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Ephrata’s open air market will feature more than 20 vendors, international theme Saturday
The Ephrata Whistle Stop Open Air Market will offer an eclectic mix of more than 20 vendors selling their wares at the Downtown Ephrata Whistle Stop Plaza, Main Street, Ephrata, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 21.
Lovers of all things local and handcrafted will enjoy everything from fine soaps and body products to wood creations to fine jewelry and hand tatted art or up cycled soft plush toys. They will have baristas to bakers offering the best in breads, sweets, chocolates and gluten free; local farmers with baskets of organic produce, cheese, eggs and fruits; and homemade gourmet popcorn, meadow tea and root beer to wash it down. There will be breakfast and lunch options from food vendors and the many surrounding restaurants in downtown Ephrata. Several downtown stores will have sidewalk sales and special promotions. You will not leave hungry, thirsty or empty handed but maybe tired.
The June International theme will offer shoppers a glimpse into the culture of India with Joyful Canvas offering Henna tattoos and traditional and ancient Indian folk dance performances by the Indian Organization of Lancaster County. Slide on over to the other side of the continent and enjoy the sounds of Puerto Rico, Colombia, Venezuela and Argentina, all performed by Magdaliz and Her Latin Ensemble CRISOL. The Historic Ephrata Cloister will be on hand to acquaint visitors with the German Heritage that our community was founded. The Haitian Connection will also be sharing information about their programs to provide greater hope and opportunities to impoverished children and adults in Montrouis, Haiti, through education.
As part of the markets nonprofit outreach, Avid Eaters Movement will be teaming up with The Family Dairy Farms, LLC and their product White Gold Milk. The Dairy Princess of Lancaster will be on hand with free samples of the newest and best tasting Pa.produced milk. The Ephrata Pioner Fire Company will help take care of lunch or dinner with some of the best original barbecued chicken in Ephrata.
The market is the third Saturday from May until October from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. For updates and information on happenings at the market and Ephrata visit Ephrata Merchants on Facebook or ephratamerchants.com