Residents of Roxborough and Manayunk gathered at Tiny Terra Ferma in Manayunk on Wednesday evening to celebrate the launch of the Manayunk-Roxborough Food Co-op Initiative’s 2014 Farmers Market.
The annual farmers market held on Saturdays in Pretzel Park will kick off its season this Saturday, May 17.
As local band Aly Cat played, guests enjoyed a meal provided by a handful of the 2014 vendors including burgers from Philly Cow Share, salad by Pinelands Produce, and desserts by Lavinia’s Cookies, Makin’ Whoopie Kitchen, and Really Fresh Vegan.
The Manayunk-Roxborough Food Co-Op Initiative was established in 2012 out of the community’s desire for fresh, local food. While the members continue to work towards opening a brick-and-mortar store, the weekly farmers market serves as a way to maintain community presence and outreach.
As new and sustaining members gathered on Wednesday, all seemed hopeful for this year’s market and the prospect of a co-op in the close future.
“The launch party is a great way to celebrate the hard work all these people have put into making the market happen and gives the community a chance to meet the vendors,” said Alex DiFilippo, the market’s manager. “We’re excited to get the season started.”