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Bath market plans changes for 2022

Bath Farmers Market leaders are on the cusp of reinventing the market for the 2022 season.

A number of successive positive farmers market seasons is not keeping Bath leaders from re-evaluating their seasonal efforts. Currently, the market is held 3-6 p.m. Fridays at Keystone Park during the selling season.

The 2022 edition will see a change in venue to the borough’s Monocacy Park and will be held 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, according to Carol Bear-Heckman, one of the leaders and a Bath Borough Council member.

The market’s board reluctantly accepted the resignation of Sarah Fulton. Fulton served as a leader of the market for the last six years.

Bear-Heckman said she will miss Fulton on the market’s board.

Fulton said she is grateful for her time with the market.

Karla Buckwalter, who operates Sheepish Sempervivum Creations and a vendor at the market, was tapped as the 2022 farmers market manager. Another market vendor, Joanna Haring, owner of Mystic World Creations, will fill the assistant manager position on the market’s board of directors.

Bear-Heckman noted the 2021 Bath Farmers Market was a success. The 2022 changes are an effort to increase both shopping attendance and the number of farmers selling vegetables and fruits at the market.

Historically, attracting farmers who specialize in chicken, beef and lamb has not been a problem for the market. It has been a struggle getting strong commitments from local vegetable farmers.

There has been a trend in farmers selling produce directly from their farms to customers, thus passing on farmers market opportunities.

The new management team hopes to add more produce to the 2022 market.

As is the tradition on its final day, market leaders offered free hot dogs to those in attendance. The final day of the 2021 season was Sept. 24.

PRESS PHOTOS BY BILL LEINER JR. Sarah Fulton, middle, retiring Bath farmers market leader, joins Joanna Haring, left, and Karla Buckwalter, the 2022 farmers market assistant manager and manager, respectively, during the final day of the 2021 season, held Sept. 24.
John George, founder of Five Saints Distilling, marks the last day of the farmers market with Carol Bear-Heckman, farmers market leader and borough council member.