Market at the Park grows in Waynesboro
A farmers market in downtown Waynesboro continues to attract hundreds of people and local vendors each Saturday.
The second season for Market at the Park kicked off on Saturday, May 25, and event organizer, Mainstreet Waynesboro, is thrilled with the progression.
“I had some doubt when we were planning the farmers market heading into last year,” said Bill Kohler, director of economic development for Mainstreet Waynesboro. “I was hoping for at least 100 or 150 people a day and 9 to 10 vendors, but we have consistently tripled and more than doubled those projections.”
Produce, gourmet doughnuts, freshly-ground coffee, flowers, artisan cheese, barbecue sauce and even wine are among the items offered at Market at the Park.
The market is held rain or shine each Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon at Main Street Park, 25 E. Main St. The brick-paved park has become a main attraction in downtown Waynesboro hosting events such as beer and wine festivals, and New Year’s Eve celebrations.
The market’s last day will be Saturday, Oct. 5, which is Mainstreet Waynesboro’s Market Day. This year, there will also be a Thursday evening market on Aug. 1 since Saturday, Aug. 3 is Waynesboro’s Harry Potter festival and there will be no Market at the Park that morning.
According to Kohler, more than 800 people and 24 vendors were on hand during this year’s opening day.
Vendors from across the Tri-State areas participate weekly at Waynesboro’s Market in the Park, which is sponsored by Summit Endowment as well as Mainstreet Waynesboro.
Happy Heart Farm, which is based in Boonsboro, brings its pickled asparagus and fresh veggies as well as fresh baked breads, croissants, cookies and brownies to the park most weeks.
CinnaMommy, which is powered by Hagerstown’s Nikevia Lebron, features her cinnamon rolls from her at-home baking business.
Wines from Knob Hall Winery and Jan Zell Wines also add a twist to the traditional items featured at a farmers market.
The atmosphere for the market also includes live music throughout its spring/summer schedule.
Kohler says that surrounding businesses in downtown Waynesboro have benefitted from the weekly foot traffic drawn by the market.
“Just to see people carrying bags down Main Street on a Saturday morning is very satisfying,” Kohler said. “We are using this as a venue to get people downtown.”
Vendors are accepted on a full-season, half-season or one-day basis. Not all vendors appear on a weekly basis.
For more information, call 717-762-0397 or go to mainstreetwaynesboro.org.
Among the vendors participating at Waynesboro’s Market at the Park:
• Bender’s Brew
• BiserFarms Artisan Cheese
• Blue Lemonade
• Christine’s Cafe
• Creations with Love
• Curly Greens Farm
• Dawn & Dusk Donuts
• Enjoy Every Moment Gifts
• Frantz’s Produce
• Good Gracious Gardens
• Grace’s Family Farm
• Grit & Grace
• Happy Heart Farm
• Harvest Hills Farm
• Jan Zell Wines
• Josh’s Popcorn
• Knob Hall Winery
• Laura’s Flowers
• Maxwell Farms
• Roots & Grounds
• Rose & Ivy Gifts
• Sweet Rose’s Soaps
• The Woodworks