This Week at Market – June 11 – Strawberry Festival!

The rich, ripe sweetness of local strawberries are the main course at market this week! There’s nothing quite like a local berry during the peak of the growing season. Of course, all of our vendors will have their full selection of local produce, dairy, meat and artisan products for you. It’s a full day of fun and entertainment in Downtown Hershey.

What’s at Market?

GREAT VENDORS

  • Get high-quality meats from Sweet Pea Farms.
  • Learn how to live green with Beyond the Bulb.
  • Stock up on seedlings for your garden. It’s not too late.
  • Add a unique twist to your weekend menu. Visit Pepperelly for an amazing food topping.
  • Cujicoo artisans are back with hand-printed textiles and special gifts.
  • Experience luxurious beauty and skincare products from Adrienne’s Herbals.
  • Don’t miss fabulous works from our featured artisans: Archana’s Art, Simply Country, Memories of Yesteryear, and My Craft Cubby.

LIVE MUSIC

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Sal Biondollo performs live music in the park.
Sal Biondollo’s eclectic repertoire of acoustic Blues, Folk and Americana has been built over the years as he’s traveled across the United States. By blurring genres, he’s created a unique style that’s reflected in his original work that highlights his well-formed style and technique. Sal’s objective is simple, to provide you with the live performance you desire.

FRESH FOOD

CHOCOLATETOWN SQUARE ACTIVITES

  • Children can come out to decorate sugar cookies and then burn off some extra energy in our “Bounce House.”
  • 8:00 am – 9:00 am Power Train’s free fitness class.
  • 8:00 am – 12:30 pm Celebrate your favorite four-legged friend with animal themed games in the park hosted by the Spring Creek Church of the Brethren.
  • 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Experiment with our favorite candy at Chocolate Factory Fun in the Park, led by the Hershey Story.
  • 1:00pm- 4:00pm Paint and Create in the Park while following a trained instructor. BYOB for adults. Register on site.

Featured Vendors

Introducing Andrew Mellinger from Linden Dale Farmlinden-dale-photosKeeping a family tradition alive is important for Andrew, who with the help of his large family, owns a 7th generation dairy farm. Married to Mary Mellinger, Andrew works with his six children to operate this protected farm. The Mellinger’s take special care to watch over each of their 135 goats. There’s a unique bond with their goats, and the family raises happy, healthy animals that produce quality milk for the rich goat cheese. Be sure to stop at their stand for a sample.

Q&A

Describe the moment you knew you needed to sell your products.
It was immediately after we made them and realized we could not eat all of it.

What is the one thing you wish you knew before starting your own business?
All the hoops to jump through for each specific product you sell.

What song best describes your work ethic?
Keep on swimming hummed by Dory from Finding Nemo.

How would you sell hot cocoa on the beach in Florida?
Shot of tequila and light it on fire.

Name three people (famous or otherwise) you would love to have as customers?
Ian Hunter, Neil Young, and Wendell Berry

What product do you believe to be your prized item?
Soft-ripened cheeses because they are delicate, and hard to experience anyplace other than where they were made.

If you were the new item in the market what would you be?
Apple cider. Everyone loves good apple cider.

Introducing Adrienne Mohn from Adrienne’s Herbals

Image 2016-06-07 at 10.37.01 AMAdrienne stays busy with numerous health and wellness activities. As the owner of three small businesses, she balances her home life with a loving husband and her five-year-old son, Ryan, with a booming business. She is a true artist in the way she creates unique herbal and aromatherapy products. In addition to operating Adrienne’s Herbals, she runs Brownstone Station Massage and Bodywork, where she uses her own therapeutic products and incorporates them with a mix of professional massage techniques. Be sure to stop by her stand to see her unique body care products for yourself.

Q&A

Describe the moment you knew you needed to sell your products.
I have always had a love for nature and in particular herbs and how we are able to incorporate them into our lives. I have been making and using herbal products and aromatherapy in my massage therapy practice since 1996. I have been inspired over the years by local artisans that use local natural resources to make a product that is creative, artistic, but also useful and beneficial. I officially started Adrienne’s Herbals in 2011 when I had the desire to share my creations with more people. I love what I do and I am always looking to create new things.

What is the one thing you wish you knew before starting your own business?
I wish I would have known how satisfying it was to have my own business many years ago. I would have started much sooner.

What song best describes your work ethic?
I think people in general do their best work when working in cooperation with others. Although I create products by myself and practice massage therapy by myself, I always have the desire to work in cooperation with others for a greater good. That is why the Farmers Market culture is appealing to me. I’m not quite sure which song best describes my work ethic, but Bob Marley’s Positive Vibration has always resonated with me. Having a positive presence and outlook is important in creating and maintaining a successful life and business.

How would you sell hot cocoa on the beach in Florida?
Hot Cocoa or any chocolate treat is delicious anytime anywhere–especially especially Hershey’s. Not a tough sell in my opinion. It’s chocolate…

Name three people (famous or otherwise) you would love to have as customers?
All my customers are important to me. No possible way I could pick three.

What product do you believe to be your prized item?
Not sure if I could pick just one. My customers love the Cayenne & Ginger Aches and Pains Salve that I make. They claim it relieves tension in their body. My favorite new product is the Citrus Marigold Sunshine Soap. I use dried herbs, natural oils and essential oils. It smells great and is very moisturizing. It can also be used on your face.

Describe one difficult challenge in your life and how you have grown from it.
I had a big health set back starting around 2013 that progressively got worse and pretty horrible from 2014 until just the beginning of this year. I had undiagnosed Lyme disease that became extremely debilitating. I had to shut down my herbal products business and almost came very close to losing my massage therapy practice. My family and I are still recovering from the financial and emotional burden it created, but every week is a bit better than the last. My 5 year old son has his mom back and my husband has his wife back. We are very fortunate that we all still have each other. We appreciate each other more and don’t take each other for granted. Having a debilitating illness also forces you to be patient. More than you care to be but you have no choice. We love our lives together and are hopeful for good health and happiness.

If you were the new item in the market what would you be?
I have no idea. Something chocolatey I hope!