EDINBORO – Goodell Gardens & Homestead has long been a place to support local farmers and food producers. This will still happen in 2019, but will happen in a different format. This year, the nonprofit organization is changing their approach to connecting consumers with food producers, not hosting their weekly Farmers Market, but instead during monthly Sunday Funday events.
The first Sunday Funday will be held Sunday, June 23 from 1 – 4 p.m. at Goodell Gardens & Homestead. The event is held during National Pollinator Week, and includes special programming to celebrate the important bees, butterflies, birds, bats, and other insects that help plants grow.
The event currently includes a beeswax demo with Stephanie Thauer of Raintree Farms, a beekeeping demo with Kirk Johnson of Lil Bit O Honey, a story time and activity with Erie County Library’s Edinboro Branch, a Sing-A-Long with Lori Burke at 2 p.m., a farmers market, a flea market, yard games and crafts for kids, and prepared food for purchase from The Chameleon and SorcErie Food Trucks.
The event, which offers free admission, is one of four monthly events – June through September – that will replace Goodell Gardens Farmers Market, which was held weekly in the past. According to Goodell Gardens Executive Director, the decision to make this change was the result of examining data.
“Unfortunately, low visitation and sales in 2018 – despite the fact that Goodell Gardens and the Erie County Health Department put more money into advertising our Farmers Market than ever before – resulted in us having some frustrated vendors at the end of the season. We were faced with a choice: make some changes or lose the vendors and have no market at all,” Wellington said. “We had a lot of feedback from customers that the day of the week was problematic, so we decided to try Sunday afternoons, which is when our very successful Homegrown Harvest Festival is held.”
Wellington added that the staff at Goodell has been working to develop programming and activities to help make Sunday Funday more appealing to everyone.
“If you loved our Farmers Market, we think you’ll really love Sunday Funday,” she said.
Sunday Funday will be held Sunday afternoons from 1 – 4 p.m. June 23, July 14, and Aug. 4. The Homegrown Harvest Festival will be held on Sunday, Sept. 22 from 12 – 5 p.m.
Goodell Gardens is located at 221 Waterford Street (Route 6N), in Edinboro. For more information, visit www.goodellgardens.org.