This Week at Market
As the air gets cooler and the leaves begin to change, the traditional fall favorites make an appearance at Market. Prepare for the cooler weather with cozy outerwear from Knit One Pearl Two. Give Spiral Path Farms the goodbye they deserve, as this will be their last weekend at Market; don’t miss their autumn squash and fresh greens. Grab a bottle or two of seasonal wine from Olivero’s Vineyard and rich goat cheese to go with it. Take your pick from our great vendors and artisans!
Celebrate the new season as we welcome back some of our favorite activities. Start the day with a a Pound in the Park fitness class led by PowerTrain Gym. Use drumsticks and listen to upbeat music while exercising. Stick around afterwards for a musical performance from Steve Dicnau and a special appearance by the Hershey Bears mascot Coco the Bear! Bring the little ones for a Bitty Ballet class and a yoga session from the American Foundation of Children. Get artsy with a sidewalk chalk competition provided by the Life Church. Visit with members of the Vista School and participate in Second Chance Adoption.
We’re counting down to the Market’s final days, so you won’t want to miss a second of our jam!
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. This is their last week with us, so come say goodbye to Nora for the season while you stock up on produce and sign up for the fall/winter CSA. The CSA is pro-rated and runs through December 12th, so new people are welcome to join at anytime. Pick up locations can be found here.
Pink Bird Bakery: An all-natural bakery specializing in healthy, wholesome breads and specialty cakes.
Knit One Pearl Two: An artisan specializing in beautifully crafted hand knits.
Linden Dale Farm: A family-run farm dedicated to raising goats to produce wholesome dairy products: chevre cheese, greek yogurt, and more!
Rola’s Lebanese Cuisine: Authentic Lebanese food.
Batter: A gluten-free baking company 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 cookie.
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.
Groves Candy: Meet the sweet tooth gurus who specialize in popcorn, fudge, and candies alike.
Howling Henry’s Brewing: Sample some of the fine brews crafted right here in Central Pa.
Adrienne Mohn’s Herbals: This artisan specializes in all-natural beauty and skin-care products.
Olivero’s Vineyard: This local winery offers free samples of their aged wines made from a wide variety of fresh ingredients.
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.
Stella Blue: Hip handcrafted jewelry with a zen-like appeal.
SPLAT: A Family Art Studio: A fun business offering different projects for all ages!
CHOCOLATETOWN SQUARE ACTIVITIES
- 8:00 am – 9:00 am Free Powertrain fitness class
- 8:00 am – 12:30 pm The Vista School
- 8:00 am – 12:30 pm Coco the Bear appearance
- 8:00 am – 12:30 pm The Life Church provides sidewalk chalk!
- 8:00 am – 12:30 pm Second Chance Adoption
- 8:00 am – 12:30 pm The Over the Moon Organization
- 10:00 am – 11:00 am Bitty Ballet class
- 10:00 am – 12:00 pm The American Foundation for Children with AIDS
- 10:30am – 12:30 pm Music by Steve Dincau
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 Earl Groves from Groves Candies Inc.
Ohh who make tomorrow? Dip it in a dream? Separate the sorrow and collect up all the cream? The candyman. Yes, Earl Groves is Hershey Pennsylvania’s very own modern candyman. Right off of Chocolate Avenue, customers are met with an all consuming feeling of sweet nostalgia upon stepping into the small brittle shop. Earl’s mother, a friend for all patrons, greets customers along with the rich smell that can only be described as your mother’s kitchen on Christmas morning. Celebrating their 60th anniversary, the Groves are making batches and batches of their most popular peanut brittle, a truly homemade treat! Keeping in tradition with his parents, who pioneered their peanut brittle making business as a fundraiser to help families affected by WWII, Earl is an active member of the community, whether teaching a chocolate-making class or contributing to fundraisers. Stop by this weekend and treat yourself to the legendary Bacon Brittle Bars, or milk chocolate double-dipped peanuts, rich cordial cherries smothered in milk chocolate, and of course classic dark chocolate nonpareils!
Describe the moment you knew you needed to sell your products.
I was born into it. My parents had me putting stickers on the boxes when I was 6 and have been making gourmet brittles and candies ever since!
What is the one thing you wish you knew before starting your own business?
How to cut through all the red tape of the government offices.
What song best describes your work ethic?
The Candy Man
How would you sell hot cocoa on the beach in Florida?
Well, I would hollow out a coconut and pour the hot chocolate in the coconut half to serve adding a little umbrella!
Name three people, famous or otherwise, you would love to have at your stand?
M.S. Hershey, H.B. Reese, and M.M. Mars
What product do you believe to be your prized item?
Our ultra thin gourmet brittles! We are the only candy makers that can make it and we have been doing so since 1956 in Hershey, PA on Chocolate Ave!
Describe one especially difficult challenge in your life and how you have grown from it.
Transitioning ownership from one generation to another. It has really shown me the proper way of doing things and the timeline needed to accomplish them.
If you were the new item in the market, what would you be and why?
I would be a frozen custard sundae because everyone would really love me! Lol…
Meet Rachael—Over the Moon Advocates
Hi! I am Rachael, a high school senior who first and foremost treasures my friends more than my other loves: dogs, nature, and dancing. I seek the ultimate journey and never say no to a big adventure. I surround myself with people who have hearts as big as mine and who never fail to make me laugh. Maybe that’s why I’m still here. After an experience with mental illness, I have vowed to help the estimated 20% of teenagers with mental health conditions. In fighting for this, with a small army, I have formed an official Pennsylvania 501(c) 3 Non- Profit Organization, The Over the Moon Organization. We are dedicated to combat mental health conditions in teenagers and the associated stigma. Join us as we work together to fight against teenage mental illness. Get involved!
Join us for our first big event to accomplish our goals: The 2016 Race For Young Minds features a 5K run/ Walk & 1M “MoonWalk” with after-race festivities! We will have games and fun, music, speakers, food, raffles, and more! Registration forms can be found online www.otmadvocates.com or www.pretzelcitysports.com. Register today to guarantee your official race shirt! You can also register on race day on site beginning at 10:30 am.
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