Farmers and Flea Market kicks off season at fairgrounds
By JOHN RISHEL
MACKEYVILLE — Tuesdays will now offer local residents in the area a unique shopping opportunity — the Farmers and Flea Market at the Clinton County Fairgrounds in Mackeyville.
The market –which will include vendors selling all kinds of produce, fruits and other foods, along with crafts and more — opened for the season last Tuesday. It will remain open each Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Sept. 24, except for July 23 and July 30, due to the Clinton County Fair, according to market organizer Bonnie Williams.
Although vendors were plentiful on the first day, there’s still plenty of room for more and Williams is urging anyone interested to call her at 570-295-8170. She said the cost is $10 a week for a 10-foot wide space and another $5 for electricity.
Those who showed up last Tuesday weren’t disappointed with what they found.
There were baked goods, including Nan’s Donuts and Mr. Sticky sticky buns.
There was smoked cheese, fresh meat, and a food trailer stationed outside selling anything from breakfast sandwiches, to cheeseburgers, hot sausage sandwiches, bacon chicken ranch wraps, and more… along with the opportunity to get a freshly squeezed lemonade directly across the walking path.
“Last year it was on the other side, in the other building. We get to use the shelves in this building, which is nice,” said Linda Cridge of the Penn State Extension Master Gardners, noting that there were a few auctions and other events sponsored by the Fair Association that caused vendors to keep moving back and forth between buildings.
To the thrifty shopper, finds included used books, flowers, hanging baskets, crafts, sheets, blankets, clothes, music CD’s and computer software, jewelry, movies, and various yard sale items.
Scentsy and Tupperware products were also for sale.
“There were rumors going around that we were not having it this year,” said Phil Courter, president of the Fair Association. “We are definitely here. There will be more vendors coming in that could not make it this week.”
Courter noted that Williams is the one in charge of the market.
He said this is the fourth or fifth year that the market has come to the fairgrounds.
“There will be produce coming in June. We may have a little bit coming in before that, but it depends on our vendors. We are getting calls all the time,” Williams said.
“One gentleman is from Altoona, the man selling the fresh meats is from Mifflinburg.” Williams said.
Diane Cioffi, a vendor running a station called “Dippity Doo” selling smoked cheese, slushie mixes and other items, came from Williamsport.