Wednesday, May 14, 2014

COAL REGION CONNECTIONS: In the Coal Region, Wednesday Is Not Hump Day, It's Auction Day

We would like to welcome a guest blogger for the following post.  The following was written by Mark Marek from Coal Region Connections.


The Hometown Farmers Market has been a coal region fixture for over 50 years...a family-run business owned & operated by the Dunn family. It's proof "mom & pop" businesses can survive & flourish in the coal region during the best of times & worst of times.

This 12 acre facility with lots of free parking is open every Wednesday year-round from 8am-8pm. It attracts between 6,000-10,000 people & between 300-400 vendors daily during the peak season. They do special craft shows in the spring & fall. You name it & they probably have it at the Hometown Farmers Market--fresh produce, meats, poultry, home-baked goods, new & used collectibles--the list is endless. It's a wonderful place for people to go & socialize on a Wednesday--especially area senior citizens.

The Hometown Farmers Market also provides a major economic boost to other local businesses. After a day of shopping & strolling, many visit places like Skipper Dippers for a Leiby's ice cream cone or the Beacon, 2 Kings, Or Basile's for lunch or supper. My visits to the Hometown Farmers Market years ago was not complete without a stop at Vitale's Country House across the street to enjoy some of Lou & Eleanor Vitale's excellent Italian cuisine (boy--I also have great "after the ballgame" Vitale's memories too) What do YOU enjoy or remember the most about the Hometown Farmers Market? Please COMMENT below. 1 final question to "old timers": why do folks refer to the Hometown Farmers Market as "the Hometown Auction". It's been a farmers market for decades, but people still call it "the auction".


We'd like to thank Mark for letting us post this and recommend you head on over to his Facebook Page Coal Region Connections and give his page a like.