This Week at Market
This is it, folks. The 2016 season of the Farmers Market on Chocolate, by far the best yet, is coming to a close and we’re going out with a bang! Think big multiplied by 10. Get excited to stock up on food and wares from our amazing vendors.
Treat yourself to a fine breakfast with the famous granola yogurt parfaits or with a savory egg sandwich. There’s always something hot from Torchbearer’s Sauces to add to your main dish. Be sure to try their Oh my Garlic on your sandwich. The pumpkin whoopie pies from Pink Bird Bakery are to die for and Batter’s gluten free Chai cookies are a hit. Grab fresh goat cheese from Linden Dale Farms to go with your favorite bottle of wine from Olivero’s Vineyards. For beer lovers, Howlin’ Henry’s Brewery specializes in a unique take on a classic hoppy brew. And for those with a sweet tooth choose between, Rola’s handmade Lebanese Baklava: a twist on the classic pastry made with shredded wheat soaked in honey and topped with chopped walnuts; or the original peanut butter brittle from Grove’s Candy. Better yet, buy both. Bring your pup for a walk in the park and afterwards treat it with a freshly baked waffle from Just Four Dogs. Stock up for the winter on luscious bath bombs from Serendipity Handcrafted Soap or Adrienne Mohn’s Bath and Body. Stay warm with Knit One Pearl Two’s winter hats and matching infinity scarves. Checkout Archana’s Art and get crafty with your little one. Archana will help you and the wee one paint a mug or tile.
It’s your last chance to experience the coveted “Pound in the Park” class led by PowerTrain Gym. Participants get a complete cardio workout by beating drumsticks to intense music. For a slower paced workout or a nice cool down, join Dailey Method for “Planks in the Park.” Stick around afterwards for a musical performance from Keystone Radio. We will also have a special appearance by professional jugglers who will perform and then teach their tricks! Korch Orthodontics will sponsor a bounce obstacle course and the Road Church will host even more activities in the park for kids. Learn about three great not-for-profits in our community: American Foundation of Children, Making Strides Against Cancer, and the Mohler Center.
Whatever you do, you will not want to miss our end of season bash!
What’s at Market?
Archana’s Art: Art & Stationery for all occasions. In addition paint a mug or tile.
Smithfield Farms: A family-run farm offering a variety of meats, eggs, and produce. Chris, Debbie and the kids would like to thank you for your patronage at the Downtown Hershey market this year! If you would like to purchase our meat or eggs during the winter feel free to reach out to us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also give us a call at 888-677-0093. If you’re looking for a fun family day this fall, come out and visit the farm. We offer a corn maze adventure along with u-pick pumpkins and more under the business name Fields of Adventure.
Pink Bird Bakery: An all-natural bakery specializing in healthy, wholesome breads and specialty cakes.
Rola’s Lebanese Cuisine: Authentic 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!
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.
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.
Knit One Pearl Two: An artisan specializing in beautifully crafted hand knits.
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. Note: They will not be at this event, but will be at Burger Bash on Tuesdays every week from 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm on College Avenue in Palmyra. Coming soon! They will be on Wharton avenue Middletown adjacent to Penn State Harrisburg every Monday and Wednesday from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm. Stay tuned for an updated event schedule.
Cujicoo: A small business specializing in unique printed linens ranging from tote bags to aprons.
Serendipity Handcrafted Soap: An artisan specializing in beautifully made bars of soaps and bath bombs.
Olivero’s Vineyard: This local winery offers bottles 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.
Linden Dale Farm: A family-run farm dedicated to raising goats to produce wholesome dairy products: chèvre cheese, greek yogurt, and more!
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!
Country Joy Flowers: Specializing in beautifully crafted flowers grown from their own farm.
Little Peace Farm: (Guest vendor) Little Peace Farm is a small, family operation offering a wide selection of chemical-free produce, cut flowers, herbs and more through its CSA memberships and market locations. http://www.littlepeacefarm.com/
Modern Crochet by Mandy Schmitt: Guest artisan specializing in beautifully crocheted totes, scarves, blankets and more.
CHOCOLATETOWN SQUARE ACTIVITIES
- 8:00 am – 9:00 am Free Powertrain fitness class “Pound in the Park”
- 9:00 am – 10:00 am Free Dailey Method fitness class “Planks in the Park”
- 8:00 am – 12:30 pm Bounce Obstacle Course provided by Korch Orthodontics
- 10:00am – 12:30 pm Music by Keystone Radio
- 10:30 am – 11:30 am Learn to juggle with KiZO Brothers
- 10:00 am – 12:30 pm Kid activities sponsored by the Road Church
- 11:30 am – 12:00 pm Performance by the KiZO Brothers (a juggling act)
- 8:00 am – 12:30 pm Making Strides Against Cancer
- 8:00 am – 12:30 pm The Mohler Center
- 10:00 am – 12:30 pm American Foundation for Children with AIDS
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 Michael and Emily Scheidel from Little Peace Farms
Many believe in the power of family and the Scheidel’s are no exception. This family along with the help of close friends, run this small, 20-acre farm in Schuylkill County, producing a variety of seasonal fruits and veggies, herbs, beautiful flowers, and the occasional delicacies: fresh baked bread and raw cheese. In a grand display of good global citizenship, the Scheidel’s support local organizations through various community events and service projects, particularly their annual Farmer’s Table Dinner benefiting Servants to All, an initiative to help the homeless in their community. Keeping true to their values, the Scheidel’s commit to providing produce to all people regardless of financial status. More so, the Scheidel’s emphasize environmental responsibility via a policy prohibiting the use of any synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, or chemicals, and instead utilizing integrated pest management, cautious farming, and wholesome “low- tech” farming practices. Demonstrating a strong work ethic, the majority of the farm work is done by hand and all products are accounted for. Another highlight is their CSA program, connecting the community through local, wholesome farming and good citizenship, while offering a wide variety of their fresh produce, herbs, and cut flowers for the span of a season. Stop by Little Peace Farms this Saturday to purchase quality goods and sign up for next season’s CSA program.
Introducing Archana Sehgal from Archana’s Art
As the mother of 8-year old boy, Archana designs and creates mainly children’s art, but is loved by all ages. From exquisite sketched flowers and an abstract owl to stitched porcupine pillows and vibrant landscapes. Archana’s specialty seems to be in elaborate animal sketches with abstract details for an all-around unique design. After nearly a decade in a career as a webmaster and web designer, Archana’s husband moved to Hershey for a job with the Hershey company and she finally had the perfect excuse to focus on her art. Choosing to stay at home with her son and concentrate on mastering her skills and learning new techniques. Currently, she is teaching watercolor classes with the Greater Derry Arts Council, offering paint your own mug classes, appearing at local farmers markets, and is even illustrating a children’s book with the director of Market, Wendy Lubell. Come out to paint your own mug and support Archana this Saturday! In the meantime, check out her artwork here.
Describe the moment you knew you needed to sell your products.
When I discovered Etsy.
What is the one thing you wish you knew before starting your own business?
That I’d need to try lots of different things before figuring out what works.
What song best describes your work ethic?
Bob Marley’s Don’t Worry, Be Happy
How would you sell hot cocoa on the beach in Florida?
Serve it in very pretty cups, with a dollop of ice cream
Name three people, famous or otherwise, you would love to have at your stand?
Ellen Degeneres, Mindy Kaling, Angela Kinsey
What product do you believe to be your prized item?
A large black, white and yellow flower painting. It’s really striking and gets lots of compliments.
If you were the new item in the market, what would you be and why?
I would be lightly sweetened flavoured ice tea, because that is something that wasn’t available at market and I would have bought it every time.