Summertime Tradition: Wilkes-Barre Farmers Market on Public Square

WILKES-BARRE -- People are flocking to Wilkes-Barre's Public Square for the first farmers market of the season.

People are taking advantage of the beautiful weather outside for the first day of the farmers market of the year.

New this year, you can head over to the farmers market on Public Square twice in the week. It will be open every Thursday as it has in the past and now every Monday, too, with a focus on healthy living.

You can't beat some of the delicious fresh fruits and vegetables being sold here and grown locally, with all sorts of other products like some yummy honey and jelly.

Bettyanne Smith has been counting down the days until she could get her hands on some northeast Pennsylvania produce at the first day of the farmers' market in Wilkes-Barre.

"I couldn't wait to buy yummy fruits and vegetables. I want them all, I want them all! I'm going for carrots, red beets, we bought strawberries," Smith said.

Satisfied customers say you can't beat the delicious fresh fruits and vegetables grown locally and sold on Public Square.

And for farmers, this is the perfect way to get people to put more money back into the area economy.

Farmers say this is the perfect way to get people to eat clean and put more money back into the local economy.

"I'm super-excited about it because it keeps me busy. It keeps the farm busy. We're super productive.  We're trying to grow and keep the community happy with all the fresh fruits and vegetables," said Ian Roberts of Purple Pepper Farms.

Starting July 10, you can head to the farmers' market on Public Square twice a week. It will be open every Thursday as it has in the past, and every Monday, too, with a focus on healthy living.

"We're doing really good here so everything here is homegrown and tastes really good and everyone here is loving it," said Roberts.

And new this year, there are some free milkshakes to get more exposure for dairy farmers and get milk into the diets of some less fortunate kids.

"In the summer months, it's particularly helpful when you have a lot of needy children that aren't in school and aren't receiving the milk in schools or the meals, so we're thrilled to be here today. You were in charge of the weather and it's a nice day and a nice way to kick off 'Fill A Glass With Hope,'" said Gene Brady, Weinberg Food Bank.

The farmers' market on Public Square runs through the fall.