A new place for local food, drink and merchandise is coming soon to Lehigh County.
The Slatington Farmers Market, an indoor market, food destination and event space, will open at 9 a.m. Friday, June 17 at 8281 Route 873 in Washington Township, according to an announcement on the market’s Facebook page.
The 28,000-square-foot market, occupying a renovated space that once housed the Keystone lamp factory, is attached to the seven-year-old Slatington Marketplace, which specializes in antiques, collectables and vintage merchandise.
Plans for the Farmer’s Market, with a wide array of vendors selling barbecue, ramen, coffee and more, were unveiled over a year ago.
“This moment has been a long time coming,” the ad reads. “The past 2 years have brought one unforeseen challenge after another. But throughout it all, we have remained focused on our one goal: to bring a whole new shopping and dining experience to the community of Slatington and the Lehigh Valley.
The market will feature more than 50 stalls selling farm-fresh produce, prepared foods and handmade goods from local growers, artisans and specialty food producers. There will be fast and casual dining options as well as 4,000 square feet of event space.
Some of the vendors listed in the most recent market announcement include Breinigsville’s Produce Patch, Slatetale Discount Provisions (food, household and health products), Japanese restaurant concept Takkii Ramen, True Blue Mediterranean Express, Uncle Jay’s BBQ, a vendor cafe and an arcade.
A bar, a cellar and a distillery will also be present.
“The list of people we have to thank for helping us get to this point is as long as a CVS receipt, so we’ll save this post for a later date,” the announcement continues. “But we are very grateful for the continued support (and patience) we have received from you and the Slatington community.”
The Farmer’s Market, near the D&L Trail, will follow in the footsteps of other Lehigh Valley public markets that have opened in recent years, including Easton Public Market, Downtown Allentown Market, and Trolley Public Market. Barn in Quakertown.
A few of the vendors at Slatington Farmers Market, including Takkii Ramen, True Blue Mediterranean Express and Doan Distillery (announced last year), also have outposts at the Trolley Barn.
“What started as an idea of having a warehouse space with a few stalls has turned into something even better, and we can’t wait for you to see it,” said Marketplace Partner Chris White, in an online video. “We’re really going to have something for everyone. We’re talking a full bar, distillery, arcade, new market vendors, and loads of amazing food options – pizzas, burgers, waffles, pancakes, Mediterranean, ramen, deli meats, and pastries.
White and fellow market partners Joshua Karoly and JP Karoly have been active in ensuring the site supports local businesses and farmers, according to Kylie Adams-Weiss, assistant vice president of affiliated chambers for the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Lehigh Valley.
“From our first conversations, Chris [White] expressed interest in making sure it was not just a strong business, but a strong business that supported the local economy,” Weis said in a press release last year. “The Chamber is here to help make those connections, and it’s great to see how active Chris and his partners have been in really trying to connect and elevate existing businesses to ensure our community thrives. “
The Slatington Farmers Market will operate Friday through Sunday, opening at 9 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 10 a.m. on Sundays. Each supplier will set their own hours.
To stay up to date with the latest market developments, follow the market’s social media pages, facebook.com/theslatingtonfarmersmarket and instagram.com/slatingtonfarmersmarket. Information: theslatingtonfarmersmarket.com.