Lehighton's time for an outdoor farmers' market has come.
The new Lehighton Farmers' Market is open between Lehighton Drive and Stanley Hoffman Boulevard, (the bypass) every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
At the Lehighton Farmers' Market, customers can find the best local produce, fresh baked goods, and fresh squeezed lemonade and made on site American Kettle Corn. On the second week, there was also a pet supply vendor and flea market/antique vendor, along with information and T-shirts available for the upcoming Bike Night event. Bike Night will be held in the Lehighton Borough on Aug. 11.
There is also space available at the new farmers' market for additional crafters, flea market vendors and more.
This Saturday marks the third week of the farmers' market, which director Frank Potoczak hopes to see continue to grow with additional vendors.
"Our first week the produce vendors sold out," said Potoczak, who is the owner of Castle Grill Restaurant, an eatery on First Street, which offers fresh-made hamburgers and Polish delicacies.
Potoczak said that the proceeds from the vendors fees will be used to eventually put in pavilions along the bypass and plant trees, similar to the type of trees planted along First Street. He would also like to see a pumpkin patch this fall and events for Christmas along the bypass, including a lighted Christmas tree.
Potoczak said that the bypass is Lehighton's busiest thoroughfare. He said that the large amount of drive by traffic is helping bring lots of customers to the new Lehighton Farmers' Market.
"The first week they sold out the produce three times," said Potoczak.
The produce vendors were optimistic by the number of customers stopping by and everyone said they would be back this week because of the large amount of foot traffic to their stands.
"We've had a lot of tourists stop," said Potoczak. "They are driving by and see the stands. They love buying the fresh fruits and vegetables that are grown locally."
Denise and Nevin Frey, owners of Nev and Nise Produce, Inc., were happy with the foot traffic.
"We sold out the first week," said Denise Frey. "We are extremely happy and wish Lehighton Farmers' Market the best."
Kathy Henderson, whose stand offered American Kettle Corn, which is made on site, and fresh-squeezed lemonade, said, "Lehighton's time has come. It's our time. It's time for the community to move forward and create our future."
Potoczak said he asked Lehighton Council to allow the local farmers market because local farmers have no place to sell goods and saw the potential along Lehigh Drive, which runs parallel a short distance to Route 209. He noted that it is a very visible location with motorists passing through the town who could stop and patronize the local growers.
Lehighton Council supported his idea and said that it was something worth trying.
There is plenty of parking along Lehigh Drive to accommodate such a regularly scheduled event.
Potoczak said that he sees plenty of potential opportunities in town and hopes to replace a lighted welcoming sign at the north entrance to the borough.
Lehigh Drive extends from Maiden Lane to Bowmanstown along the Lehigh River. It is part of the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor.
Vendors who are interested in additional information should contact Potoczak at (484) 357-6549 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.