Farmers on the Square

Mackenze Burkhart, left, Farmers on the Square market manager, talks with Erin Hoover and her daughter Etta during the market in Carlisle.

Farmers on the Square moves back outside May 1 to its home in front of First Presbyterian Church on the Square.

The market is open from 3 to 7 p.m.

As is the market’s tradition, freshly made Amish donuts will be available at the first market and throughout the season, according to Kenze Burkhart, market manager.

Burkhart said one addition to the market will be a rotating schedule of food trucks with 717 Taco visiting on opening day. Food trucks must fill the same qualifications as all market vendors in that they must be local producers within 50 miles who focus on using local ingredients to create their menu.

The “biggest surprise” of the season will come during the final two weeks on the Square in December, Burkhart said. The Dec. 11 and 18 markets will be Artisan Markets that will feature local makers as well as the normal vendor line-up.

The market will welcome several additions to its slate of vendors this year. Bootleg Creamery of Blain is a small-batch ice cream company that uses local products as available to make their custom flavors.

Coulter Farms, a certified organic and grass-fed Jersey dairy in Honey Grove, will bring bottled milk, yogurt, kefir, butter, a variety of cheeses and certified organic beef among other products to the market.

Lancaster-based Meduseld Meadery will be at the market every second Wednesday of the month with its handcrafted mead using local honey and farm-to-table ingredients.

Harvest Hills will bring tree fruits including cherries, plums, apricots, peaches, nectarines and apples from its orchard to the market.

Burkhart said “one big event to look forward to” is the Dairy Day Celebration on June 5, the first market day of dairy month. The event will feature the Farm Show milkshake truck, 4-H demonstrations, live animals, grilled cheese, live music and more.

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Carlisle Reporter

Carlisle Reporter for The Sentinel.