Benton Farmers' Market
by Robert Antanitis
(Benton PA USA)
Having fun at the market!
The Benton Farmers' Market opened in June 2008 in the old Sutliff barn, under the guidance of Deb Antanitis. Deb's goal was to preserve this local landmark while creating something positive for the community.
2009 OPENING FRI MAY 22
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
Market goal: Support local foods, farms and businesses
Provide fresh, local food to area residents and visitors
Increase opportunities and profitability for local farmers, market gardeners and producers of farm products
Provide education about agriculture and locally produced foods
From farm to farmers' market: Dating back to the 1800's the market barn was used as a farm building by the late Alvin Sutliff. In the early 60s, Deb's father, Miles Little, purchased the barn. He reinforced its floors and posts so it could be used to store lumber, doors and other materials for his business, the Little Lumber Company. The company operated in Benton from 1941-2001.
Antique farm equipment: In addition to food and other goods sold inside the market, you'll find many antique implements from the 19th and 20th Century that tell the farming history of our area.
The implements include grain and cream separators, sheep shearing machine, harvesting tools, etc. There are over a hundred on display for you to look at and puzzle over as you walk through the market.
Farmers' markets are engaging for kids - no matter the species, no matter the age:-)
Stop by www.bentonfarmersmarket.com to learn more about local growers & producers
We have meats, milk, cider, cheeses, fruits, vegetables, baked goods, PLUS flowers, fiber goods, jewelry, local gift ideas and more. See vendors for the full list on our webpage.
Rte 487 & Green Acres Road
Benton, Pennsylvania 17814