Saturday, July 6 is the opening day for the Moscow Artisans and Farmers Market at its new location at the Moscow Train Station on Market Street. Hours of operation are noon until 3 p.m., and parking is available at the train station or a short walk away in the new parking area along Main Street.
The Artisans and Farmers Market is sponsored by the North Pocono Cultural Society (NPCS).
Judith Youshock, a board member of the NPCS, said, "Frank Goryl, president of the NPCS, opened the Moscow Clayworks and had some good ideas about bringing more cultural activities to the North Pocono community.
"There was a call-out to artists and residents interested in cultural activities. We brainstormed ideas of how to reach the community and the Artisans and Farmers Market was one of the projects we took on."
The NPCS also supports Mondays in Moscow musical programs, is involved in the Moscow National Night Out program, created the Russian Christmas project, and presents scholarship awards to North Pocono students who study music, visual arts, or performing arts after high school.
The change of location for this year's market heralds a new relationship with the Steamtown National Historical Site in Scranton.
"The past two years the NPCS has organized the event and maintained it each week at the Penn Security parking lot in Moscow," said Youshock.
She continued, "This year we contacted Steamtown about moving the event to the Moscow train Station. We also worked with the group that manages the train station and they will be working with us to manage the event. They will charge a $10 fee per vendor and the funds will help them maintain the station."
The vendor fee should be offset by an increase in the number of visitors to the market as a result of Steamtown rail excursions.
Youshock explained, "The Steamtown excursion train will arrive at 12:30 p.m. with up to 300 passengers and will leave at 1:30 p.m."
Visitors to the Artisans and Farmers Market can expect a variety of vegetable and produce vendors, artists and artisans selling their wares, and entertainment.
"In the past we have had farm produce and plants, painters, potters, jewelry makers, flower arrangers, fresh herbs and lotions, wine makers, cheese makers, sculptors, writers and musicians," said Youshock.
"Our numbers varied from five to 20 vendors, but at this new location and with the benefit of the train visitors, we believe the vendors will do well and our numbers will grow."
She added, "We plan to continue presenting local musicians and pony rides for young children."
Vendors must provide their own tables or stands for their products. Interested vendors, farmers, and artisans may contact Judith Youshock at 842-4133 to make arrangements.
The Artisans and Farmers Market will run from noon until 3 p.m. each Saturday from July 6 through October, weather permitting.