On Saturday, May 23rd, 8am-1pm at Courthouse Square in Stroudsburg, Monroe Farmers Market will be celebrating Spring and all things that grow with their first annual May Fair. There will be exciting activities for everyone:
The main event, the “Know Your Farmer” live hosted Q&A event at 9:30am will allow customers to learn about, and ask questions from, farmers about how food is grown. Topics to be discussed will also include seasonality, the current growing outlook and climate, and more.
For area gardeners, an organic gardening presentation by Penn State Master Gardener Julianne Duick will be held at 10:30. The presentation is an overview, making it suitable for beginners as well as all experience levels of gardeners.
Activities such as the “Know Your Farmer” event and organic gardening presentation are part of an ongoing effort by Monroe Farmers Market to include more educational opportunities for customers.
“Decades of government subsidies and industrial farming practices have gotten our population used to ‘cheap’ food, but at the expense of our health, our environment, and animal welfare,” says Brian Bruno, Vice President of Monroe Farmers Market. “There has been a major food movement going on in our country the last several years and people are questioning how their food is produced more than ever, but there still exists a big disconnect between what it costs to produce food the right way and how consumers value that food. There’s also a lot of confusion about all the different ways that food can be produced leaving consumers wondering what they should be buying. What better way to bridge that gap and clear up some of those questions than a conversation between farmers and consumers.”
Other activities throughout the morning will include children’s sunflower plantings, face painting, balloon animals, live music, and of course lots of fresh, seasonal produce and ready-to-eat food. Fresh prepared food will be available from the chefs at The Shawnee Inn, Mikuna Kitchen, and Café Duet.
Street 2 Feet Outreach Center, an organization serving the local homeless population, is holding a sneaker drive in connection with the event. Attendees are asked to bring used or new sneakers of all sizes, for both male and female clients.
Special guests for the day include MudWorks Pottery, Spreading Joy Gourmet Sweets, the Stroudsburg Borough Bicentennial committee, Middle Smithfield Elementary PTO, the Red Ball Express military vehicles in honor of Memorial Day, and other area artists and crafters. For those interested in gardening, agriculture, and eating locally and sustainably, the event promises to be fun and informative. For a complete listing of guests, activities and event times, visit monroefarmersmarket.com