This Week at Market
Doesn’t a salad sound delicious? Grab organic lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and more. Top it off with homemade feta and diced fruit. Host a dinner party with grassfed meat seasoned with spices and sauces from our vendors. Pick up a loaf of herbed bread and spread fruit-flavored honey on top. Buy free-range eggs and bacon for Sunday breakfast and accompany it with whole bean coffee from our vendors. We even have canvas totes to buy to hold all of your goods. Arrive at 8:00 am and give yourself the gift of yoga. Hershey Bears’ mascot, Coco the bear, will greet your kids starting at 10:00 am and they can also attend a karate class. Reward yourself with freshly brewed pour over from 3J’s and a yogurt parfait from Grandview Granola. Mingle with friends and family while perusing handcrafted jewelry, soothing bath bombs, and artfully designed linens. Spark your creative side at Splat studio while your gourmet lunch is prepared in our food trucks. There’s something for everyone this week at market with our wide range of vendors and artisans.
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 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.
Lancaster County Honey: A small family-run business that strives for natural, wholesome products. They make a wide variety of fresh, natural 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 with a very special sauce, the thirty plus sauces they now offer 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!
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.
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.
Chomp Chomp: Owned by a philanthropist with a knack for creating culinary art from fresh all-natural ingredients, this Vietnamese food truck serves a rich iced coffee, shrimp summer rolls, and lightly fried pork spring rolls all while contributing to a different cause each week.
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 yoga in the park class
- 8:00 am- 9:00 am Free karate class for children ages 8 and up
- 9:00 am – 10:00 am DeAngelis Martial Arts class all ages* (registration required)
- 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Live appearance by Coco the Bear
- 8:00 am- 12:30 pm League of Women Voters
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 Vendor
Introducing Chris and Debbie Smith from Smithfield Farms
With an undying love for family and all natural produce, the Smiths have a knack for balancing both family and business. Smithfield Farms is family owned and operated as a full functioning farm complete with a horse farm, a blueberry patch, and chickens. The Smiths can be seen at various venues racing their trained show horses or at numerous markets selling their prized produce. At FMOC the Smiths are locally famous for their corn on the cob popcorn. Just put their raw corn on the cob in a paper bag and cook in the microwave until the popping stops! The Smiths also offer all natural meats, eggs, and the occasional goodies: sweet plump blueberries! Be sure to visit Smithfield Farms this week for all the fixings required for your next home cooked meal.
Describe the moment you knew you needed to sell your products.
Many of the folks that stopped by our farm to buy meat kept saying “Your meat tastes like what I remember meat tasting like.” Those compliments are a true testament to the way Chris raises the animals. He quite often mentions that the animals live a good life at our farm except for the last day. At that point is when we knew we should continue to pursue selling meat.
What is the one thing you wish you knew before starting your own business?
How hard it would be to juggle farm work and family.
What song best describes your work ethic?
Happy by Pharrell Williams
How would you sell hot cocoa on the beach in Florida?
Freeze it and serve it as hot cocoa pops!
Name three people, famous or otherwise, you would love to have at your stand?
Emeril Lagasse, Luke Bryan (our daughter’s choice) and anyone reading this interview 🙂
What product do you believe to be your prized item?
Our sirloin steak. The sirloin is not known for being the best cut of steak but we love how versatile and delicious it is.
Describe one especially difficult challenge in your life and how you have grown from it.
Children can be challenging at times but they teach you patience and how to look at things in a new light.
If you were the new item in the market, what would you be?
Ice cream because who doesn’t love something sweet and cold on a hot day.