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Bethlehem Farmers’ Market at Campus Square Back for the 2013 Season!

OPENS MAY 16, 2013

New offerings include a third produce vendor, lunch items, and rotating specialty vendor spot

Beginning May 16, the Bethlehem Farmers’ Market at Campus Square will be back at Lehigh University to offer fresh produce, lunch items, baked goods, and more to local residents. Running for its 11th year in a row, the Bethlehem Farmers’ Market will be open each Thursday from May 16 through October 31, 11am to 3pm at Campus Square, located at New & Morton Streets in South Bethlehem.

This year will feature 14 vendors, located all around the Square. There will be 3 produce vendors at the market this year; Bechdolt’s Orchards and Lettuce Alone are returning with Heritage Farm/CSA making its debut. For lunch, there are a couple of new choices including Tomblers Home Bakery (English-style pasties) and Hellertown Deli & Pita, with returning vendors The Island Taste, Wrap’d Tight, and M&B Farview farm, who in addition to their lunch sandwiches, also sell packaged meats, cheeses, eggs, milk, and poultry.

Bakers this year include returning vendors Back Door Bakeshop, Quetzal Bakery, Sweet Love Cupcakes, and Tasty Pastry. The Popcorn Pit and A Natural Alternative (homemade soaps and toiletries) are back as well. The Bethlehem Farmers’ Market is also hoping to introduce a rotating, specialty vendor space in June, which would be a nice complement to the vendors already participating. There is room for a vendor who offers mushrooms, cheese, loaves of bread, spreads, honey, syrup, and fresh-cut flowers. Vendor applications are available on Campus Square’s website.

Every other Thursday will feature a musical performance at Campus Square, to enhance the shopping and dining experience. Past favorites include Billy Bauer, Dave Fry, Brittany Ann, Elena Gambino, and Scott McKenna, with new appearances by Mike Halliday, Karen & Amy Jones, and “Not for Coltrane.”

The market provides a unique shopping opportunity; it is the perfect location for the Southside Bethlehem and Lehigh communities to come together to shop and dine in the square. Additionally, this market supports local farmers and businesses within the Lehigh Valley. Shoppers are able to develop relationships with these neighborhood vendors, sample products, and learn about all the unique food varieties that the market has to offer. Some vendors accept EBT and FMNP vouchers. There are metered parking spaces available in the Campus Square parking garage and along Morton and 4th streets. For more information, please visit www.campussquare.net or www.facebook.com/campussquare.