The parking lot was overflowing as customers made their way to the Grand Reopening of the Morgantown Farmer’s MarketPlace, March 1, 2 and 3, located on Main Street, Route 23 near Route 10 across from the Windmill Restaurant.
Even with March coming in like a lion with its threating winds and snowfalls it did not deter the new management from revealing a new and changed market.
Kathy Bernard, the new manager along with her partners, took the best of the market opened last fall along with customer suggestions and created a more open feel with more food offerings and colorful shops filled with unique and everyday items.
The highlight was the new Morgantown Bakery located in the center. It is the only bake shop in the village and was long awaited by residents.
“We saw a void and we filled it,” said Jan Creitz. “A group of us, my husband Lenny and myself along with Lisa and Gary Hart, and Marie and David Teter have contracted with Achenbach's Pastries of Leola, to sell their fresh long johns, donuts, cupcakes, Danishes, eclairs, cream puffs, breads, bars, pies and specially ordered decorated cakes.
“We have created a one-stop shop for the public to buy their baked goods and a fresh cup of coffee, hot tea, hot chocolate or fresh brewed iced tea. You can sit and relax with a girlfriend and chat at one of the market’s cozy tables while you enjoy your treat. It’s a friendly place where everyone knows your name,” said Creitz.
Across the way the new open design revealed Ed’s Book Nook with a big sign for “The Dream Continues” by C. Ivan Stoltzfus (written with Carol Quaintance), a local book about the Honey Brook retired farmer’s mission Across America for Wounded Heroes. Here you will find “good” books as Pastor Ed calls them, faith, spirituality, and books about the spirit of humankind.
An array of colors, flowers, and greens pulls you toward floral designer Mary Lawrence’s whimsical Thistlestop Shop where her wares are available along with her children’s book written for new readers. She can custom design any special order desired.
Paul Brooks, vendor at Valley Forge Woodworks, antiques and collectibles, was busy at the front desk helping customers and working on decals for his firefighter sons, Fire Chief Jason Brooks of the Twin Valley Fire House, and Dan Brooks Firefighter at Honey Brook Fire House. They have a business making signs and flags out of fire hoses.
For dog lovers meet Tracy Grant, owner of The Crazy Dog homemade dog treats shop. She sells her own answer to safe dog treats after her dog suffered severe allergies to dog treats.
Lisa Hart, owner of A Work of Hart and part owner in the new Morgantown Bakery Shop, summed it up, “We are working hard bringing the market up to the true traditional farmer’s market. Our meats and sandwiches at Mad Anthony’s are the finest around. The Bake Shop is a huge addition to Morgantown along with our expanded produce section. They are harbingers of what is to come when the weather breaks. Then we will really bloom with outside vendors adding to the mix. We are looking to add the traditional farmer’s market fare: home canned preserves and vegetables; a pickle barrel; sour cream and yogurt; old fashioned penny candy; chocolates and much more. We have many contracts in the works and are seeking more.”
Vendors can contact Hart at email@example.com.
“Lets’ talk. Stop by. We are open to your ideas.”
For more information, find on Facebook at Morgantown Farmer's MarketPlace or by calling 610-913-0042.