Farmers Markets are a growing trend in Northeastern Pennsylvania, as well as the rest of the United States as people go out of their way to eat produce that was grown virtually in their own backyards. However, not all local farms have a small market stand on their property, which is why farmers markets have popped up in Scranton and the surrounding area. Although many of them are only open several days a week, they still provide local residents with the chance to buy their fruits, vegetables and related products from a small farm, rather than a large commercial one. Check out our list of essential farmers’ markets below.
Co-Op Farmers Market, 900 Barring Avenue, Scranton, PA 18510
The Co-Op Farmers Market boasts of being the only open-air farmers market in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, because it is an “open air” market, it is only open during the months of July through November, selling locally grown produce during prime harvest seasons, and closing before the weather becomes too cold. The Co-Op Farmers Market, which has been in business for over 75 years, is open three days a week (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays) during these specific months, and it sells fresh fruit and vegetables, jellies, jams and flowers, both fresh cut and in pots.
South Side Farmers Market, 159 Cedar Avenue, Scranton, PA
The South Side Farmers Market is open once a week – on Saturdays – during the months of July through October. The market is held on the site of the historic Scranton Iron Furnaces, and us run through a joint venture between local farmers and craftsmen, and the Elm Street Revitalization Project of United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA). On top of fresh fruits and vegetables, the South Side Farmers Market welcomes local wineries and cheese makers, as well poultry farms, beekeepers and craftspeople. Basically, if it can be made or grown locally, it is welcome to be sold here, resulting in a comprehensive and intriguing mixture of items.
Circle Drive In Theatre, 1911 Scranton-Carbondale Highway, Scranton, PA 18519
The Circle Drive In Theatre is well known for its double features showed the old-fashioned way – on a giant screen that you watch from the comfort of your vehicle. However, they also have a combined flea market and farmers market every Sunday between the months of March and November. The market is open from 7am to 4pm on those days. Vendors at the market sell everything from antiques to collectibles, and a number of local farmers and craftspeople have booths set up as well. It is hard to resist the chance to buy memorabilia and vegetables at the same time!
There are plenty of farmers markets in the Northeastern Pennsylvania area – these are just the top three. They are known for their quality of vendors, diversity of goods sold, and convenient locations. Although not every farmers market is open on the same days of the week, this just provides you with the chance to visit more than one of them each week. You are bound to find what you are looking for!