Community markets offer flavor of small towns
Eagle Staff Writer
Written by:
Will DeShong
June 18, 2014
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Diane Steriopulos of Schramm Growers and Farm Market in Penn Township sells vegetables at the Butler City Farmers Market on June 7. Warm temperatures have led to community markets popping up around Butler County.

Summerlike weather has led to community markets popping up across Butler County.

The Butler City Farmers Market on Saturday had its fourth event of the season.

Saxonburg had the first of its monthly flea markets that organizers hope will expand into a farmers market.

Several other communities also have farmers markets this season.

About a half dozen vendors at the Butler market in the Island area sell a variety of crops and food, ranging from fruits and vegetables to baked items.

Sam Ogershok of Renfrew sells herbs. It's her first year selling at the market.

“We're just trying to get our feet wet,” she said. “We've been growing in the county for years. We always have a lot of stuff left over, so we figured we'd share it with the community.”

Ogershok said the market has slowly grown over the past few weeks as the weather has warmed.

“The first week we could see our breath,” she joked. “I think 20 people were here through the day.”

Betty Hinderliter of Butler has been at the market for five years selling her baked goods. She said it takes her all week to bake in preparation for the market.

“I'm always in my kitchen,” she said.

Hinderliter said she has gotten to know her customers well enough to know who likes what type of cookie.

“That's why I have to have so many different kinds,” she said laughing. “I'd hate to disappoint someone.”

Her orange cookie recipe is the biggest seller, though chocolate treats are popular as well.

In Saxonburg about a dozen vendors gathered June 7 in the lot behind the Mimi's Memories antique shop along West Main Street.

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Saxonburg Mayor Pam Bauman created the market to attract people to the borough.

“We're trying to bring people into Saxonburg,” said Bauman, the owner of Mimi's. “We want to make this an event people look forward to every month.”

The market will be the first Saturday of each month unless it interferes with a holiday weekend. The market next month will be July 12, which is the second Saturday because of the Fourth of July holiday.

The market on June 7 featured a variety of items.

Borough councilman Dave Felsing and his wife, Kathy, had a table offering some items.

“It's a good way to bring people into town and advertise the work done on Main Street,” Felsing said, referencing the newly redone sidewalks in the borough. “It should help local merchants.”

Felsing said the market is a good representation of the borough.

“It offers the quaintness of Saxonburg,” he said.

Sue Przybylek of Sarver was selling items at the market. She said it is a good way for the community to come together.

“We're not in this for the money,” she joked. “It gives you a chance to talk to people maybe you've only seen in the grocery store. It encourages a friendly community.”

Plans are for the market to eventually grow into a farmers market, similar to the one in Butler.

The Butler City Farmers Market runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

The Slippery Rock Community Farmers Market runs from 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday in Rock Falls Park, 111 Stoughton Beach.

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The Mars Farmer's Market runs from 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday. It is in the lot at 225 Crowe Ave., across from the post office.

The Zelienople-Harmony Farmers Market is from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Thursday in Zelienople Community Park.

The Cranberry Township Farmers Market is from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday in the Route 19 fire station parking lot, weather permitting.

There will be another market from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday in the municipal center parking lot on Rochester Road.