It may be a tad late for strawberries, but Newville’s John Graham Public Library could be home to a Saturday farmer’s market later this spring if library director David Cubie can find enough interested vendors.
Susan O’Hara, who grew a bumper crop of strawberries this year in her Upper Mifflin Township patch on Middle Road, says better late than never.
“It’s too bad this didn’t happen a couple of weeks ago,” O’Hara says. “I would have had a lot of strawberries to sell. Mine are about done now.”
But, there are vegetables on the way, she says.
Cubie says the goal now is to find enough interested farmers or growers to sustain a market on the library’s spacious lawn.
“It’s just an idea right now,” he says, “But I think it would work if we can organize enough vendors with fruits, vegetables or other farm products.”
Interested sellers should contact Cubie at (717) 776-5900; sign up at the library or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
“I like going to a farmer’s market,” Cubie says, “and there products around. I see roadside stands all the time. I talked this over with a board member who liked the idea, so we decided to give it a try.”
Highlighting the library and its services would be a related benefit, Cubie says.
“It’s important to bring attention to library,” he says. “We’re in an excellent location (9 Parsonage St.) to attract people and events, and we have a good sized lawn. This would be a good way to keep local produce here.”
O’Hara says her strawberries may be about over for the season, but there are vegetables like tomatoes, peppers, cabbage, corn and long-necked pumpkins still to harvest.
O’Hara says the farmer’s Market concept caught her eye “because I have a garden.”
She says she’s been growing her owns vegetables and fruits for about five years and often has surplus products she’s be happy to sell.
The farmer’s market sounds good to her although it’s something she’s never tried as a seller.
“I sold strawberries along the road in front of my house this year for the first time, and it went real well,” O’Hara says. “I think the farmer’s market would work. If you can walk through town and buy fresh produce at a reasonable price, why go to the store for it?”
O’Hara says she’s been home gardening for about the last five years and her efforts are productive.
“I have a green thumb, but I’m still trying to perfect sweet corn,” she admits. “I think my soil isn’t quite right. I get big stalks, but much in the way of ears.”
She’s hoping this year’s rainy spring will jump start her corn crop.