From Memorial Day Weekend at the Market. Posted by Antietam Valley Farmers’ & Artists’ Market on 5/28/2016 (18 items)

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Thanks to the local authors who joined us at the December 19th market:

George M. Meiser IX and Gloria Meiser, everyone’s favorite Berks County historians, will be on hand with their newest “The Passing Scene – Volume 23.” It celebrates the history of the Reading-Berks area from the 1850s to present day by featuring never before seen views of the Indiandale Boy Scout camp, Berks’ only round house, Pine Forge of yesteryear and extensive views of 1940s Penn Street. A limited number of “The Passing Scene – Volume 23” will be published, so take this opportunity to purchase their latest volume, have it autographed and chat with George and Gloria. (Authors accept cash or check as payment.)

Elizabeth Clark will be selling her very funny book, “Lessons from the Hoghouse: A Woman’s Guide to Following Her Country Dream in a World of Manure, Metal Men, and Groundhog Hunters.” While many of us dream of a house in the county, Liz – who resides in Bernville – lives the life of a gentlewoman with the addition of a few resident ghosts and a menagerie of very willful animals. Read Liz’s story of turning a run-down farm into a little corner of paradise which will have you laughing with every page you turn. Liz has received 5 stars on Amazon. (Author accepts cash as payment.)

Charles J. Adams III, Berks County’s beloved story teller, will be joining us too! Charlie will be selling a variety of books on ghosts, shipwrecks, and train wrecks, plus vintage books featuring views of Reading and Berks County, all at discount prices just in time for the holidays. Stop by and check out the Divining Rods that Charlie makes and uses in his paranormal investigations, also for sale. (Author accepts cash or check as payment.)

Corrie Crupi, Lower Alsace’s own historian and township secretary, will be on hand for you to pre-order her book, “Footprints on the Mountain, an illustrated history of the Pagoda, the Tower, the Gravity Railroad & Skyline Drive.” Estimated print date for the book is early next year. Corrie was awarded the 2011 Hiester Manuscript Award by the Historical Society of Berks County for her “Carsonia Park from the Bottom: A Historical Vignette.”

Mickey Getty is an award winning author, writing coach, speaker and photographer. Mickey will have both her books, “The Junk Lottery” and her newest book, “Soot,” which is written through the eyes of Bridie O-Doyle, the young daughter of a poor coal miner in the anthracite coal fields of Eastern Pennsylvania. The story mirrors the struggle faced by real-life women in nineteenth-century coal towns while weaving history, romance, madness, murder, and delves into a long-standing historical mystery of the violent death of Franklin Gowen. It is a page turner that you won’t be able to put down and has received 5 stars on Amazon! (Author accepts cash as payment.)

Craig H. Bennett’s background includes stints as a musician, an on-camera and voice-over performer, as well as a teacher of English. Craig is interested in classical music, literature, travel (especially Western Europe), maverick archaeology, and the eternal questions that have stumped philosophers for ages. Using hiking as the backdrop, “Nights on the Mountain” is a spiritual journey for the main character’s examination of creativity, consumerism, consciousness, and personal values. (Author accepts cash as payment.)

Paul A. Druzba grew up in East Reading and spent many a day playing in Pendora Park. Sometimes called the little sister of Carsonia Park, Pendora opened as an amusement park on about 13 acres in 1907. Paul revisits his childhood and the glory days of the park in a new book, “Pendora: Forgotten Trolley Park of Reading.” He will also have the new, updated edition of his first book, “Neversink: Reading’s Other Mountain” and a small assortment of Reading and Berks County postcards for sale which would make great gifts for the collector on your holiday list. (Author accepts credit cards, cash or check as payment.)

Janice M. Chappie has many fond memories of the Antietam Pool while growing up in St. Lawrence. For all the little people on your shopping list, Janice will provide a wide array of children’s books she has authored such as “Hokey Pokey Caterpillar,” “Sophie’s Magic Sand Castle,” “The Turtle and the Elephant,” “Elwood the Hapless Woodpecker” and “There Once Was a Knight Who Did Not Like To Fight.” All the profits from Janice’s books go to her son’s memorial grant at Penn State University called the Damon M. Chappie Memorial Award in Investigative Journalism. Don’t forget the youngest people on your list. There is nothing better to give than the gift of reading! (Author accepts cash as payment.)

Nettie Price, an artist from Reading was a former math and science teacher in the Prison and Youth Detention when she started painting her students as quirky cats and dogs to make her smile. Soon she realized it made others smile too and there began the story of Nettie Price Sparkling Art. Nettie left teaching in 2012 to focus on her growing business full time. Currently her artwork and gift items can be found in unique locations throughout the US and abroad and we are delighted to announce she will be joining us at market to sell her Color Me Books, calendars, 8×10 sparkling prints and Xmas Cards. She accepts charge, cash and check.


Take a listen to the July 16 spot on Albright College Radio. Our market and AVCP were featured along with a great bit from vendor Toland Farm’s Trisha Hessinger! Starts at the 9:40 mark. Thanks to Mika Gery from Albright for arranging the interview.

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Two young alpacas from Almosta Ranch Alpacas will be visiting the market this Saturday, July 4th (weather permitting), and are excited to meet new people! Both one-year-old females, Hope (short for Never Give Up Hope) and Gremlin (because of the cute creature-like noises she sometimes makes), will be visiting the market this Saturday and are excited to meet new people.

Be sure to stop by Almosta Ranch Alpaca & Fiber Farm’s booth at the Antietam Farmers Market to say hello to the girls. And remember to bring your cameras for prime picture opportunities!

Please note, we have dogs at home and we love meeting your dogs at the market, but the alpacas are scared of dogs. We ask that you refrain from allowing your pups to come up to the alpacas. Thanks!


We proudly celebrated the Grand Opening of our Farmers’ Market on Saturday, June 27. The market opened at 8 am with our usual phenomenal variety of vendors offering a multitude of products – this week under cover of the recreation center building due to the rainy weather.

The rain did nothing to scare away crowds, however, with approximately 450 people attending and joining in festivities.

From 10-12, we enjoyed the music of Dave Cullen as he played for the crowd, and as a special market treat, pig roast was provided by Moyer’s Catering.

We welcomed Senator Judy Schwank and Chad Schlanger of Representative Mark Rozzi’s office as they joined in cutting our floral garland, officially beginning our market season. Each presented a citation honoring the market.

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