The History of the Market
The Bethlehem Farmers’ Market was an initiative of the Community Action Development Corporation of Bethlehem (CADC-B) twelve years ago to provide locally grown produce and fruits to residents of the City of Bethlehem. The market has been in two locations in South Bethlehem, the first being near the Banana Factory off of third street. After consideration of feedback by patrons (lack of parking, hard to walk in the dirt/gravel), the CADC sought out a new location.
For the 2006 market, Lehigh University offered the Campus Square area as a new location for the market with the hope of establishing a more accessible location for residents and local patrons and the market enjoyed a successful 2006 season and has since remained in Campus Square in South Bethlehem.
The 2014 market, will run Thursdays, 11-3pm, from May 1th to October 30th, 2014, and will provide a unique shopping opportunity, especially compared to what customers typically find at a grocery store. At the Bethlehem Farmers’ Market, customers can sample the foods, develop relationships with the vendors, learn about unique food varieties and cooking tips, and greet their neighbors. As a current member of the Buy Fresh, Buy Local organization, customers can be sure that they are getting quality local food at the Bethlehem Farmers’ Market!
Mission of the Market
The primary mission of the Bethlehem Farmers’ Market at Campus Square is to provide a safe and clean environment in which local farmers and vendors are able to sell their products to the members or the Bethlehem and greater Lehigh Valley Communities. In doing so, the Bethlehem Farmers’ Market also provides a space in which local Southside and Lehigh University community members can come together, and seeks to facilitate the interaction and integration of these two groups at a market that provides a unique shopping and lunch experience. Central to the market is the education of community members. The Bethlehem Farmers’ Market strives to highlight the importance of proper nutrition and inform our patrons of the economic and social benefits of buying locally, from producer-only vendors. The market aims to select vendors who offer products that both appeal to our customers and abide by the Buy Fresh, Buy Local guidelines of the Greater Lehigh Valley branch. The Bethlehem Farmers’ Market supports Lehigh University’s Campus Sustainability Plan and Master Plan.