November 16, 2011 —
The Honesdale Farmers’ Market is so popular that its organizers agreed to continue during the winter. In order to get out of the cold, it will move to a new space that is still in development called the Cooperage on Main Street.
The building at 1030 Main Street used to be a cooperage where barrels were manufactured in olden days; thus the name, The Cooperage, is being preserved.
The building will be officially opened next spring. Meanwhile, it will provide enough protection—without many creature comforts—for farmers who are generally familiar with roughing it.
Farmer Brandon Flynn of the Green Pastures Farm in Starrucca, PA will sell chickens, chicken parts, eggs, cheese from the Calkins Creamery and pasture-raised beef for burgers.
“We’ll have some produce like lettuce, potatoes, cabbage, carrots and storage crops,” Flynn said. “It should last till about February or March.”
Like some few farmers, Flynn has a greenhouse for use during the winter. “The greenhouse has to be well built so it won’t be too expensive to heat,” he said.
Farmer Roger Hill of Bethany, PA has a good crop of rutabagas, alfalfa sprouts, micro greens, kale, mustard greens and beet greens.
“It’s a good time to start winter sales and begin to plan for next year as we experiment with what customers want and what we can grow,” he said. “The market in Callicoon, which was held in the Delaware Community Center, sold well last winter.
When the Cooperage becomes more developed, they will have a certified kitchen.
Monique Milleson and her husband, Eusebius “Skye” Ballentine of Ant Hill Farms, will sell potatoes, sweet potatoes, leeks, garlic, arugula, spinach and greens from their greenhouse.
“My partner, Loren Valle, and I will do some catering out of the kitchen when it is finished,” Milleson said.
Why the name Ant Hill Farm? “We wanted to be different, so we hit on that name since we were all as energized and industrious and collective as ants.”