Momentum Magazine May 2019 Edition - Page 5

A Neighborhoo d Staple South Side Farmers Market seeks to unite community Imagine a place where you can buy fresh, locally-grown produce and organic products year-round right here in Lackawanna County. That vision is a reality in Scranton’s South Side. For nearly 10 years, United Neighborhood Centers (UNC) of Northeastern Pennsylvania has run the South Side Farmers Market. The year-round marketplace will move to its outside location at the corner of Cedar Avenue and Alder Street on Saturday, May 18, for the duration of the spring and summer. The market is housed at 509 Cedar Avenue during fall and winter months. “We created the South Side Farmers Market in 2010 as a part of our work to revitalize the South Scranton neighborhood,” said Chrissy Manuel, UNC’s Revitalization Manager. “The market seeks to address a lack of access to fresh, affordable food by accepting SNAP benefi ts. Recipients of SNAP can purchase their produce at the market and get dollar-for-dollar matched, up to $20 in additional vouchers to be used on produce.” The Market offers locally-grown produce, as well as eggs, meat, canned goods, and baked goods. It also rotates in seasonal “pop-up” vendors to include candy and chocolates, home and body products, wine, and art, among other items. “We are always looking to expand the goods and services we provide to the community,” Manuel said. “We want to ensure that the needs of the neighborhood are met, while supporting healthy living initiatives, the local agriculture community, and our economy.” According to Manuel, the market’s annual revenue is estimated at $250,000. Vendors range from 12 - 14 during the indoor market months and can expand to up to 20 during the outdoor season. “Our overall goal at UNC is to work together with our neighbors to provide services and create opportunities that empower individuals to build strong, interdependent communities,” Manuel said. “We want to be a leader in building a strong community right here in Scranton.” The South Side Farmers Market is funded by Peoples Security Bank, PNC Bank, and PPL Electric Utilities, through a Neighborhood Partnership Program Grant, and by Wells Fargo Regional Foundation. SOUTH SIDE FARMERS MARKET will move outdoors to the corner of Cedar and Alder in Scranton for its 10th season on May 18th, 2019. Stop by the South Side Farmers Market every Saturday from 10 AM to 2 PM. • 5