The Selinsgrove Farmers’ Market has officially reopened for the season under new leadership! Hoping to revitalize the struggling weekly Selinsgrove Projects Incorporated(SPI) run event, three young leaders from our community have stepped up to take the reigns.
Selinsgrove’s own Sara Lauver and Shawn Park have joined the former Farmer’s Association manager Kevin Dressler to lead the market for the 2016 season. According to a press release sent out Wednesday, the new leadership team hopes to foster a place where people can “purchase fresh-picked produce, meet the growers, discover what is in season and connect to the local community in both a fun and old-fashioned way.”
Sara Lauver is employed by the Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way as well as Sunbury Broadcasting. Lauver is an avid performer who recently opened a Baltimore Orioles game by singing the national anthem and fronts the band Blue River Spell.
Shawn Park is also a Selinsgrove native who spent last summer working for the Borough completing an internship towards a Masters of Public Administration. Park, along with former Recreation Coordinator Jess Runkle, spearheaded Selinsgrove’s designation as a River Town. Park is now employed by Weis Markets.
“Be patient with us,” says Sara Lauver, Board member and Farmers’ Market committee volunteer. “Good things take time and this is a good thing. We are working very hard with everyone involved, past and present, to transform our humble market into a destination where the community can come together and support all things local and delicious,” Lauver adds.
The market has lost some foot traffic over the years. All but forgotten by the SPI board’s leadership, a lackluster administrative performance from the employees of the Main Street Manager program, and years’ of public mistrust in SPI has left the Farmers’ Market under-supported, under-advertised, and missing patrons. New leadership will be good and hopefully invite new opportunities to the market.
The Selinsgrove Farmer’s Market runs every Saturday, May through November, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM directly in-front of the Borough Building in the Selinsgrove Commons park. Interested farmers, crafters or vendors of locally produced items can register for a stand at $50 for the year. This also includes a spot during the annual Market Street Festival. A selection process will ensure a balance of vendor categories and space is limited.
** – The 2016 Application as well as the Farmers’ Market Rules & Requirements for vendors will be available on the Selinsgrove Chamber of Commerce website at http://selinsgrove.net/event-applications/