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Carbondale Farmers Market opens first summer season with live music and more on May 26

Carbondale Farmers Market opens first summer season with live music and more on May 26
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From a press release:

Introduced last fall, the Carbondale Farmers Market will be transitioning outdoors for its first summer season on Thursday, May 26.

Running from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. at the Fallbrook housing community (185 Fallbrook St., Carbondale), the opening day celebration will feature a great lineup of local farms, artisan foods, free art activities, and more, including live “traditionally infused, dynamic R&B folk rock music” by Charles Havira and his band from 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m.

The market, which was founded by United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania with a grant from the Moses Taylor Foundation, will have plenty of things to see and do. Hoppy’s Produce will be joining with locally grown seasonal produce to pair perfectly with steaks or burgers from Halstead’s Black Angus Beef Farm. Build weekend dinner flavors with mushrooms from Mattson’s Mushrooms and micro-greens from Wild Notion Farms.

Vendors will have brunch covered with farm fresh eggs and local honey from Maple Hill Farm & Apiaries, delicious varieties of coffee from NEPA Coffee Roasters, and sweet maple syrup treats from Burke’s Maple Farm. Serve some fresh pastries with coffee from Welsh Tea & Cookies or Evil Sweets by Lulu, which offers a variety of keto, gluten-free, and vegan options.

Serve all of these items on a custom serving platter by Don Peck Woodworking and bring some floral beauty to the table setting with live plants from Peaches Greens. Don Peck is also offering a variety of wood shavings to add those extra smokey flavors to cookouts this year.

Tour inside the Fallbrook Healthy Aging Center and learn more about what Carbondale has to offer. Relax with Bright Fire Healing Center and receive a massage in the sitting area. Carbondale Public Library can help anyone get their own library card. The Greater Carbondale YMCA will show off all the great health benefits and activities residents can participate in every week, and The Wright Center for Community Health will provide information about local clinics. The center’s older adults will be participating in a craft activity for both adults and children.

Other activities throughout the day include with veggie painting with Sam Kuchwara. Add a handprint to grow boxes for the community garden with UNC’s Youth Programs. Pinchot State Forest will be presenting information about wildlife found throughout NEPA. Bring a camera to take a picture with Smokey the Bear.

The Carbondale Farmers Market accepts SNAP/EBT; stop by the UNC table during market hours to learn how to utilize SNAP benefits and receive $20 extra per week with Produce Double Dollars. There will be three raffles throughout the day, a reusable tote bag giveaway, and $5 in market bucks for the first 100 guests.

United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania is a nonprofit organization dedicated to assessing and meeting the needs of low-income families, youth, senior citizens, and new immigrants in NEPA.

Since 1923, the agency has embraced its mission to work together with neighbors to provide services and create opportunities which empower individuals and build strong interdependent communities. The agency accomplishes this mission through five programmatic departments (Community Services, Children and Teens, Community Health and Aging, Community Education, and Community Revitalization) and a Housing/Community Development Corporation. Through this diverse programming, UNC uses an innovative wrap-around approach to address the emerging needs of the community it serves.