It’s market time again! New vendors added this month

By on June 12, 2013

The Ephrata Whistle Stop Open Air Market will take off selling from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 15 with a variety of new vendors added since opening day.

The name of this vendor will be familiar to several Ephrata locals. Susan Ann’s Kitchen will debut at the Ephrata market this Saturday supplying her homemade family recipe of mustards, barbecue sauce and bacon dressing just to name a few of her specialty items. She also has available a great variety of recipes using her products that will come in handy for dinner ideas.

What goes best with tea or apples? Honey, of course. Walt’s Bees live locally and so do their bees. Walt’s Bees Pure Honey is unpasteurized to retain all of its natural benefits; this will be a stand not to miss.

Need something sweet to take home to have with that cup of tea and honey? Grandmom Shrom’s Sandtarts will melt in your mouth. Sandtarts in the old tradition? Yes, but with a bit of a twist. Updated with designs and a generous four-inch round shape, locals can now enjoy this treat all-year-round. The light, buttery crispness of Grandmom Shrom’s sandtarts will take everyone back to their childhood and family kitchen at holiday time.

Garden Patch will have a variety of market favorites such as jams, jellies, canned items, homemade noodles and their famous fried pies. What is a fried pie? Stop by and see.

Also making their market debut will be Abendessen bread, with stuffed cookies, bread, and, yes, bagels. It’s been a long time without fresh bagels in downtown Ephrata.

Naturally Grounded will offer iced and hot coffee and smoothies, and, for lunch, Violeta Food Stand will have everyone’s favorite hotdogs (New York style, chili, cheese), grilled cheese and little ones (eastern European sausages).

Need some items for the home or yard? The craft vendors have items for every taste and budget. Josiah’s Oils LLC have organic body products and new products like herbal household cleaner, organic veggie wash, foaming baby bath, hemp oil soap, Organic Insect Away or maybe dishwasher detergent with essential oils drops.

New this month will be Iron & Scents with handmade wrought iron candle holders and the Candles & Schlegelmich Crafts, with a variety of wooden decorations for inside and out and their special "Damn It Dolls."

Need to be entertained? Mister Nobody Special, from Art of Recycle, will be there creating balloon art and keeping the kids mesmerized with his creations. The Historic Red Caboose will also be open for free tours. Find out more about the history of the railroad in Ephrata at the caboose .

For the parents and big kids, there is Ephrata local musician Pat Charlie Hatt performing from noon-1 p.m. Hatt plays a blend of classic country/folk music. He will be performing both originals and covers June 15. Check demos out at

Not enough to do? Stop by and visit all of the downtown stores for the rest of your shopping needs. Stop by the Visitors Center/ Ephrata Area Chamber Office for information on what to do and where to go in Ephrata and Lancaster County. Say hello to the Ephrata Merchants Association at the Hospitality Booth and pick up information on upcoming downtown Ephrata events or just let them know how you are enjoying the market.

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