WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — That same old Pennsylvania grown produce many crave each summer is back, again, on Wilkes-Barre Public Square. Many of the produce, food and craft vendors have been coming to the Wilkes-Barre Farmers’ Market for decades but for Manning’s Mobile, it’s their first. “It’s busy and business is going really well. It’s hot and I think everybody wants some ice cream,” said Julie Dougherty who served as a dipper at the ice cream truck.
Something else the crowd wanted were cupcakes. The Sweet Lush Cupcakery has your sweet tooth craving covered at the Farmers’ Market for a second year. “They look really good so I’m excited,” said teenager Lily Hebda of Forty Fort. Her friend, Gabby Razvillas added, “The icing is literally the best icing I’ve ever had. Sorry, mom.” Mike Sabia, the general manager of The Sweet Lush Cupcakery, said the sweet success of the first year brought him back again. “Any time you can be a part of something that’s such an ingrained part of the community it, it’s a really nice feeling.”
Also new is the increasing diversity among food vendors. Sammy’s Caribbean Grill which specializes in Jamaican food is back for a second year with something brand new. “The truck is new for sure. Yes, that’s for sure,” laughed restaurant operator Sam Jones. He believes his restaurant on wheels is a win-win. “It’s more convenient for the customers and myself, you know, because everything is in place and you don’t need to be running around doing in there.”
Something else new at the Farmers’ Market comes courtesy of Zimmerman Farms in Pitman. No, not them. They’ve been coming to the Market now for 35 years. It’s their peas — freshly picked less than 24 hours earlier. Ray Zimmerman is proud to participate. “You know you’re bringing something good for the people and they can buy it fresh off the farm.” When asked if that feeling ever gets old Mr. Zimmerman responded, “Not really. I mean it makes you feel good.”
The Wilkes-Barre Farmers’ Market is held on Public Square each Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through the Thursday before Thanksgiving.