Lower Merion Township, PA -- The Bryn Mawr farmers market will stay in Lower Merion. For the last ten years, the immensely popular market has operated in Bryn Mawr. This week provisional approval was granted by the Lower Merion Board of commissioners to keep it through 2019.
Eric Persson, the economic development specialist for Lower Merion Township, told the board that the market is just completing its 10th year in Bryn Mawr. According to Persson 'Farm to City' is planning to hold weekly markets on the space through most of the year beginning in April and running through the year-end.
“Farm to City is a Philadelphia-based business whose mission is to unite communities, families, and farmers year-round through good locally grown food. Since 2000, we have been a leader in our region's local food movement”, according to the Farm to City website.
This year, the market consisted of 37 producers or growers. 24 of those attended weekly or biweekly. The others attended monthly or on a seasonal schedule.
The Township of Lower Merion is contracting with Farm to City to operate the market on Municipal Lot 7 on Lancaster Avenue in Bryn Mawr. An operating agreement has been struck, and the market will run Saturdays from approximately 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Time for setup, takedown and clean up each day is factored into the operating agreement. The township will collect a small fee based on the metered spots not being able to be used.
The agreement requires Farm to City to seek and find producers that have physical operations within 150 miles of the township, Growers meeting these criteria could be from as far as Albany, NY, CT, NJ DE MD, VA and almost to Bedford County PA towards Western Pennsylvania.
Contractually the Licensee must make every effort to recruit at least six Producers, including at least one or two vegetable growers and a fruit grower.
Further, the Licensee will work with the Township to determine any community interest in specialized producers, such as a flower grower, bread maker or a cheese maker,” according to the agreement. “Although Licensee will do its best to recruit Producers it cannot guarantee that it will secure commitments from them, or that, once recruited, all Producers will participate each Saturday.”
All products displayed at the market must be produced by the vendor who sells them or by a neighbor.”