Thursday, March 13, 2008

New Holland Farmers Market

What do you think about that? Changes are happening everywhere in Lancaster County. Check it out! Little towns, the likes of New Holland, are starting to comprehend the agricultural significance of the area that they live in. I am sure they knew all along, but important changes are sprouting up all over the place.

About seven years ago, New Holland revived its Business Association, which was filled with rigid, unwilling to change, keep it as it is, “if it is not broken…” status quo members. After hosting several successful events, including the Christmas in the Park event that grows each year, they are now seeing that changes must take place in order to compete in the future. With that being said, our very own Farmers Market, thanks to a visionary, has sprouted here in New Holland.

From its successful beginnings last year, the event began as a way to get exposure for the local farmers and opportunities to sell their goods. From home-grown produce, flowers and ornamentals to dairy items including cheeses and ice cream, the New Holland Farmers Market has surprises for everyone.

This year the Farmers Market will be adding special events throughout the season, including demos from yours truly. I was asked to do demonstrations throughout the season, bringing to light how to utilize the local’s larder in a recipe that they can bring home. Each demonstration will revolve around a certain theme and highlight the great items that are readily available in our area.

You know, I am looking forward to this; my family would say, “anything to be the center of attention”. They are probably right, but it is much larger than that. I look at this as a way to connect with the community. Here in New Holland, we are all dots who have been waiting some time for the “Culinary Wizard” to connect us; it looks like our time has now come. We here at the Harvest Moon are excited.

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