With the warmer weather comes the bounty from our Adams County earth. We are fortunate to have so many farms producing such a variety of fruits and vegetables. We’re also fortunate to have two organizations that offer convenience in bringing some of this bounty to residents at convenient locations in downtown Gettysburg.
Several weeks ago, I mentioned the Gettysburg Farmer’s Market getting underway for the season on the Square, and this Saturday at the Gettysburg Transit Station on Carlisle Street, the Adams County Farmers’ Market will kick off its 2019 season. I recently chatted with Reja Djalal who is market manager and program manager of the Adams County Farmers’ Market Association. Reja tells me the mission statement of the market is twofold; to support local agribusinesses and food producers, and to provide the consumer with quality fresh foods at a fair price. He says the non-profit market has been in operation for about 10 years. Reja tells me there are currently about a dozen vendors with several new ones expected this year, and adds the market is always looking to expand its current base. He tells me the ACFMA also participates in several programs to ensure the disadvantaged, senior population, and those just wishing to eat healthy, can do so. One of the more popular programs of the market is the EBT Double Dollars Program. Through this program SNAP recipients can use their EBT cards to get market tokens and double their buying power for every dollar spent. Farmers Market Nutrition Program Checks are also distributed to income eligible senior citizens and WIC clients during the market season. Over $20,000 is distributed to 130 families and 75 eligible senior through the Healthy Options Program made possible by several local agencies, groups and organizations. In an effort to keep their employees eating healthy, Adams County government distributes county wellness vouchers in an effort to keep county employees eating healthy and to support local agribusiness, pasture raised meats, and artisan pasta. The market is also happy to accept WellSpan Market Bucks that are distributed by the WellSpan Medical Group to low income patients to provide healthy eating guidance. Patients with diabetes or pre-diabetic are provided a monthly allowance of Market Bucks to purchase healthy fruits and vegetables at the ACFM.
Reja tells me with the proposed development of the Gettysburg Station project, the market may be looking at other locations in the future. He also encourages other potential local vendors to contact him about joining the market. He mentioned talks are going forward with the Gettysburg Farmers Market about a possible merger of the two groups in the future.
I’m always up for a taste test! My friend Kathy Glahn has been associated with the ACFMA since its inception. She has served the market in several capacities over the years and currently serves as treasurer. She has been a passionate supporter of the ACFMA while also being a vendor as well. Look for Kathy and her Wild Juniper Farm display at the market this Saturday. After mentioning I was doing this week’s column about the market she graciously provided me with a sampling of her homemade jams. With the exception of the pineapple, all her jams are made with Adams County fruits. I sampled the blackberry, plum, strawberry, peach, and lemon-strawberry. I can guarantee an explosion of flavor in your mouth when you taste these homemade treats (she makes them right in her kitchen). My English Muffins have never tasted so good. Kathy will have some samples at her table so try some.
As the Adams County Farmers’ Market opens this week, it’s also graduation weekend at Gettysburg College. As a graduation present, any Gettysburg College student presenting an ID will be presented with a 3 dollar voucher to purchase anything they wish at the market this Saturday. We also want to mention because of the Antique Show in town this Saturday, the Gettysburg Farmers’ Market on the Square will not be held. It will return Saturday May 25.
So much is going on or planned for our great community, let’s head “Around Town”:
The Gettysburg Garden Club will hold its annual Spring Plant Sale this Saturday from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on the parking lot of the Gettysburg Fire Department on North Stratton Street. The sale will feature a wide variety of perennials, succulents, and herbs with many coming from member’s gardens. Proceeds will be used to provide the flowers on Lincoln Square, and to provide scholarships to Adams County students majoring in horticultural studies. For more information go online to: www.gettysburggardenclub.com.
The Biglerville Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary is having an all-inclusive bingo at the Biglerville Fire Hall this Saturday. Doors open at 4 p.m., games begin at 7 p.m. Advance admission is $35 and includes nine cards, four quickies and a meal platter (platters served between 5 and 6:30 p.m.) Twenty four games pay $100, and three games pay $250 each. Tickets are $40 at the door. Seating is first come first serve. For advance tickets call Erma at 717-586-1808, or Donna at 717-677-8373.
A special treat for baseball fans will be held next Tuesday. The Historic Gettysburg Adams County Speaker’s Program will present a special evening about Gettysburg’s own, Hall of Famer Eddie Plank. Local writer James Rada Jr. will present the program about Plank who never went to Gettysburg College, but did play for the team during the early 1900’s. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1946. He was known in the big leagues as “Gettysburg Eddie” and pitched most of his career with the Philadelphia Athletics. Don’t miss this special speaker presentation next Tuesday. The program will be held at the GAR Hall on East Middle Street. Doors open at 7 p.m., program begins at 7:30 p.m., and is always free to the public.
The ladies of St. Francis Xavier Parish Council of Catholic Women will be holding a Rummage Sale at the Xavier Center on Table Rock Road Saturday, May 25 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Items will include clothing, toys, jewelry, games, household items, books and much more. Bag sale will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Proceeds from the event will help support the parish and local groups in the community. For more information, call 717-334-3298.
With the annual Gettysburg Memorial Day Parade and observance fast approaching, the Vietnam Veterans from Post 202 of the Gettysburg American Legion asked if I would mention they will again be entering their Huey Helicopter, with the support of Helicopter Applicators, in the Memorial Day Parade Monday, March 27. It is also the 100th Anniversary of the Legion and many veterans are expected to march in the parade. A bus will be provided for those who are unable to walk in the parade. In addition, the “Legion Riders” will be escorting the marchers and the helicopter. The helicopter will be on display in front of the legion building on East Middle St. beginning at 1 p.m. for close up pictures, and the auxiliary will also be providing light refreshments in front of the legion building.
If your non-profit club, group, or organization has an upcoming event, be sure to let me know about it. My contact information can be found at the bottom of the column. Please allow at least two weeks’ prior notice.
America loves their moms. The National Retail Federation says Americans spent about 25 billion dollars on “mom” this past Sunday. The federation says it is the highest amount spent in the past 16 years. In addition, 86 million Americans were expected to have celebrated their moms or the women in their lives, with the average consumer dropping a whopping 196 dollars on gifts ranging from special trips, flowers, and greeting cards. Last year the federation says Americans spent about 180 dollars on presents. Now remember, this is the average, we never even mentioned the “bling”. Bling often times trumps cards, candy, and flowers. “Just sayin”
That does it for this week. Stay safe, and I’ll be back next Tuesday.