We anticipated that the number of people who shopped at the market would grow each year, but the numbers have actually stayed the same since we opened in 2011. Without that growth over time, our Farmers MarketCommittee very reluctantly made the decision to close our market, and to recommend that our customers shop at the Phoenixville Market, which is only six miles away. Many of our Collegeville vendors also sell there. The Phoenixville Market is open from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday and opensMay 2nd; their website is HERE
We anticipate that some of our vendors will continue to participate in twice a month pre-order and pick-up markets, such as Bendybrook Farm, and we will update our website so that you know how to find your favorite vendors at their businesses or at other markets.
Our heartfelt thanks first to our customers–thanks to every person who took the time to stop by our market and support our vendors. You are kind, caring people and we greatly enjoyed having you visit us!
Next, many many thanks to our wonderful vendors, who each were exceptional and so much fun. Every market with you generated so much laughter!
Also, our heartfelt thanks to our core group of market volunteers, many who helped us out every week: Bev Altemous and her adorable grandchildren, Bill Zerillo, our oldest volunteer at 94, Kathy Newkirk, Mehdi and Lori Entezeri, Randy Bennett, Russ Henze, Sue and Paul Stevens, Sue Calvin, and Professor Rich Wallace and family. And thanks to the many, many others who volunteered periodically.
Thanks as well to each of our very talented market entertainers who provided live music every week.
And our special thanks to DaVinci’s Pub, who provided us with a wonderful space in their parking lot for free and went out of their way to help us, along with the Power House who let us use their parking lot for customer parking. We can’t thank you enough, as well as Vince Raffeo who provided the first space for our market.
And of course, thanks to the Collegeville Economic Development Corp. (CEDC) for sponsoring us and to Executive Director Rachael Morrison for all the times she served as our indomitable chef for our food events!
In closing, the door isn’t closed on re-opening our market. But we would only open it if we were confident that we could attract a minimum of 500 customers per market and grow.
My deepest personal thanks to each of you,