PHOENIXVILLE - The Farmers' Market is bringing fresh, organic food to the Foundry parking lot every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. now through October, with three festivals.
The market is rain or shine. The farmers will have tents around the Foundry parking lot on Main Street, and possibly inside the building as well. Plenty of parking is also available around the event.
"It's definitely outside unless there's horrible weather," said Katy Andersen, who is helping to organize the festivals that "celebrate local foods and agriculture."
The 2004 Phoenixville Farmers' Market Festival Series take place on June 19, August 14 and October 2. The food festivals will feature live music, children's activities, cooking demonstrations, food testings, barbecue and much more.
The festival will include children's arts and crafts activities sponsored by the Phoenix Village Art Center. Broadwater Farm will have a farm exhibit, and there will be cooking demonstrations by local caterer Julie Zlogar, featuring creative and healthy uses for the produce available at the Market.
Residents will be shown "ways to prepare nutritious dishes," said Andersen. All healthy foods are used and sold at the Farmers' Market from the local farmers.
The festival will feature food from a variety of local producers. Ember Crivellaro, from Country Time Farm, will bring pulled-pork sandwiches and nitrate-free hotdogs.
Country Time Farm uses hogs with no growth hormones, and they also provide meat to restaurants in Philadelphia.
The market helps "promote healthy, home-grown foods that move away from conglomerates," said Andersen.
Jonas Miller from Pequea Valley is going to sell homemade root beer, and Wills Valley Farm will have old-fashioned, fresh-squeezed lemonade. The Mast Farm will serve strawberry shortcake, and Wills Valley Farm will have homemade pies.
"The festival's a chance to sample prepared foods, get a sense of what you can do and promote local farmers so they get some exposure," said Andersen.
The products available at the Farmers' Market are not available in stores, and they are all healthy and organic.
The Farmers' Market is a family event that features good food, music and activities for kids. A blue grass band will play during the festival at the market on Saturday.
Represented will be B&L Grassland Farm, Charlestown Cooperative Farm, Country Time Farm, St. Gabriel's School, Lynn Hoagland, Kimberton Hills, Dorene Pasekoff, Pequea Valley Farm, Quarryville Orchards, Kate Ramoth, Wills Valley Farm, Yellow Springs Nursery and Willow Creek Orchard.
The festival is sponsored by the Chester County Conference and Visitors Bureau, the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation, and Longview Development LP.
For more information, check out www.PhoenixvilleFarmersMarket.org.