Farmers’ Market through a child’s eyes


WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – It’s that time of year so many of us look forward to when farmers markets open for the season. While most of us look to stock up on fresh produce, there are others who have an eye on something not grown on the farm. Eyewitness News Reporter Mark Hiller headed out with the young crowd for a look.

Opening day of the 45th annual Wilkes-Barre Farmer’s Market features a lot of what you’d expect — things like beans, apples and even flowers. “They have a lot of fruit and vegetables here. Do you like that?” Calen says, “Uh yeah, a little.”

That didn’t sound too convincing so I asked 7-year-old Calen O’Neil what he really likes. “They have lots of toys.” Fair enough.  So I had Calen take me to, from his perspective, the plum part of the farmer’s market on Public Square. He pointed out what catches his eye. “Hot wheels and sometimes they have action figures and that’s all. That’s all I like. That too. Two things.”

Calen is in good company when it comes to kid customers at Deb’s Selection. Kaiden Blaum just had to get his hands on what he calls a rare Pokemon card from the vendor. “It is Daigo and it is a legendary Pokemon,” said the boy.

Debbie Villano who runs Deb’s Selection expects a big crowd every year. “If I wasn’t here what would the kids really have? I mean they have the bounce house and stuff but it’s something for the kids. It’s something different besides, you know, just the fruits and vegetables.”

It’s not always material things that catches these kids’ attention. Sometimes they simply just want to satisfy their tastebuds. And there’s quite a variety for kids to enjoy. 9-years-old Jaylah Soler said, “I like when there’s stuff like ice cream and then the doughnuts and all that.” 9-year-old Stacey Delacruz added, “Probably the snow cones and the ice cream.” 

The bottom line is there’s something for everyone at the farmer’s market no matter your personal taste. “It has like everything that is really fun,” said Stacey. When asked if fruits and vegetables are fun, she said “Not really.”

July 26th is Children’s Day at the farmer’s market featuring child safety information. The Wilkes-Barre Farmer’s Market is held each Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Public Square through the week before Thanksgiving.

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