Northampton Farmers Market underway for season
Northampton Farmers Market coordinator Pat Knopf expects a good season for the market, held at Municipal Park, Smith Lane and Laubach Avenue.
The May 12 opening day was a slow start, due to windy weather and a perceived dampened attendance due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The market is set up 3-6:30 p.m. every Tuesday from May through October. Knopf said she typically has 10-plus vendors selling a variety of vegetables, plants, flowers, honey, specialty peanut butter products and grass-fed meats.
Several vendors backed out until later in May, she said, adding she expects them to return in the coming weeks.
The market objective is to provide opportunities for people to buy fresh, locally grown food products.
Knopf and her team set up the market with social distancing in mind. The safety of attendees is an important factor. There is an entrance point and an exit point.
“My husband and I measured and drew the chalk lines every 6 feet,” Knopf said.
The arrangement of the market is aimed to be safe. Attendees were seen following the flow laid out by organizers and following social distancing.
Jude Chartier, owner of Chartier Farms, a natural-raise poultry farm, operates an open-access farm for his poultry. He plans to attend Northampton Farmers Market throughout 2020. His farm raises poultry in a humane manner, which contributes to its quality.
Janice Graver, of Graver Farmstead, sells beef and pork. The animals are grass fed. The grass-fed beef are Angus and are high-quality meat products. Graver also produces eggs and vegetables.
Graver’s beliefs are “healthy farm equals healthy animals; healthy animals equal healthy products; healthy products equal healthy consumers; and healthy consumers equal healthy business.”
Clear Spring Farm, of Easton, owned by David and Terry Kromer, produces a variety of vegetables. This is a family-operated farm.
With the safety measures introduced at the market and additional farm vendors, Knopf said she is excited about having a successful Northampton Farmers Market 2020 season.