Ephrata prepares for ‘Royal’ market
Once upon a time, in a not so faraway borough, there was a mid-size town, peaceful, prosperous, and rich in tradition. Inside that town is a royal plaza flowing with activity, including an Open Air Market.
The grand opening of the market is from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 17 at the Whistle Stop Plaza, downtown Ephrata. The market will be rolling out the red carpet for a visit from the princesses of Arendelle, Elsa and Anna, from the hit movie, Frozen. They will arrive at 10 a.m. for story time and a chance to meet and chat with the them. Along with the princess, the royal jester, Ephrata’s very own, Mr. Nobody Special, from Art of Recycle will be there creating magical balloon art accompanied by strolling musicians.
The market place will be fit for a king or queen and the royal children, abundant with over 20 local farmers, artisans and small businesses. Local farmer Frank Sensenig of Hilltop Greenhouses will be there with flowering treasures and vegetables. New to the market for 2014 will be Lancaster Organic Growers providing an array of organic produce, including kale, cilantro, Dandelion, Boc Choi and much more. Along the organic lines, Oak View Acres will host a mix of jams, jellies, applesauce and canned goods, but will also have non-organic choices.
Included in the many additions to the “royal market” is Allergy Free Creations offering a wide variety of gluten free pastries including oatmeal and raisin bread, whoopie pies and sticky buns- all gluten free! The market will offer gluten free, not just for the royal family members, but you can treat your pets like royalty at Beckhams Bones selling organic, grain free dog treats and pupcakes.
Among the many extra food vendors, Javatea Gourmet Coffee will be preparing smoothies, coffee, tea and baked goods, along with Emma’s Gourmet Popcorn & Esther’s Pretzel Wraps. Back by popular demand, returning favorites such as Intermezzo by Stephanie offering chocolate pretzels and treats, Susan Ann’s famous mustard and barbeque sauce, Groffdale Meadow Cheese, Violet’s Food Truck and Grandmom Shrom’s Sandtarts will have on hand special crown sandtarts for the prince and princesses.
Once you have eaten like a king, then you will want to be pampered like a queen. Salon Art-tiff will be at the market treating the court to free chair massages. You can look forward to taking that pampered feeling home after stopping by Moss Lane Soaps with scents ranging from Fudge Brownie to Woodsman. Sweet Sally Soaps will cleanse, nourish, scent and pamper your skin with organic lotions, potions and scrubs in unique blends.
Along with being treated like royalty, you will need to be drenched in jewels. BDazzle, TLU Designs and Suka Designs will keep you in bling envy with sterling silver wire wrapped jewelry, pendants, bracelets, hand crocheted scarves and Joyce Frymyer will be sharing her antique tatted lace pieces.
The market will complete the royal household with a ton of items to decorate your “castle.” Local small businesses such as Lisa Floral Designs will have fresh floral arrangements, wreaths and many other decorating options. Blue Deer Designs offers handmade upcycled gifts, Deliziare creates home décor wire work items, Fairy Moon uses the art of wood burning to create decorative gourd & reclaimed wood pieces and last, but not least, is ecoLeftz. New to the market this year, you will find handmade plush softies created with reclaimed, repurposed, and upcycled materials. These Eco friendly plushies are stuffed with clean recycled polyfil and are all unique.
And what type of kingdom would we be without a donkey? Do you know where the Burro of Ephrata is? Find out all about the Burro and how to win a prize at the Hospitality table at the market, along with information on upcoming Ephrata events. Do not forget to visit the Visitors Center and Historic Caboose.
Stop by and support the two local non profits, Avid Eaters, Appetite for a Cause. They are a nonprofit providing funds for local nonprofits through donors signing up for discount donorship cards to receive discounts at local eateries and directing percentages of their donorship to those nonprofits that they choose.
The High Five Patrol will also be there, high fiving their way around. The High Five Campaign, sponsored by the United Way, is a much needed funding initiative that will empower all kids under five with the confidence and skills for school success.
The Ephrata Merchants are proud to sponsor the market along with the Borough of Ephrata, Blue Ridge Communications, Beams Music, Ephrata National Bank, Salon Art-tiff, G&C Automotive and Expressions Limousine. You can find out about upcoming events at the Hospitality table at the market.
If you are interested in being a part of the market as a non profit, vendor or finding out about becoming a member of the Ephrata Merchants Association send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org or Stephanie Harley at 875-1945