Happy Birthday to Us!

UMFM Planning Committee members and market volunteers celebrate the market's 6th season of operation.

UMFM Planning Committee members and market volunteers celebrate the market’s 6th season of operation. Photo credit: Copper Lantern Pictures.

On May 30th, we celebrated the start of our sixth season of operation. The celebration included birthday cake that was cut and distributed by Erika Spott and Kelly Meneeley, the two originators of the Upper Merion Farmers Market and its first market managers. The celebration also included a gift to our patrons in the form of a UMFM Loyalty Card. Each week patrons can bring any market purchase to the UMFM Information Booth for a card punch. Ten punches earn the patron a prize from the market’s prize basket which contains sample items from our vendors, as well as market t-shirts, bags, magnets and more.

The market began in January of 2009. Spott and Meneeley started the UMFM by bringing together a group of 10 volunteers who were committed to serving the Upper Merion community through small business development and access to local, sustainable food choices. As a planning committee, the group raised money, found interested vendors, secured a market location, and began to spread the news about King of Prussia’s first farmers market. Four short months later, the UMFM opened for its first season in May 2009.

Today, many of those same volunteers continue to be active on the UMFM Planning Committee. Those original volunteers include Erika Spott, Eric Huhn, Tina Garzillo, Alice and George Koresko, Dawn Francis, Carole Kenney, and Lydia Dan Sardiñas, the current UMFM Market Manager. The planning committee has now grown to include new members as well, including Kristine Goodwin, Lauren Dare, and Maria Mengel. Several other dedicated individuals donate their time each Saturday to ensure the successful operation of the market.

The market has grown in operation from a dozen vendors at the start to more than twenty vendors today. Livengood Family Farm, Spring Creek Farms, and Peachbottom Farm/Wakefield Dairy were three original producers who remain with us in our sixth season. We also have local growers and producers of fresh flowers, speciality baked goods, honey, wine, pasta and spreads, meats, soaps, foods for special diets, and more.

All of us who volunteer our time to run the market amidst our daily full-time jobs are grateful for the community’s patronage and grateful for our vendors and volunteers who are like family to us. Thank you for being an essential part of the UM Farmers Market! As we celebrate our birthday this year, we also celebrate you for being with us as loyal customers and friends.

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