Thornton Farmer’s Market

Thornton Farmer's Market
Entrance to the Thornton Farmer’s Market on Glen Mills Road.

It was towards the end of the season last year when I became deeply appreciative of the Thornton Farmer’s Market. It’s not because I realized what a habit it had become to share a great chicken barbecue with my son after a tennis match at Thornbury Park every Saturday,  or buying a freshly cut bouquet of homegrown flowers from Maxine, or knowing that the locally produced honey is helping everyone’s flowers and vegetables. It’s wasn’t the homemade baked and canned goods or the really cool jewelry. My appreciation stemmed from seeing friendly and familiar faces week after week. Not of just the vendors, but of my neighbors. We eat lunch under the canopy and kids learn about growing their own food or get to pet an alpaca. Collectively, we are all doing something to lower carbon footprints, eat healthier and help the environment. We are advancing our local connection, which can get lost in our busy lives of electronic devices and on-demand ordering of food and clothing. Everything slows down at the Farmer’s Market. At the Farmer’s Market we know where things come from and who makes them.

The commitment of the vendors who not only make the goods, but show up every Saturday, eager to serve in good weather and bad, is a testament to their dedication. They define one of the great aspects of our community and are a bright spot in my week. When the market closes for the season, its followers eagerly await the annual Holiday Market, which was an instant success several years ago, much to the credit of Donna Wetterlund, organizer of the Thornton Farmer’s Market and Holiday Market.

If there ever was a world disaster, these would be the people I’d like to be stranded with. They know what to do and how to do it. Each has their own gift, whether it is growing produce or making handmade soaps, clothing or dog treats. This is sustainable living at its best.

In my mind, Thornbury wouldn’t be Thornbury without the Thornton Farmer’s Market.

The Farmer’s Market opens on Saturday May 12th and continues most Saturdays through October and is located in the open field adjacent to Thornbury Park on Glen Mills Road. Hours are 10am-1pm,  so mark your calendars and check out the following small businesses:

Here is a complete list of the 2018 vendors:

  • Bob Yoder– Yoders Country Packages- Angus Beef, beef jerky, plants, veggies and eggs, Corn, hanging baskets and annuals, mums and pumpkins
  • Edie’s Sweet & Savory Pastries: pies, cookies, artisan bread, quiches and pot pies (opening up a shop in downtown West Chester)
  • Lisa of Yes, I Can– relishes, jams, jellies, pickles, BBQ sauce, batter breads, eggs
  • Roxanne of RockSands– pottery and jewelry
  • Maxine’s Flowers: fresh-cut flower arrangements, hand dyed linens
  • Rich of Heartstone Orchard: native plants, herbs, heirloom tomato plants, vegetable plants, perennials, orchard fruit, peppers and tomatoes
  • Van of The Artistic Garden: miniature succulent gardens, table top gardens, concrete garden ornaments
  • Carmen of Carmen B’s Honey: local raw honey in various sizes
  • Erin of EG’s Homesewn: custom aprons for children and adults, kids activity table
  • AJ of Cocky Gourmet Confections: nut and seed brittles and toffee
  • Thomas of Gladiolus Farm– veggies, flowering plants, corn, pumpkins
  • Pam of Trotter Hill Alpacas, Wool, yarn, felt, woolen products including shoe inserts, clutch purses, toys, Alpaca Petting Pen, spinning demos
  • Tim and Terry of Urban Essence Salon and Spa– handcrafted soaps, lotions, scrubs, home fragrance
  • Richard’s Puzzles-Handcrafted wooden puzzles for young and old
  • Nate’s Funky Photos–  Photographs of local scenes, postcards and luggage tags
  • Deb- Debbydos: Crystal Towers for gardens
  • Margie’s PawPaw Fruit: September ripe pawpaws
  • Eleanor’s Peonies: Cut peony stems, rootstock of award-winning peony varieties 
  • Phyllis of Phylydoll’s Cards: Greeting cards, Stationery sets and paper-crafted desk sets and gifts.
  • JB’s Afrikan: Tribal baskets, jewelry, totes, prepared food, assortment of produce, iced tea
  • Dan of Fireworks Mobile Woodfired Oven: woodfired pizzas, salads, beverages, cookies, vegetarian pita sandwiches prepared on site
  • Donna of Bruno Bits Dog Treats: handcrafted artisan style dog treats in gourmet flavors, dog shampoo and dog bone pillows
  • Naomi of Three Sisters Mac and Cheese: Southern Style baked macaroni and cheese.

Stay connected with the Thornton Farmer’s Market on their Facebook Page!

I hope to see you there!

 

 

Where to Donate Business Clothing and Accessories in Delaware County

Whether it’s a New Year’s clean out or right-sizing your business attire, if you are looking for a place to put your professional or other clothing and accessories to good use (as opposed to donating them to a thrift store), this article is for you! Some of these organizations are also looking for regular clothing for children, adults as well as other in-kind donations.

Many people I’ve worked with over the years prefer that their items go directly to someone who could use it as opposed to ending up in a resale shop. There are many organizations that provide gently used business attire and accessories to people entering the job market.  These organizations accept donations and give them to their clients FOR FREE.

Adult Clothing

Our Closet, Springfied, Pa.

Career Wardrobe.org

Project Home.org

Wings for Success

Clothes Mentor (Clothes Mentor pays you for saleable items, if accepted, and will donate unaccepted items to charity-you can decide whether to sell or donate)

Domestic Abuse ProjectDelaware County

City Team, Chester

Swarthmore Presbyterian Church

Williamson College of the Trades – Clothes Closet (men’s only– suits, ties, belts etc.)

Children’s Clothes

St. Agnes Day Room, West Chester, Pa.

Media Food and Clothing Bank, Media, Pa.

The longer you’ve lived in your home, it’s likely you have more items to go through than just clothes. You didn’t accumulate everything in a day and likely won’t get rid of it all in a day either.

Understandably, some people are not able to physically drive donations to the sites listed above. For that, Purple Heart and Salvation Army are still great options that go to good causes.

If you have a suggestion for additional organizations, please comment below or send me an email. Thank you!

 

Board of Supervisors Make Decision regarding Crebilly Farm

Westtown Supervisors unanimously voted to deny conditional use application for 300-400 homes on 300+ acres on Crebilly Farm in Westtown Township.

via Crebilly Farm Update 12/28/17

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