One sure sign of a great farmers market is the presence of educational programming by community organizations in the midst of all the fresh produce. Activities like cooking demos, children’s activities, or educational presentations show a market has community involvement and support. We at the Adams County Farmers Market Association (ACFMA) endeavor to form strong partnerships with other community organizations, and through these partnerships provide quality programming and important resources for Adams County residents.

Partnering up with other organizations allows us to create programs and events together. This year, our market has had the privilege of hosting a wide variety of organizations who supplemented our cast of regular vendors in unique ways. We’ve welcomed the Adams County Historical Society, Bakewell Farm, Waldo’s & Company, the Adams County Arts Council, and the PennState Master Gardeners — just to name a few. Collaborative efforts like these are a win-win; the market attracts a new crowd, the featured partner can promote themselves to a wide audience, and our customers get a more vibrant and interesting shopping experience that can’t be replicated in a conventional grocery store.

Reza Djalal is the market manager for the ACFMA, and an Adams County native who currently lives in Gettysburg. If you have any questions about the ACFMA you can reach him at

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