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Continued Growth

Residents flock to city’s Market On Main

LAURA JAMESON/THE EXPRESS City staff and volunteers keep busy collecting produce and preparing it for customers during Market on Main.

LOCK HAVEN — A venture by Lock Haven City staff continues to grow as dozens of residents came to the Main Street Parking Lot for Saturday’s Market on Main produce sale.

From vegetables like cucumbers, tomatoes and snap peas to fruits like peaches, plums and strawberries, city staff and volunteers were busy helping customers as soon as the clock struck 10.

This is the second time staff set up the market and it seems to have caught the attention of the community.

“There’s way more people than there were last week,” Councilman Bill Mincer said.

A farmer’s market was one of the first items Mincer suggested the city look into when he became a council member. However, it was the staff’s dedication and hard work that made his dream a reality, he said.

LAURA JAMESON/THE EXPRESS Human Resources Director Ivana Trader; Director of Community Life Kasey Campbell and City Manager Gregory Wilson speak with customers as they check out during the farmer’s market.

“Thank you to the city staff for organizing this event,” Mincer said.

As a line of residents began to stretch out onto the Pedestrian Mall, Mayor Joel Long said this was exactly what council and staff wanted.

“The turn out is exactly what we hoped for,” he said.

Although the city is currently the only vendor at the sale, Long said other vendors will hopefully follow.

“We wanted this to be the catalyst. We don’t expect the city to do the market all the time,” he said. “Our hope is that we’re showing there’s a market for this here for other vendors.”

LAURA JAMESON/THE EXPRESS Volunteer Jacqui Conklin helps a resident pick out produce during the Market on Main.

Long also extended his appreciation for everything the city’s staff and volunteers have done to make the new venture a success.

Market On Main is open from 10 a.m. until noon or when products are sold out each Saturday during the city’s Pedestrian Mall. Currently only debit or credit cards are accepted with EBT cards expected to be a payment option starting Aug. 8.

Masks are required to shop at the market and a hand washing station is located in the park. If you are unable to wear a mask due to medical reasons city staff will offer other accommodations.

If any vendors are interested in selling produce, contact Director of Community Life Kasey Campbell at 570-893-5612.

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