Mercyhurst collaborates with neighbors on second Farmer’s Market

The East Side Farmer’s Market, a cooperative venture between Mercyhurst College and the Southeast Hills Neighborhood Watch group, begins its second year of operation at E. 38th and Pine on Saturday, July 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and continues on successive Saturdays through Oct. 30.

Bob Merski, who manages the outdoor market, said the college-community collaboration met with such success last year that organizers elected to expand the market this summer. Eight vendors have already confirmed their participation, including Mercyhurst, which will again sell fruits and vegetables from its west county organic garden. Tim Boucher is managing the garden operation.

Merski said he is hoping to engage local performers to entertain and artists to display their works on site, while also offering ancillary services like a mobile mammogram unit and bookmobile.

“I want people to linger more and to build a sense of community,” said Merski, who has been assisted by Mercyhurst faculty Dr. Chris Magoc and Dr. Michael Campbell in establishing the market.

Anyone wishing to volunteer should call Merski at 825-7392.
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