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May 4, 2014

Farmer’s market seeks sellers for new season

NEW CASTLE — The New Castle Farmers Market is gearing up for its sixth season downtown.

Organizers are now accepting new vendors for this year, with the selling season to begin from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 12.

The market seeks to promote local growers and producers of vegetables and other items grown or made in the community.

Anyone interested in being a vendor is asked to attend a meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at The Confluence, 214 E. Washington St.

The market is looking for additional organic products, gluten-free products, honey, fruit, baked goods, pierogis, handmade pasta, artist/craft vendors and more. There is no set-up charge.

The market also is looking for musicians to perform occasionally during selling hours.

Potential vendors should be aware that, according to The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, foods that are processed in some way by the vendor require a license. These items include, but are not limited to, cured meats, baked goods, preserves, home-canned products, jams, jellies and cheeses.

Each vendor must comply with all the licensing and registration requirements. Information is available from Patrick McGuire, New Castle health officer, at (724) 656-3509 or from Tony Arvelo, regional food sanitarian of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, at (724) 443-1585.

Rules and regulations also are available on the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s website, www.agriculture.state.pa.us.

More information about the local farmers market is available by contacting Audrey Przybylski at (724) 654-7457 or the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce at (724) 654-5593.

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