Jennifer Jones picked out a carton of farm-fresh eggs on Saturday at the Strasburg Farmers Market opening weekend.

STRASBURG—The Farmers Market returned to Strasburg Saturday morning, bringing free selections from the community garden as well as the first fruits of a bevy of local vendors’ efforts.

Vendors sprawled out on the lawn downtown in front of the Market Pavilion advertising heart-and-soul goods from eggs to cinnamon rolls.

Allyson Ponn, the Strasburg Farmers Market manager, said the market is a space to help connect local farmers, gardeners and vendors with the community.

“Most of these vendors are located in the immediate Strasburg area. It’s really to provide this sort of shop local community,” Ponn said. “It’s really trying to foster this environment for local goods and local vendors.”

Jennifer Jones was one of the vendors who set up shop on Saturday morning. As part owner of Eyring Farms, Jones brought a cooler full of eggs along with a selection of wildflowers. The beginning stages of what she said she hopes is a busy growing season.

“It’s beginning of the season and beginning of the season is always a little difficult,” Jones said. “As the season progresses, what I have is going to change.”

“Today, it’s great” she continued. “My philosophy is on the first day of the market if I sold a couple eggs and got some email addresses, it's a successful day.”

The tricky thing about getting fresh, seasonal foods, Ponn said, is timing. Lots of people came through the market Saturday morning looking for fresh produce but, Ponn said, the market season kicks off a little earlier than the first run of crops for a lot of local farmers.

“The biggest thing about summertime is everybody gets very excited about fresh produce,” Ponn said. “we’ve got a lot of garden and local farmer options … in a couple of weeks we’ll have that fresh produce you start craving in the summertime. “

For more information about being a vendor visit the Strasburg Farmers Market Facebook page or email Ponn at strasburgfarmersmarket@gmail.comS

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