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2009 Bethlehem Farmersí Market Grand Opening

The 2009 Bethlehem Farmersí Market, which supports local farms and businesses, will run from noon to 4 p.m. Thursdays at Campus Square.

For the eighth year in a row, the Bethlehem Farmersí Market will have goods available to Bethlehem residents at Campus Square. The market will run at the intersection of New and Morton Streets on Thursdays, June 18 through September 24, from noon to 4 p.m.

This year, the market will have many of its faithful vendors return, such as Suyundalla Farms, Bechdolt Orchard, and The Popcorn Pit, Tasty Pastry, and the Flour Shop Bakery. New vendors include the Back Door Bakery and Humdinger Alpacas. The market is still accepting vendor applications for cheeses, soaps, and prepared foods, but vendors must meet the Buy Fresh Buy Local standards available at campussquare.net.

Additionally, the Farmersí Market manager Christina Bianco has planned some special events and entertainment for patrons during the market hours. Bianco, a business and environmental studies grad student at Lehigh, will be at the market each day to help vendors set up and to assist customers.

The market provides a shopping opportunity that differs from what customers typically find at a grocery store. At the Bethlehem Farmersí Market, customers can sample the goods, develop relationships with the vendors, learn about unique food varieties and cooking tips, and greet their neighbors.

The market supports local farming and businesses in the Lehigh Valley and is part of the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agricultureís Buy Fresh Buy Local program.

Market information and vendor applications are available at www.campussquare.net.