The Sweet Corn Festival is Saturday. Don’t miss the festivities this week and be sure to stop by for the delicacies inspired by corn from our talented vendors and artisans. Grab a bag full of sweet corn for your next cookout and enjoy it with fresh meat from Smithfield farms. For dessert, how about some corn-inspired pastries from Pink Bird Bakery or Batter, and then cool off with frozen yogurt from Sweet Dawgs? For later, pick up delicious, wholesome deli salads and a bag of popcorn.
It’s always great to wake up with the sun to tackle a fitness class or relax with a mellow pilates class, while the kids burn energy in the bounce house. This week, you can even spark a positive change in the community by adopting a dog through an animal rescue group. It’s going to be a great week at market!
What’s at Market?
Spiral Path Farm: Bring home a box of organic greens from this certified-organic, family-run farm. Bring home fresh kale, herbs, and mixed veggies.
Fudgeolutely: A local sweets vendor specializing in homemade fudge creations.
Linden Dale Farm: A family-run farm dedicated to raising goats to produce wholesome dairy products: chevre cheese, greek yogurt, and more!
Smithfield Farm: A family-run farm offering a variety of meats, eggs, and produce.
Pink Bird Bakery: An all-natural bakery specializing in healthy, wholesome breads and specialty cakes.
Lancaster County Honey: A small family-run business that strives for natural, wholesome products. They make a wide variety of fresh honey products including blueberry honey.
Batter: A Gluten-Free Baking Co: With a certified gluten-free kitchen and artfully created goods, they are your go-to bakery for all sweet tooth moments! Try a fresh, gluten-free blueberry pie.
3J’s Coffee: A local coffee shop known for their breakfast sandwiches and freshly brewed pour-over.
Torchbearer Sauces: Started by two best friends, Torchbearer offers more than thirty sauces ranging from classic hot sauce to barbecue to mango pineapple salsa.
Grandview Granola: Well known for their fresh yogurt parfaits made with delicious homemade granola blends. Be sure to get yours with the maple bacon granola. Scrumptious!
Rola’s Lebanese Food: Experience a wide range of baked goods and rich snacks from this middle eastern palate enhanced with the traditional flavors of olive oil, lemon, and garlic. Delicious!
Country Joy Flowers: Specializing in beautifully crafted flowers grown from their own farm.
Pepperelly: Try this revolutionary artisan’s unique pepper spread with a twist.
Rafiki’s Deli: A deli-styled vendor specializing in authentic African food such as samosas, mango slaw, and fresh-made hummus.
Guerrilla Canteen: A food truck on a mission to provide gourmet guerrilla cuisine to the general public. Treat yo’self to a blueberry cheesecake empanada with whipped cream for breakfast.
Sweet Dawg: This food truck specializes in treating your sweet tooth with an array of frozen yogurt, syrups, and toppings.
Just Four Dogs and Cats Pet Bakery: This all-natural bakery creates unique treats for both dogs and cats.They also offer fun toys and apparel.
Cujicoo: A small business specializing in unique printed linens ranging from tote bags to aprons.
Olivero’s Vineyard: This local winery offers free samples of their aged wines made from a wide variety of fresh ingredients.
Serendipity Handcrafted Soap: An artisan specializing in beautifully made bars of soaps and bath bombs.
SPLAT: A Family Art Studio: A fun business offering different projects for all ages!
Stella Blue: Hip handcrafted jewelry with a zen-like appeal.
CHOCOLATETOWN SQUARE ACTIVITIES
- 8:00 am – 9:00 am Free fitness hosted by Crossfit Gamma
- 9:00 am – 10:00 am Free Pilates class
- 10:00 am – 12:30 pm Chocolate art activities for kids presented by the Hershey Story
- 10:00 am- 12:30 pm Live performance by Hank Imhof
- 8:00 am- 12:30 pm Dog Adoption
- 8:00 am- 12:30 pm Hershey Community Chorus
- 1:00 pm- 4:00 pm Paint and Create class (registration required)
- 8:00 am- 12:30 pm Bounce House for kids
Volunteer to Help!
We could still use a few volunteers this week. Please consider helping if you’re available. It’s a great way to spend Saturday morning! If you can’t help this week, you can sign up for future dates on the Farmers Market on Chocolate page.
Our Featured Vendors
Introducing Dorothy Dulo from Rafiki Shoppe
With a heart of a gold and a rich passion for food, Dorothy started Rafiki with the intent to serve. As an authentic African deli and restaurant, Rafiki produces healthy, flavorful dishes that do more than simply please our tastebuds. In Swahili, a widely used language in coastal Africa, Rafiki means “friend” and that is exactly where the heart of this business lies. In every way, Dorothy, a long time philanthropist, has designed Rafiki to benefit the greater good. The business strives to employ women with varied ethnic backgrounds in the hopes of gaining new culinary knowledge and helping them build a new life for their families. All proceeds go to numerous charities, both local and foreign, particularly in Western Kenya where the Rafiki Africa Foundation resides. Rafiki caters to parties of any size. One more thing, the food is delicious. Sample her dolmas, fresh grape leaves stuffed with rich cheese; falafels, made with chickpeas and seasoned with traditional flavors; or samosas, a beef, chicken, or veggie mixture fried in dough and served with African dipping sauce. For a sweet tooth, try the sweet couscous made with dried fruit, honey, and cream.
Describe the moment you knew you needed to sell your products.
After catering several times as a volunteer and having people ask me to buy my food.
What is the one thing you wish you knew before starting your own business?
How much administrative responsibilities take away from my limited time to enjoy doing what I love.
Name the people, famous or otherwise, you would love to have at your stand?
Oprah Winfrey; Princesses Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.
What product do you believe to be your prized item?
If you were the new item in the market, what would you be?
A seasonal salad