Penn Street Market Welcomes Alvernia as Vendor
READING --- Alvernia University students are getting a hands-on education on what it takes to grow and market vegetables at the Penn Street Market this year. The university’s farm is called Bog Turtle Creek Farm and is located near Mohnton.
“Bog Turtle Creek Farm is a program designed to make healthy, fresh produce available to families in the City of Reading,” according to Jay W. Worrall, director of the Holleran Center for Community Engagement. “The farm is a student-led response to food deserts and the effects of a lack of healthy, affordable food options on low-income families in our community.”
Penn Street Market Brings Local Food to City
READING --- Local food is in season at farm markets in Berks County, including the outdoor Penn Street Market located in the 800 Block of Penn Street in Reading. Red tomatoes, green string beans and sweet peppers, blueberries and red raspberries, and many more colorful and delicious fruits and vegetables abound at the inner-city farmers market. Shoppers can still get a canvas shopping bag with a minimum $5 purchase of produce or honey at the Penn Street Market, courtesy of the Berks Agricultural Resource Network which sponsors the market
“We are excited to have more vendors in 2014, and have experienced more customers coming out to buy local,” commented Sheila Miller, Berks Agricultural Coordinator. “Farmer vendors are bringing the seasons freshest fruits and vegetables, along with frozen pastured poultry, pork and beef.”