'Scavengers' give boost to City Farmers Market

A hunt for special pumpkins to qualify for prizes introduced visitors to vendors at the weekly market.

A hunt for special pumpkins to qualify for prizes introduced visitors to vendors at the weekly market.

November 11, 2002|BY SCOTT BUTKI

Vendors said more people than usual were at the City Farmers Market on Saturday, with some participating in an annual scavenger hunt.

Scavengers had to try to find six pumpkins with a picture attached to them, events coordinator Susie Savagni said. The pumpkins were scattered throughout the market at vendors' booths.

Last year shoppers hunted for scarecrows, Savagni said.

Savagni said the purpose of the scavenger hunt is twofold - to draw people who have not been to the Farmers Market before and to get those who come just for a particular vendor or two to check out all of the vendors.


The 40 to 45 vendors at Farmers Market sold everything from potato candy and herbal remedies to Christmas cards and cat toys.

Savagni and vendors said October, November and December are usually the busiest months of the year for the vendors and the market as people buy holiday presents and prepare for winter.

Vendors and customers said they liked the scavenger hunt.

"I think it's a good thing," said Debbie French, owner of Deb's Delights.

While there were more people at the event, that did not necessarily translate into increased sales, she said.

Margaret Cronauer, owner and manager of Basket Celebrations, said the number of shoppers was up Saturday but sales were about average. Overall, sales at her business at the market are about average for the 10 years she has sold her wares there, she said.

Brooke Latta of Hagerstown said she comes to the market about once a month. She made sure to attend Saturday so she could participate in the scavenger hunt.

Latta was one of 10 people who found all six pumpkins, Savagni said. Four of the 10 will receive prizes.

Ruth and Rick Miller of Hagerstown said they come to the market every few weeks and eat breakfast there. They also like to get food from the meat market, they said.

The City Farmers Market, at the corner of West Church Street and Market Place, operates year-round from 5 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

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