Fresh from the farm

June 27th, 2015 1:30 am

First Posted: 7/11/2013

Now that’s fresh!

The Pittston Farmers’ Market opened for the 2013 season Tuesday on the Tomato Festival Lot on South Main Street.

This year, long-standing coordinator Maria Capolarella Montante has stepped down and Mary Angelella of Harding has taken the reins.

“We would like to increase awareness to come out and support the local farmer,” Angelella said. “I think buying local is important. You can get to know the farmers to ask questions about their produce.”

The first day of the market saw five vendors with returnees like Brace’s Farm and Dymond’s Farm on hand.

“We’d like to see more farmers and vendors coming in,” Angelella said. “We can expand the whole parking lot and even go to the upper lot.”

“We love the Farmers’ Market,” said Brenda Colbert of Colbert & Grebas Elder Care Law Office directly across the street from the Tomato Festival lot. “What’s great is senior citizens can get $5-vouchers for vegetables.

Colbert is thrilled to be in Pittston after relocating her office from Wilkes-Barre. “We love here, we’re thrilled to be here in Pittston and we love the renaissance of Pittston area.”

Linda Mancinelli of Brace’s Farm is pleased to be back for nearly 20-years in downtown. “We have regular customers and we’re known for our peaches, our cider, our apples and it’s been a successful market for us,” said Mancinelli

Pauline Naparsteck, of Pittston, brought along her granddaughter to pick up fresh fruit and vegetables. “The vendors and market bring a lot more people to the downtown,” stated Naparsteck.

The market will open up every Tuesday throughout the summer until mid-autumn from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.