Avoca Farmers Market kicks off 2018 season

By Jimmy Fisher - jfisher@timesleader.com
Julie Radle, of Radle’s Farm in Avoca, sells product to a customer at the Avoca Farmers Market on Wednesday. -
A fruit and nut scone in the shape of a pizza slice was one of the many products on sale by Beta Bread, located in Clarks Summit, at the Avoca Farmers Market. -
Avoca Borough Councilman Jim Emlaw, left, orders from floyd Austin out of his food truck, Shook’s Food Truck, located out of Wilkes-Barre, at the Avoca Farmers Market on Wednesday. -

AVOCA — Despite cloudy skies and light rain, the Avoca Farmers Market kicked off its second season with a sizeable crowd and plenty to offer.

The event featured three food trucks and 22 vendors selling items such as flowers, canned goods, hard cider, wine, soaps and jewelry.

Avoca Councilman Mike Fuller, who organizes the event, was pleased with the turnout.

“It was a good crowd,” he said. “This is our biggest opening day in terms of vendors.”

Fuller did mention that vendors who grow their own fruits and vegetables will come to later events due to the harsh winter causing a delay in them growing their products.

A new feature this year was the addition of picnic tables for those ordering from food trucks.

“Yeah, it really helped keep people here,” said Flyod Austin of Shook’s Food Truck, which is based in Wilkes-Barre.

The Farmers Market featured four new vendors, including Radle’s Farm of Avoca which started its business just this past year.

“We sell all kinds of maple products,” said owner David Radle. “We sell maple syrup, maple products and we sell some produce, as well.”

They also sell candy and maple carmel popcorn.

Radle said his business doesn’t have a storefront and that events such as the Avoca Farmers Market are how they sell their product.

In fact, the Avoca Farmers Market was their first event.

“We’re probably going to do just this one for now until we get bigger,” he said. “(But we did) pretty good. Our sales were pretty good.”

Radle’s Farm will be a mainstay at the Avoca Farmers Market all season, which is held from noon to 6 p.m. every Wednesday in the open field at 822 McAlpine St. The field space is donated to the borough for the market by its owner Mike Mackarey.

The weekly event will continue into the fall season.

“We go into October, but it’ll be determined by the weather (when we call it a season),” Fuller said.

Julie Radle, of Radle’s Farm in Avoca, sells product to a customer at the Avoca Farmers Market on Wednesday.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_Avoca-Market-1.jpgJulie Radle, of Radle’s Farm in Avoca, sells product to a customer at the Avoca Farmers Market on Wednesday.

A fruit and nut scone in the shape of a pizza slice was one of the many products on sale by Beta Bread, located in Clarks Summit, at the Avoca Farmers Market.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_Avoca-Market-2.jpgA fruit and nut scone in the shape of a pizza slice was one of the many products on sale by Beta Bread, located in Clarks Summit, at the Avoca Farmers Market.

Avoca Borough Councilman Jim Emlaw, left, orders from floyd Austin out of his food truck, Shook’s Food Truck, located out of Wilkes-Barre, at the Avoca Farmers Market on Wednesday.
https://www.psdispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_Avoca-Market-3.jpgAvoca Borough Councilman Jim Emlaw, left, orders from floyd Austin out of his food truck, Shook’s Food Truck, located out of Wilkes-Barre, at the Avoca Farmers Market on Wednesday.
Weekly event is held every Wednesday

By Jimmy Fisher

jfisher@timesleader.com

Reach Jimmy Fisher at 570-704-3972 or on Twitter @SD_JimmyFisher

Reach Jimmy Fisher at 570-704-3972 or on Twitter @SD_JimmyFisher