August brings both the bounty of Franklin County’s fresh produce and the “dog days” of summer. Penn National Farmers’ Market welcomes special guest, Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter (CVAS), to their Dog Days event on August 25 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Visitors may bring their leashed dogs to the Market.
Market vendors provide the bounty of local in-season produce such as sweet white peaches and fresh picked sweet corn, melons, cantaloupes, tomatoes and cucumbers. Unique vendors offer artisan breads, hormone/anti-biotic free meats, organic produce and locally made cheeses.
“Our Market is a great neighborhood gathering place and provides a good resource for community group outreach,” said Patrice Nitterhouse, manager of Market.
CVAS continues to raise funds to complete a new shelter under construction on Letterkenny Road. It is designed to accommodate twice as many animals as the current one on Country Road with state-of-the-art features for animal shelters.
“Since CVAS relies to such a great extent on the generosity of the public, we always love to participate in events like the [the Market's] Dog Days,” said Nancy Gardner, Executive Director of the Shelter. The Shelter will bring some adoptable dogs looking for “forever families,” Gardner added.
Donations of items such as dog and cat food, cat litter and cleaning supplies will be accepted at the Market as well as monetary contributions for operating costs or completing the new facility. A complete list of items needed is on their Web site www.cvas-pets.org/donations.html.
Dog Days special guests include Dog Scout Troop of America #161, holding organized contests for dogs and owners with the $2 entry fee donated to CVAS, and Kindly Canine therapy dogs.
“We like providing the value-added events that bring new customers to our farm market vendors,” said Nitterhouse.
Past events such as Community Day and National Farm Market Week brought neighbors out to learn about community groups and meet State Senator Rich Alloway. A “Preparing for Winter” event is scheduled for September 22. The Market web site lists all event information at www.pennfarmersmarket.weebly.com.
“The [Market hours] work well with my schedule,” said Market regular, Jess Lanier. “I’m really happy with the amount of vendors that actually have produce. I’ve made this market my main source of fresh produce. I don’t go into town for Saturday’s market.”
The Penn National Farmers’ Market 2011 season is Thursdays through September 29, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. The Market is located at the Penn National Golf Center, Route 997 and Orchard Drive in Fayetteville.