For customers eager to buy locally grown ripe tomatoes, juicy peaches and fresh lettuce, the wait ends Friday.
The Scranton Co-Op Farmer’s Market opens for its 78th season at noon on Friday, with area farmers once again filling the stalls at the open-air market off Barring Avenue.
“We are ready to roll. Everyone is really anxious,” said Marylee Schirg of Jim’s Farm Produce in West Abington Twp. “People know our reputation. We’re very proud of our market.”
Unpredictable weather this spring, including rain and cold nights, will delay some crops, but plenty of produce should be available this week.
Paul Brace, president of the market, plans to have peaches ready, along with blueberries, cherries and green Lodi apples.
“It’s going to be a good crop,” he said. “They see the people who raise it, pick it and sell it. You’re meeting the person who did all the work.”
Last week, during a work day at the market, farmers cleaned stalls, repainted tables and hung awnings.
Ruth Hopkins of Hopkins Farm in Falls Twp. plans to pick cucumbers, greens, onions, zucchini, beans and a limited supply of tomatoes this week.
“It’s looking good,” she said. “Everything’s a little late, but it’s coming along great.”
Albert Broyan expects his sweet corn to be ready to pick the week after the market’s opening day.
The market recently debuted its new website, coopfarmersmarket.com, and increased its presence on social media. This year, the market will debut new lighting and roof upgrades. The improvements make the market “brighter and cleaner,” Brace said.
The market opens Friday at noon, with a grand opening ceremony planned for 3 p.m. Following opening day, the market is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from noon to 6 p.m. through Thanksgiving.
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