By Evan Brandt, The Mercury
POTTSTOWN >> Have a kick-butt chili recipe you like to show off?
Well if you register by April 30 you can test that kick-butt recipe against your neighbors’ in the first Chili Cook-Off that will mark the kick-off of Pottstown’s new downtown farmer’s market.
Called the Pottstown Farm Artisan Regional Market, or FARM for short, the downtown once-a-week market will open for the first time on Thursday, May 5, which is also Cinco De Mayo — hence the Chili cook-off.
The deadline for registering is Friday, April 30.
Chili masters will have to bring their chili in a crock pot with your name clearly marked on the bottom no later than 4:30 p.m. that day.
Judging will be from 5 to 7 p.m. and tasters will use tickets to mark their favorite chili in time for the winner to be announced at 7:30 p.m.
The market, which is being organized by a group of volunteers and sponsors, and is being spearheaded by the Pottstown Downtown Improvement District Authority, will be held every Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. from May 5 to Oct. 13.
“We have music planned for every week of the summer from May to October and we’re pleased that people are constantly calling us and saying ‘hey, we want to be a part of this,’” PDIDA Executive Director Sheila Dugan told borough council Monday night.
Special Pottstown FARM re-usable bags are also being sold for $7 to market the market, as well as reduce the use of plastic bags.
Vendors will be lined up along the north side of the 200 block of High Street.
So far, 11 vendors have signed up to participate in the market.
• Tine & Toil Farm — www.tineandtoilfarm.com — A family-run farm committed to providing the best organically grown fruits, vegetables, and eggs to our neighbors, friends, and customers.
• New-Bee Ranch — www.facebook.com/NewBeeRanch — vegetables / vegetable seedlings / plant seedlings / herb seedlings / eggs / honey / preserves / jams / pickles / relishes / flavored vinegars and oils.
• Jack’s Farm — www.jacksfarm.net — JACKS FARM was started from scratch and is operated by Dan and Deb Heckler. Family run, relatively small, commercial, USDA Certified Organic vegetable farm. Farming on their own 10-acre property for well over 10 years under USDA Certified Organic cultivation. USDA Certified Organic means no GMO products are used.
• Steer’s Vegetables — Vegetables grown from seeds / plants from seeds.
• Candle Krazy — www.candlekrazy.com — All-natural candles made of 100-percent certifiable kosher soy vegetable wax, from soybeans grown by American farmers. Cotton wicks, essential and high quality fragrance oils are used. All candle supplies are made in America. Tumblers are Anchor Hocking Glass, and containers that are made from recycled glass.
• M&M Creek Valley Farm — www.creekvalleyfarm.com — The owners of Creek Valley Farm are dedicated to providing their customers with only the freshest pork from happy and healthy pigs that live their lives as nature intended them to. Livestock only eat natural feed that is free of animal by-products and have access to all of the things that pigs could want … fresh air, tons of room to roam and forage, fresh water, clean, warm housing and love.
• Scentual Gardens Soaps — www.scentualgardens.com — Scentual Gardens offers natural handmade soaps. From “Nanny T’s Barnyard Soap” made from lard, water, and lye to “Naked Lady,” pure Castile soap is made from 100% saponified olive oil and nothing else.
• Freeland Market — www.freelandmarket.com — Freeland Market is owned by Collegeville’s Ben Moscia, Elise LeBoutillier and her son Joshua Davis. They sell fresh sausages and smoked meats, bacon, Pate’, and specialty items, including scrapple and charcuterie.
• Simply Real — www.simplyreal.net — A family owned and operated business operated in Pottstown offering all-natural, personal care products. Simply Real products are handmade in small batches using nature’s purest ingredients including herbal and botanical extracts with plant-based essential oils. Their all-natural handmade bath & body products include: sugar scrubs, deodorant, bath salts, lip balms, lotion bars, shea butter, hand sanitizer, and more. All products are made only with natural ingredients, no harsh chemicals or harmful synthetics.
• Green Lion Breads — www.greenlionbreads.com — Green Lion Breads is a micro-bakery located in Phoenixville. They are dedicated to sourcing local and regional whole grains that are organically grown. Their naturally leavened breads are hand crafted and made with stone ground flours resulting in full flavored and nutrient dense loaves.
• Truly Pure & Natural — www.trulypureandnatural.com — Hair and skin care products, handcrafted artisan soaps, glass water bottles, local raw creamed honey, raw snacks, and a host of other natural and eco-friendly products. Their products do not contain: dyes or artificial colors, fragrances or perfumes, parabens (methyl, propyl, ethyl, or butyl), sulfates, glycols, phosphates, or iodine,and are not tested on animals.
Vendor positions are still available.
Contact MarketInfo@PottstownFARM.org for details.