A sweet smell wafting from the Belgian waffle stand immediately hits your nose as you walk through the open air stalls. The long line indicates the taste must be as good as it smells. An actress from the local theatre troupe is dressed up as a Disney princess, taking photos with all of the excited children. Acoustic guitar plays softly in the background, making you tilt your head to stop and listen to the young singer-songwriters. Once they finish their set, the market’s director Andy exuberantly claps his hands in appreciation for the young artists. “One of my golden rules here is always to clap for the musicians, it’s important to let them know we are listening and value their art,” he exclaims. Art is a key element at the market, from the pottery stand bursting with colorful mugs to the floral stand blooming with beautiful bouquets.
Last Call to sign up for Swarthmore Farmers Market "Concorso" So, is it Sauce or Gravy? The Swarthmore Farmers Market is hosting a "concorso" (Italian for contest) again this year to find Swarthmore's best creator of this delicacy . The only rules are that it must be a tomato based concoction (ideally, but not mandated, using Farmers Market tomatoes) AND you must make it yourself. To enter the contest, please email firstname.lastname@example.org Wed Oct 4th & Include your name and contact email. One entry per person. All entries will bring a quart of your sauce/gravy to the Swarthmore Farmers Market on Oct 7. A panel of local judges will conduct blind tastings and award the highly coveted, Cucchiaio D'oro (Golden Spoon) to the victor! Second place will earn the Cucchiaio d'Argento (Silver Spoon). If you have any questions, feel free to email or leave a comment. Mangiare bene!
A variety of cuisines fill the market, the spices causing your mouth to water. Toddlers run around the market chasing butterflies, while their parents follow behind at a close distance. Students from the local college graze the stalls looking for a quick lunch on their busy Saturday. Vendors greet and welcome each other as if they were old friends. The produce captivates your attention, the vibrant tomatoes, squash, and apples begging to be picked. A feeling of calm settles over you as you enjoy the bustling scene filled with food, family, art, and music.
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This is a typical Saturday morning at the Swarthmore Farmers Market.
Each of us has experienced our first Saturday at the market as patrons rather than working on-site. We aimed to utilize this experience as a way to understand the atmosphere of the market. We had the opportunity of meeting Andy, the manager of Swarthmore Farmers Market on the market grounds. It was a perfect first introduction; he was in his element at the market, donning his khaki apron and enjoying a waffle from the local stand. After having met Andy on two separate occasions, we have left his presence raving about how welcoming and kind he is. He has been working for the Swarthmore Farmers Market for several years and has elevated the status and recognition of the market. Andy retired from working for a newspaper, and then started working for a local supermarket in Swarthmore called the Swarthmore Co-op. While working there, he was asked by another employee if he would be interested in working for the Swarthmore Farmers Market. Now, as one of the managers of the market, Andy recruits and hires businesses to set up stands on Saturdays in Swarthmore. He likes to have local vendors, has recently been hiring musicians to play throughout the day, and also organizes activities for the children to participate in. Andy’s involvement in the Swarthmore Farmers Market has brought him great joy when he is able to see the happiness his hard work brings to the community of Swarthmore. He loves his town, and wants other people to love it just as much as he does. Andy would like people to “come and stay awhile” and enjoy the atmosphere of the market.
Swarthmore is a suburban town of around 6,000 residents in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. With a median age of 30, this town is composed of many young couples and families. It is also the home of Swarthmore College, a private liberal arts college that has around 1,600 undergraduate students. The main downtown area of Swarthmore gives locals many options for shopping, services, and events. With a variety of restaurants and merchants, there are many places to spend time and relax in Swarthmore. This friendly town will make you feel right at home.
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