factors. Supermarket produce average 7 to 14 days in transit, during which time fruits and vegetables lose some of their nutritional value and burns fossil fuels while travelling.

Now that you’re convinced to buy local, here’s where you can do it!

1. St. Luke’s SteelStacks Farmers’ Market: 
SteelStacks Farmers’ Market
101 Founders Way
25 W. 3rd Street
Bethlehem, PA 18015
610-332-1300
Distance: 4.67 miles.2. Bethlehem Farmers’ Market @ Campus Square: 
Bethlehem Farmers’ Market
S New St & E Morton St
Campus Square
Bethlehem, PA 18015
610-758-4652
Distance: 4.75 miles.

3. Emmaus Farmers’ Market

P.O. Box 14
Emmaus, PA 18049
484-695-4626
Distance: 4.96 miles.

4. Saucon Valley Farmers’ Market

WaterStreetPark
PO Box 341
Hellertown, PA 18055
610 392 4704
Distance: 7.01 miles.

5. Macungie Farmers’ Market

100 N. Walnut Street
Macungie Memorial Park
Macungie, PA 18062
610-966-2503
Distance: 7.64 miles.

6. Bath Farmers’ Market

Keystone Park
Race Street and Green Street
Bath, PA 18014
484-602-4353
Distance: 8.89 miles.

7. Nazareth Market on the SquareCenter Square
Nazareth, PA 18064
610-746-9998
Distance: 12.40 miles.8. Easton Farmers’ Market: 
Nurture Nature Center
518 Northampton Street
Easton , PA 18042
610-330-9942
Distance: 14.54 miles.

9. Easton Farmers’ Market

Centre Square
Easton, PA 18042
610-330-9942
Distance: 14.80 miles.

10. Ottsville Farmers Market: 
Linden Hill Farmers Market

LindenHillGardens (Route 611)
8230 Easton Road (Route 611)
Ottsville, PA 18942
215-767-4051
Distance: 17.50 miles.

11. Indian Valley Farmers Market

Penn& Main Streets
P.O. Box 314
Telford, PA 18969
215-723-6627
Distance: 20.88 miles.

So now you have the why and the where, here’s the what: a schedule of when fruits and vegetables come into season

May

June

July

August

Apricots
Asparagus
Avocados
Basil
Beans, Green
Beets
Broccoli
Cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower
Celery
Chard
Cherries
Citrus:Grapefruits,Kumquats,Lemons,

Navel Oranges,

Valencia Oranges

Collards
Corn
Cucumber
Dates, Medjool
Eggplant
Figs
Kale
Kohlrabi
Lettuce
Mushroom
Mustard
Nectarines,
Okra
Onion, dry
Onion, Green
Passion Fruit
Peaches
Pears, Asian
Peas, Black-eyed
Peas, Green
Plums
Potatoes
Raspberries
Spinach
Squash, Summer
Strawberries
Tomatoes
Turnips

Apricots
Avocados
Cherries
Asparagus
Basil
Beans, Green
Beets
Broccoli
Cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower
Celery
Chard
Citrus:Grapefruits,Kumquats,Lemons,

Navel Oranges,

Valencia Oranges
Collards
Corn
Cucumber
Eggplant
Figs
Grapes
Kale
Kohlrabi
Lettuce
Melons
Mushroom
Mustard
Nectarines
Okra
Onion, dry
Onion, Green
Passion Fruit
Peaches
Pears
Pears, Asian
Peas, Black-eyed
Peppers
Plums
Potatoes
Raspberries
Spinach
Squash, Summer
Strawberries
Tomatoes
Turnips

Apples
Apricots
Asparagus
Avocados
Basil
Beans, Green
Beets
Broccoli
Cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower
Celery
Cherries
Citrus:Grapefruits,Lemons,Valencia Oranges

Collards
Corn
Cucumber
Eggplant
Figs
Grapes
Kale
Kohlrabi
Lettuce
Melons
Mushroom
Mustard
Nectarines
Okra
Onion, dry
Onion, Green
Passion Fruit
Peaches
Pears
Pears, Asian
Peas, Black-eyed
Peppers
Plums
Potatoes
Raspberries
Sapote
Spinach
Squash, Summer
Strawberries
Tomatoes
Turnips

Apples
Asparagus
Avocados
Basil
Beans, Green
Beets
Broccoli
Cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower
Celery
Chili Pepper
Citrus:Grapefruits,Lemons,Valencia Oranges
Collards
Corn
Cucumber
Eggplant
Figs
Grapes
Kale
Kohlrabi
Lettuce
Melons
Mushroom
Mustard
Nectarines
Okra
Onion, dry
Onion, Green
Passion Fruit
Peaches
Pears
Pears, Asian
Peas, Black-eyed
Peppers
Persimmons
Plums
Potatoes
Raspberries
Sapote
Spinach
Squash, Summer
Squash, Winter
Strawberries
Tomatillos
Tomatoes
Turnips

We hope to see you out this spring and summer supporting our local agriculture!

Posted on March 27, 2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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