Wilkes-Barre Farmer’s Market Opens

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WILKES-BARRE -- Farmers laid out their crops for all to enjoy, from fresh broccoli to beans and lettuce.

Folks packed Wilkes-Barre's Public Square for the first farmer's market of the 2012 season, as the aromas of the food stands wafted over to the vegetable tables.

Sheri O'Malia served plenty of customers. Her family's farm stand from Plains Township needed a good day. It's their first time at Public Square since last year's flood, which sent 20 feet of water over their crops, ruining the fall harvest.

"We`re very happy to be back. We got flooded out in September. It`s a short season so we have been looking forward to coming back and hopefully this will be a better year," said O'Malia.

Shirley Estus from Hunlock Creek left O'Malia's stand with bags of fresh beets, cabbage, and broccoli.

"Just because they are here now and the rest of the summer I`ll be here often. We need them and they need us to be able to purchase products so they can be here because I know the flood devastated them," said Estus.

One of the added attractions at the farmer`s market are live musical acts. One thing missing is the Wilkes-Barre bandshell that was destroyed last week in Forty Fort, but as the old saying goes, the show must go on.

"It`s a great place. It`s right in the center of town. All the different stands there`s a great variety. All the music just adds and we have a beautiful day here today," said Tiff Kimmel from Zimmerman's Farms, who helped sell the vegetables they grow in Schuylkill County.

The Wilkes-Barre Farmer's Market continues every Thursday through the fall.