Northeast: Farmers’ Market Preview Arrives in Mayfair

The preview of the Mayfair Farmers Market brought together local community businesses.
The preview of the Mayfair Farmers’ Market brought together local community businesses.

The 3500 block of Ryan Avenue was transformed into a small street fair Sunday during a preview of the Mayfair Farmers’ Market due to open in April 2013.

Although the market will not be open until next spring, the preview offered a taste of fall with pumpkins, apples and squash as the main produce for sale. Children waited patiently to get their face painted while adults stopped by the Grey Lodge Pub table to pick up a beer mimosa. Lil Dan’s Gourmet Lunchtruck Catering and White Dragon Philly stayed busy during the lunch hour as people picked through produce from Grateful Acre Farms and Stern Farms. Organizers estimate a total of 400 people attended the five-hour preview.

Joseph DeFelice, president of the Mayfair Civic Association, explained that organizers wanted to offer a mix of neighborhood businesses as well as regional goods that residents couldn’t necessarily find on Frankford Avenue.

Mia Hylan, the communications secretary of the civic association, was largely responsible for coordinating about a dozen vendors. “We had so many vendors sell out in an hour and a half,” Hylan said. “Wild Flour Bakery and Sinful Cupcakes were just decimated.”

Mia Hylan volunteered to paint the faces of children throughout the day.

The civic association worked alongside Councilman Bobby Henon to make the market a reality. Republic Bank, a member of the Mayfair Business Association, also stepped in as a corporate sponsor.

“We see this as not only highlighting many of the great businesses currently in Mayfair, but perhaps attracting some of these unique businesses to the Frankford Avenue Business Corridor,” said Mike Scotese, president of the Mayfair Business Association and the Grey Lodge’s owner.

An additional preview of the market will take place on Sunday, Oct. 14, followed by the grand opening in April. The market will be held every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. from April through October.

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