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Williamsburg's Trail Town Market

 

August 1, 2019

Natalie Gorsuch

Harry Mullins of Williamsburg bought baked goods from Tammy Biddle Saturday at the Trail Town Market. Mullins said, "The Trail Town Market is the best of both worlds for Williamsburg. It's a great way to connect with craftspeople who have unique talents that we may not know about in Williamsburg and we get to get farm-fresh produce, as well." Biddle is hoping to open a bakery soon in Woodbury Township.

Handcrafted items, delicious baked goods, farm fresh produce – all in Williamsburg?

Yes, it can be found on Saturdays at the Trail Town Market.

Following the departure of the grocery store, other Williamsburg stores have stepped up and made more groceries available to the residents of our town. However, the ideas to have those farm-fresh items seemed to diminish over the past few years. Enter the brainchild of the Crossroad and its extensive family. Over the past year, Williamsburg has taken a liking to the idea of creating a town centered around one of its treasures – Rails to Trails. Residents of Williamsburg took a trip to Confluence, Pa., and looked at what that town has done with just having their trail in their town – they've increased business, helped be the catalyst for many small businesses in the town and have increased tourism drastically.

One of the ideas the Crossroad had from coming back from Confluence was the idea of a farmer's market.

Crossroad representative Lizzy Isenberg explained, "We wanted an opportunity for small businesses or those seeking to become a business to show off and sell their goods and products."

Isenberg adds that "it also provides the community and those passing by on the trail an opportunity to experience and purchase unique items right here in town."

At first, the idea was implemented as just a farmer's market, but recently organizers have opened up participation to anyone who has homemade, homegrown and hand-crafted items.

One of the regular vendors at the Trail Town Market is Terri Lear of Nature's Cocktail Arts. Lear, a supporter of Rails to Trails, is a talented artist and most of her paintings sold at the market are from Rails to Trails scenes.

Natalie Gorsuch

Terri Lear of Nature's Cocktail Arts displayed her many Rails-to-Trails inspired paintings last Saturday at Williamsburg's Trail Town Market.

Lear said this is a "great way to connect with residents of Williamsburg as well as supporters of the Trail."

Lear's paintings all have Rails to Trails written on them and a portion of her profits goes toward the Trail.

For many residents, this is a welcome notion. Ashley Morgan said that she appreciates the fact that anyone can participate, such as the Wildflower Café from Huntingdon which is owned and operated by former Williamsburg residents.

Their scones are quite a hit, and the café will take pre-orders before Saturday.

Bonnie Hammond echoed that sentiment.

"I like it," she said. "I love the fresh produce."

David Shanholtz agreed.

"It's good for the community," he said.

The Trail Town Market can be found where Spring Street meets First Street in Williamsburg, on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. till 1 p.m.

 

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