All About Us!
Hours and Location
The North Atherton Farmers Market (NAFM) is held on Saturdays from 10am-2pm from May to November at the Home Depot Parking lot on North Atherton Street in State College, PA. The address for Home Depot is 2615 Greentech Drive, State College, PA 16803.
The NAFM is a producers-only market which requires that vendors sell only what they produce. In addition to the many small farmers that vend their products at the market, the NAFM is also proud to feature local bakeries, specialty food vendors and producers of farm-based products. The NAFM works in conjunction with the ideals and principles established by other markets in the area to provide the same market shopping experience on the North side of town. As the market grows in vendor membership and customer base, we expect to expand to be as much of a one stop shopping for local food items as a market can offer.
The Market Bell
It is important for customers to know that the market opens and closes with the ringing of Mothersbaugh's Market Bell. This is a signal that vendors can begin to make sales and to start to pack to head home. Beginning sales at the same time reduces competition among vendors and customer confusion and packing up at the same time ensures that all vendors will be present until the market closes (with occasional exceptions due to scheduling). It also keeps our market space safe by opening at the same time so that cars are not driving through the market space while vendors are setting up. You might find this article about the Market Bell helpful!
A Bit of History
For many years, some of the veteran market vendors in the Centre region were on a continual hunt for space on the North side of town to hold a farmers market. In 2010, with support from Patton Township (with special thanks to Ken Soder and Doug Erickson) and Home Depot (with special thanks to Eric Walker), the hunt finally ended. Home Depot stepped up to offer space in their parking lot for a market to be held. Shortly thereafter, interested vendors were convened and the North Atherton Farmers Market (NAFM) was established. Since the initial meetings, many vendors have joined and many still express interest in the market. With growing neighborhoods and families on the North side of town, with ample parking and with an ideal location at Home Depot with banks, restaurants and other shopping sites nearby, the Home Depot parking lot became the new home of the NAFM.