With COVID-19 regulations making social events near impossible, activities worth doing are hard to come by. However, Penn State’s return of the downtown farmers market is the perfect way to get outside and in the fall spirit at college. Trade your game day pom-poms for reusable grocery bags because this week, we are supporting local businesses while maintaining social distance.
The Downtown State College Farmers Market takes place every Friday from 11:30 to 5:30 on Locust Lane which is located between Abba Java Coffee House and Faith United Church of Christ. Only lasting for a couple of weeks into the fall season, now is the perfect time to take a stroll downtown and see what the vendors have to offer.
While getting outside during 60 degree and sunny weather is reason enough to check out the market with friends, the vendors have a varying array of items that are sure to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. Downtown State College’s website features all of the attending stands including Deb’s Flower Farm, Gemelli’s Bakers, Harner’s Farm and Mosner’s Garden Produce. Stands include freshly grown fruits such as crisp autumn apples and seasonal squash vegetables.
For our readers with a sweet tooth, there is also a wide range of baked goods that feature fresh bread and desserts. No matter what your taste preference, there are sure to be ingredients that will inspire fall recipes to try throughout the week. Fresh flowers and plants are a great way to transform any room into a brighter place during the school week, and we can thank the farmers market for having us covered in that department. For anybody with a green thumb, there are aesthetic plants and flower arrangements that litter Locust Lane you can choose from.
Even though the farmers market is an experience that will bring you and whoever you are with a fun time and yummy treats, you will be pleased to know that shopping local is one of the best ways to support those around you during this trying time. Vendors at the market are all from farms and shops in the surrounding area, and any profit they receive from the market helps their business tremendously.
If you are looking for a way to get out of your house while exploring downtown State College, the farmers market is worth checking out—especially since you can maintain safe distancing all while supporting small businesses!