Residents from Berks County keep finding themselves coming back to Exeter Farmers Market to see what kind of fresh and delicious produce vendors are selling.

Exeter Farmers Market is located at the Boscov's-East parking lot. The market is open Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. June through October, rain or shine.

The market offers a wide selection of produce ranging from corn on the cob and cabbage to tomatoes and watermelons.

Sandy Stief, coordinator of Exeter Farmers Market, said the market is doing very well.

'As the weeks go by, we are doing better,' said Stief. 'More produce is coming in. We are averaging about 450 people coming in per week.'

The market is trying to work on getting a stand for a horticultural table, Stief said.

Chip Hartzell, a minister at Kainos Church, holds a stand at the market which sells baked goods.

'Everything at this stand we donate, and all the profits go to charity,' said Hartzell. 'We have already sent our profits to the Opportunity House, Camp Sunshine, and the Exeter library. We are currently trying to send our profits to the Hungry Haitian Resort.'

Gunnar Scott heads the Trout Run Acres stand which sells corn, tomatoes, beans, honey, potatoes, and cabbage. Scott said they would definitely have more corn and tomatoes if it wasn't for the unseasonably cold weather they have been having especially during nighttime.

As far as where Scott learned how to farm, he said he learned a lot from his dad.

'I grew up on my dad's farm, so that is where I first learned,' said Scott. 'I also started working at Zern's Farmer's Market.'

Cindy Radatti, a resident from Laurel Springs, Pa., said she likes the market has to offer.

'I came to check out the market because it was local,' said Radatti. 'The produce looks real fresh.'

The market has expressed gratitude to both Boscov's for allowing them to use their parking lot, as well as Pennsylvania State Rep. David R. Kessler (D-130) for his work in obtaining a grant to help get the market underway.

For more information on the market, visit www.exeterfarmersmarket.com.

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