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New Malvern Farmers Market Begins in Spring 2013

About 25 growers and vendors will set up shop in Burke Park on Saturdays.

Malvern Borough will have a new, weekly farmers market in Burke Park starting Saturday, May 4, 2013. 

The Malvern Farmers Market will be held Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Burke Park. It will feature about 25 farmers and food artisans in its first year, some of whom will appear on a rotating basis. 

"It will start as a producers-only market," co-manager Lisa O'Neill said. "There will definitely be a meat vendor in there, farm fresh eggs, local cheeses, local bakeries."

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What about cupcakes, dog treats and other less typical items for sale?

"The, what I call, value-added products will be there, but we'll introduce them to the market after we get a solid farmers market up and going," she said.

O'Neill, who currently runs the East Goshen Farmers Market with co-manager Donna Levitski, presented the plan for a Malvern market at the Sept. 18 Borough Council meeting. She credits Borough manager Sandy Kelley with helping her see the potential in Malvern.

The news about the new farmers market comes on the heels of anannouncement that Kimberton Whole Foods will open an organic food store on East King Street in 2013. O'Neill said the market and the organic grocer can "complement each other nicely."

In an email, O'Neill said the market will boost the local economy:

Malvern is the perfect community for a farmers market - a walking town, with plenty of parking on a weekend morning, and just the perfect distance from existing Saturday markets. We think this will benefit the entire Malvern community - every Saturday shoppers will head to Malvern for the market - while they're in Malvern they can visit with all of the other Malvern merchants - giving local businesses a big weekend boost - everybody wins.

Many farmers markets have popped up in and around Malvern in recent years, but few have demonstrated staying power. The fate of the East Goshen Farmers Market for 2013 is in the hands of township officials, and two other nearby farmers markets—Great Valley and Rushton Farm—did not return in 2012.

See also:

Video: Flash Mob Dances to 'Thriller' at Farmers Market Thursday (Sept. 8)

East Goshen Farmers Market Returns Thursday (May 3, 2012)

Great Valley Farmers Market Won't Return in 2012 (Dec. 23, 2011)

Susan September 26, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Another great option. The local news here just keeps getting better. Welcome, Farmer's market!
Jessica September 26, 2012 at 06:58 PM
This is wonderful!! More amazing things coming to Malvern. I am one of many that are excited about this and other things to come!
Katherine Reesor October 27, 2012 at 02:41 PM
I have a hard time understanding why someone would start a new market so close to an existing one at the exact same time. If these markets are about supporting local farmers and food artisans then let's support them rather than put them in direct competition with one another. Stay loyal to west Chester folks! I am a farmer and love participating in farmers markets, but hate the very odd politics of control that have developed with some local market management. East goshen is the perfect example. I wish the vendors luck, but have to say I disagree with the decision to start a Saturday market in Malvern.
Regina DiLabbio Klugh King January 20, 2013 at 02:31 AM
Gotta feed all the new folks in those 200 new residences in the Eastside Flats, Katherine! Things will have to be nearby and walkable because traffic in the land of stopsigns, one-horse town (now minus a few hitching posts) will be gummed up ad nauseum on that little stretch of cow path they call King Street! They should have named the new digs "Hotel California" because you will be able to check out any time you like, but you (will be unable to) leave!! I, by the way, am the born and bred Village Idiot, the voice that's been crying in the (what once was) wilderness for 66 years. Did you know Malvern once was known for its fabulous fruit orchard from Warren to Griffith, Monument and King, in its early years? Progress isn't new to ye olde borough. See you at the new Artisans' Market in West Chester some time soon! At least I can get easy access and a parking space there!
K in Philly May 01, 2013 at 06:34 PM
as someone who lives in Berwyn, I'm glad of it - going all the way to West Chester isn't an option most Saturdays, so maybe they'll get a lot of my neighbors from the Paoli / Berwyn area??

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