If you drive through Coudersport on a Friday afternoon, you might have noticed the Potter County farmer’s market set up across from the courthouse. A few stands are set up, but plenty of fresh produce is available.
The “official” last week for the farmers market was last week, but Laura Mangan said most of them will continue to informally set up on Fridays as long as the weather permits.
Mangan is the organizer of the farmers market, but wears that title loosely. She said it’s a pretty informal thing.
Mangan was at the market with Metzgers Farm, bringing multiple types of apples. Like other stands, what is there each week varies from week to week, but you can count on there being seasonal fruits and veggies to pick from.
The farm is a CSA farm, which means community supported agriculture. Mangan described it as “a magazine subscription for veggies.” The community pledges support to a farm and buys a share of the produce before the growing season starts. This way, the community gets a regular distribution of what the farm grows throughout the season. Mangan said it was very successful for them.
One of the other stands belongs to Alpaca Creations, run by Teresa Genaux and her husband, John.
Genaux makes yarns, rovings, socks, mittens, hats, bun hats, headbands and more out of alpaca wool. Her daughter, Robin Kuleck has an alpaca farm in Truman. There are 25 alpacas that they shear every Memorial Day weekend; the wool then comes to Genaux who sorts and grades it and turns it into handmade art.
Genaux is at the farmers market every week and keeps herself busy with other craft shows; she only has one free Saturday between now and Christmas.
Alpaca Creations is on Etsy at AlpacasCreationsknits and on Facebook.
Brenda Miles was at the farmers market representing Miles Farm Produce. What the produce stand carries varies depending what is in season. Last week, for example, they had different types of peppers and garlic, but previously in the season they had lots of berries. They also had fresh beef from the farm in coolers to be sold.
Brenda has been helping her son, Derrick Miles, who is the owner of the farm. He took a job out of town so he hasn’t been able to do too much with the farm, so Brenda and the rest of the family has been helping him out.
The farm accepts WIC checks and senior citizen checks.
Another stand that has been set up most Fridays is a produce stand from McKeone Farm. On Oct. 5, Tanner McKeone was running the stand, but he said his dad is usually there too. He is the one who grows everything.
Their main produce is mushrooms and they have a variety of homegrown mushrooms, like oyster and bear tooth, all depending on what is in season.
Located in Coudersport, these mushrooms are grown in gardens, a greenhouse and even in a mushroom barn.
A final stand at the market last week was Joanies Apiary, run by Joan and John Bradley. They bring local raw and lightly filtered honey and 100 percent bees wax candles. Located in Shinglehouse, they’re at the market most weeks, but also sell from their home, as they have honey year round.
Mangan said the farmers market always starts back up officially the Friday of Memorial Day weekend and are open 1-6 p.m. every Friday after that through October. Anyone interested in having a stand set up can either inquire in person or through their Facebook page, Potter County Farmers Market.