WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – It’s no secret this year’s growing season was the worst in recent memory for farmers in northeastern and central Pennsylvania. Yet, the last day of the Wilkes-Barre Farmers’ Market produced plenty of appreciation. Eyewitness News Reporter Mark Hiller explains why.
A dark and threatening sky over Public Square on Thursday seemed to depict the difficult 2018 growing season which farmers had to endure like Harold Golomb, the co-owner of Golomb’s Farm & Greenhouse. “We experienced some flooding.”
But out of his water-logged fields, Mr. Golomb managed to harvest such crops as onions, carrots and kale which he was intent on selling for the final day of the Wilkes-Barre Farmers’ Market. Why? “It’s for the customers, really,” he said. Customers like Angel Mathis of Wilkes-Barre. “I’d rather support the farmers than to go to the grocery store first.”
Ms. Mathis came shopping for collard greens which she’ll prepare for Thanksgiving Day. She not only found some, but also saved some money by taking them off Golomb’s hands. So how thankful is she? “Very. My pockets are very thankful.”
Mr. Golomb, in turn, is thankful for loyalty. “So many customers were very supportive of us. They know the struggles we went through.”
Despite flooding rains on the Golomb farm, he’s thankful it wasn’t worse. “After seeing the devastation in California with the fires, you know thankful that we didn’t have any issues with flooding in the structure of the house over the summer.”
He’s also thankful for the things many of us tend to take for granted. “Just for all of the blessing I’ve had over the past year.” And thankful for something for which there’s just no substitute. “Just being able to gather with family. Most important.”
Harvesting real gratitude for what no crop could ever yield. Mr. Golomb says he’s already ordering the seeds and plans to return next year to the Wilkes-Barre Farmers’ Market.