Bethlehem Farmer’s Market – Brown and White
The Bethlehem Farmer’s Market takes place in Farrington Square every Thursday from April 29 to November 18, allowing students and area residents to support small businesses selling local produce.
Now in its 14th season, the market has started as an initiative by the Community Action Development Corporation of Bethlehem to provide residents with access to fresh, locally grown produce, according to the Farmers’ Market website.
Open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Thursday, a variety of vendors are present each week, allowing students and residents to purchase a range of products.
Peanut Butter ‘N’ More, is a market vendor run by Joe C (sometimes known as Crazy Joe), who requested that his last name not be included in the article. It sells over 20 flavors of freshly made peanut butter in addition to almond butter and local honey.
“You go to a grocery store and look down the ice cream aisle and they have all kinds of different flavors there, and I looked at some of them and thought if they could make some ice cream, they could definitely make peanut butter, ”says Joe.
Roasted honey and s’mores are the most popular flavors, Joe said. He also said the honey is a popular item and is supplied by a honey company in Easton, PA.
Another vendor in the market is Raspberry Ridge Creamery, which sells sheep’s milk cheese.
Although this is Raspberry Ridge’s first year at the Bethlehem Farmers Market, they have had no complaints so far, employee Jenna Lubliner said.
“We have one farm, two flocks, 30 flock sheep, we also train sheepdogs and 30 milkmaids,” Lubliner said. “We’ve been working on changing the genetics for the last five years to make it a creamier, more protein-rich cheese, so that’s the result of the last five years and it’s really great.”
Lubliner said sheep’s milk cheese is similar to cow’s milk cheese, but is sweeter and richer in zinc and other vitamins. She said the Manchego variety is the creamery’s flagship product. It is not aged as much as other cheeses, which allows it to retain a fresh taste.
Although Peanut Butter ‘N’ More and Raspberry Ridge also frequent other nearby farmers’ markets, Joe said he shared a special relationship with the Bethlehem Market as Lehigh’s students helped him rethink his logo.
The new Peanut Butter ‘N’ More emblem was created by students at Lehigh who love Joe’s products. He said that about six months ago a group of Lehigh college students contacted him with some emblem ideas and that he loved the suggestion from “Crazy Joe’s,” which now marks all of his butters with. nuts.
Due to COVID-19, some of the vendors at the Bethlehem Farmer’s Market were not present last year, including Peanut Butter ‘N’ More, but many of them have returned this year.
Jennifer Cocchiere, 24, said the farmers market provided her and her friends with a social opportunity.
“I only went to the farmer’s market once last year, but I’ve been there three or four times this year,” Cocchiere said.