This Week at Market –
July 16

Summer is in full swing and we have just the right stuff to keep it going. Grab your little ones and the whole family for a day jam-packed with activities for all ages. As always, our vendors are providing a wide selection of the freshest produce, cheeses, and frozen treats! New this week is Pink Bird Bakery featuring healthy breads and an award winning cinnamon raisin loaf.

Wake up with the sun for a pilates class while your children attend a karate class. There’s more where that came from! Stick around for childrens activities, live music, and tai chi. Stop by to check out everything this week at Farmers Market on Chocolate.

What’s at Market?

GREAT VENDORS

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 centered solely around 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.

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 from two best friends and a very special sauce, the thirty plus sauces range from a classic hot sauce to barbeque to a 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!

Country Joy Flowers: Specializing in beautifully crafted flowers grown from their own farm.

My Craft Cubby: An artisan specializing in gorgeous handmade jewelry.

Stella Blue: Handmade jewelry statement pieces with zen-like flare.

Sweet Dawgs: A food truck serving up frozen yogurt with a wide range of toppings and fun.

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.

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 handmade 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!

CHOCOLATETOWN SQUARE ACTIVITIES

  • 8:00 am – 9:00 am     Free Pilates class
  • 8:00 am- 9:00 am      Free Karate class for children ages 5- 7
  • 9:00 am- 10:00 am    DiAngelis Martial Arts class all ages
  • 9:00 am – 10:00 am   Free Tai Chi class
  • 10:30 am – 11:15 am Free Kinderdance class for children
  • 11:00 am- 2:00 pm    The Church of the Redeemer presents Love Casts Out Fear activities for children
  • 10:00 am – 12:30 pm   Live music by Howie
  • 8:00 am- 12:30 pm    Cocoa Packs

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.

Volunteer July 16 

Featured Vendors

Introducing Jolene Collins from Pink Bird Bakery

With an undying love for baked goods and an active imagination, Jolene Collins has managed to perfect a complementary combo: baking and running. Since high school, when Jolene received accolades for competing in the 800-meter run at the state level before racing at Penn State University, she has studied the art of baking and decorating. Jolene trained under world renowned chefs Brian Peffley and Robert Corle, and boy, did it pay off! She has experience at three of the best kitchens in Hershey: the Hotel Hershey, the Hershey Pantry, and the Chocolate World Bakery. She makes all organic loaves of bread, specialty cakes, and build-your-own  cupcakes!

Q&A

Describe the moment you knew you needed to sell your products.

When my parents were sick of tasting millions of baked goods samples! Haha

What is the one thing you wish you knew before starting your own business?

It’s not as intimidating as it seems.

What song best describes your work ethic?

Fight song by Rachel Platten – This song describes my determination to continue to work through tribulations.

How would you sell hot cocoa on the beach in Florida?

I would probably make the “hot” cocoa be “cold.” It would still deliver the same flavor, but in a more refreshing fashion. Ice cubes do wonders!

Name three people, famous or otherwise, you would love to have at your stand?

My parents, brother and sister-in-law, and boyfriend (pairs count as 1, right!?). They are the most important people in my life. If I get them as customers, I have done my job and made the ones I love happy.

What product do you believe to be your prized item?

While I get great joy out of making healthy breads, I would have to say my prized item is the award-winning cinnamon raisin bread. This recipe garnered me an all-expenses paid trip to Las Vegas to compete in North America’s largest baking convention. It was an unbelievable honor to be selected for such a feat.

Describe one especially difficult challenge in your life and how you have grown from it.

Having foot surgery on both feet, and going through the rehabilitation process taught me a lot about perseverance. As an avid runner, I wanted to get back to my previous level of fitness, but being off for more than a year made getting back in shape difficult. I truly understand what hard work and dedication mean.

 

Introducing Tracy Zeiset from Country Joy Flowers

Tracy exhibits a unique love for her work. She finds true joy in growing and caring for flowers. Her favorite part is arranging them into elegant bouquets for her customers’ enjoyment. Tracy only uses local fresh-cut flowers to craft a wide range of designs all beaming with rich color.  Along with her family, she owns Zeiset Family Farms, which is known for producing gorgeous flowers, as well as fresh produce and pumpkins in the fall. Stop by this week to see Tracy’s one-of-a kind flower arrangements!

Q&A

Describe the moment you knew you needed to sell your products.

When I was around 10 years old, I cut a few bunches of my mom’s Zinnias and put them on her roadside produce stand. They sold that same day. Even though I learned the neighbor bought them to be sweet, I was hooked. I have been selling cut flowers every summer since.

What is the one thing you wish you knew before starting your own business?

It would be handy if somebody handed you a checklist with all the red-tape items you need to cover before passing go.

What song best describes your work ethic?

It’s My Life by Bon Jovi.

How would you sell hot cocoa on the beach in Florida?

I would make the hot cocoa so I know it is good, and then I would hire sweet little old ladies to sell it.

What product do you believe to be your prized item?

Of all the flowers I grow, Zinnias will always be my favorite. The blooms are such beautiful colors and they last really long when cut.

Describe one especially difficult challenge in your life and how you have grown from it.

The desire for work-family balance is a challenge that led me to leave the corporate world and focus on building the family farm and my cut-flower business.