Washington Co. Food Bank opens “Farmers Market for a Cause”

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Jeff Helsel

Morgan Livingston, agricultural innovation manager, "The Farm" vending booth featuring fresh produce grown at the Greater Washington County Food Bank.

Cal Times

The Greater Washington County Food Bank launched an outdoor farmers market this week with plans to host the market every Tuesday into the late fall.

“Farmers Market for a Cause,” located at 909 National Pike West,  includes the sale of produce grown on the food bank’s own farm.

The market will be open from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the front of the building under a canopy.

Other vendors at Tuesday’s inaugural event included:

“What’s to eat, Mama?” featuring homemade snacks, cookies, cupcakes and other goodies; Joppie Gyro, which also sold baklava, hummus and other Middle Eastern specialties; Redemption Farms, producers of pasture-raised chicken and pork; and the Washington County Master Gardeners selling produce.

Hydroponically-grown-on-the-premises basil and lettuce was also available.

Representatives from the Washington County Chapter of the Ladies’ Homesteading Group were also at the market.

The event is a fundraiser for the food bank as well as an opportunity to showcase healthier food in the neighborhood and promote local farmers, according to Jodi Gatts, food bank assistant executive director.

The food bank is also accepting donations of bulk non-perishable food, personal hygiene items and cash.

Morgan Livingston, agricultural innovation manager, The Farm, Greater Washington County Food Bank. (Jeff Helsel)
Fresh produce grown at the Greater Washington County Food Bank, Brownsville, Pa.
A family purchased sweet treats from “What’s to eat Mamma” vendor at the Wash. Co. Food Bank Farmer’s Market for a Cause, Aug. 4, 2020. (Jeff Helsel)
Representatives of the Ladies Homestead Gathering of Washington County, Pa. at the Food Bank Farmer’s Market, Aug. 4, 2020. (from left) Jodi Gatts, food bank assistant executive director, Kristen Louttit, president, Karen Hegedus, Tara Stottlemyer, and Jane Diethorn. (Jeff Helsel)
Magdi Radwan, Joppie Gyro, displays fresh made baklava for sale at the Greater Washington County Food Bank Farmers’ Market, Aug. 4, 2020. (Jeff Helsel)
Eggs and vegetables for sale at the Greater Washington County Food Bank Farmers’ Market, Aug. 4, 2020. (Jeff Helsel)
Tara Stottlemyer and DJ Shalvey of Redemption Farms are vendors at the Greater Washington County Food Bank Farmers’ Market, Aug. 4, 2020. (Jeff Helsel)
The Greater Washington County Food Bank Farmers Market, Aug. 4, 2020. (Jeff Helsel)
Magdi Radwan, chef, Joppie Gyro, sells to customers at the Greater Washington County Food Bank Farmers’ Market, Aug. 4, 2020. (Jeff Helsel)
The Greater Washington County Food Bank Farmers’ Market is a fundraising event that helps promote local farmers. (Jeff Helsel)