BERWYN – Interest in the Berwyn Township Farmers Market has been bringing out the crowds on Sundays.
More than 400 customers came to market June 1 at Lesak Park on the corner of East Avenue and 26th Street for the inaugural event, sponsored by Berwyn Township, the Berwyn Public Health Department and MacNeal Hospital.
The market is held from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month through October and includes locally grown produce, plants, flowers, artisanal cheese, bread, honey, vinegar, sauces and much more. The market also features local vendors selling handcrafted items.
As for its first run, Township Supervisor David Avilla said the proof in the pudding. Four of the 22 vendors sold out, he said, among them two baked goods vendors, a cheese vendor and a Berwyn fireman selling his own brand of spaghetti sauce.
Avila said he hasn't heard many suggestions from customers, other than they would like to see a wider variety of produce, which will happen, Avila said.
"It was a bad winter, but we're expecting a lot more produce to come," Avila said. "As for the vendors, they love it, they want to keep coming back. We're now at the point where we have to start talking about expanding, maybe holding it two times a month."
The Farmers Market Committee is made up of six Berwyn residents and meets weekly to discuss and assess the market. Committee members have been meeting since January, Avila said.
Each market day has a theme. On June 1, the theme was fitness and nutrition, and classes for both subjects were held throughout the day. The North Berwyn Park District sponsored a Kidz Korner.
On Sunday, Jamming in July featured local musicians throughout the day.
The theme for Aug. 3 is predictably, Back to School, and will feature the Berwyn Fire and Police departments with McGruff, along with a program from Brookfield Zoo.
Market visitors will Get to Know Your Park Districts when Sept. 7 rolls around and on Oct. 5, the Fall into Season theme will feature do-it-yourself projects, thus wrapping up the Farmer's Market season for 2014.
More information is available at www.Berwyntownshipfarmersmarket.org.