Farmers market produces crowds in Hubbard
Sunday sale in Hubbard’s Tylee Park proves popular
HUBBARD — Carol Stoneburner has just the right treat to keep her guests cool in the summer heat — fresh peaches over ice cream.
Stoneburner, of Hubbard, said the peaches she purchased Sunday afternoon at the weekly farmers market held at Tylee Park next to the fire department are “delicious” and a perfect treat for house guests.
“I like to have fresh produce at home, and this is the best place to get it,” said Leandra Kesner of Hubbard, who got tomatoes, onions and other items from the market overflowing with fruit and veggies.
Elliott Lengel of Lengel Brothers Farm and Market in Mercer, Pa., said fruit has been selling well this summer due to the hot weather.
“Normally on a hot day, no one wants to have to cook. People are looking for fruit and something they can eat raw,” Lengel said.
Jeanice Britvich of Ferris Farms in New Wilmington, Pa., a seller, said the market is set up pleasantly, under the shade of trees.
“This summer, people are looking for tomatoes and sweet corn, and we have them,” she said.
Joel Evans, market manager, said the market is held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Sunday through the end of October.
“This is the fifth market season. We were up the street the first years but we moved to Tylee Park two years ago. Sundays seem to be the best day for this. People who go to church or out to lunch come here afterwards and appreciate the hours. This year has been a great success. We get over 200 people some weeks,” Evans said.
In addition to the farm and food vendors, specialized artisans offer attractive wares, Evans said.
Evans, an instructor at the University of Mount Union in Alliance, said the Friends of the Hubbard Public Library also attend and set up a display.
Cynthia Hirtzel of Hubbard, a volunteer with the Friends of the Hubbard Library, said Sunday was “National Book Lovers Day” so people could select a book or DVD. A box of small toys allowed children to select a treasure.
“The library had been closed for awhile this year and people wanted the opportunity to get a book. This is more than a farmers market, it is a community market where we have many nonprofits set up tables. Each week is a different community group that is highlighted, such as a school group or local organization,” Evan said.
Hubbard Football Boosters, cheerleading boosters, Hubbard Public Library and Youngstown Blue Coats have participated in the past.
Evans said a weekly raffle offers a gift certificate for a local restaurant or store.
“It is nice to have the community support of our local businesses and restaurants,” he said.
Evans said the market tries to work with, and network with, the Warren and Austintown markets.
Desiree Adams of Forestview Farmhouse in Vienna said jalapenos and microgreens for salads and sandwiches are very popular this summer.