HOMER CITY — The farmers market in Homer City has gotten off to a slow start, according to Borough Manager Robert Nymick.
“We had three vendors,” he said at Tuesday’s borough council meeting, but he said he is expecting more this week.
Council member Christina Worcester said it’s possible that people did not know about the event, which is from 3 to 6 p.m. every Friday throughout the summer at Floodway Park.
Any items can be sold, including fresh produce, baked goods, candles and jellies. In addition, fundraising groups and those selling yard sale-type items are encouraged to set up a table at the event. There is no fee for having a table at the farmers market, and no liability insurance is required. Council members expressed concern that some people had heard that they needed liability insurance to be a vendor at the market.
“We urge everybody to attend; we’re not only helping the community, but we’re helping local farmers,” said council member Matt Black. “No insurance is necessary. Feel free to come and sell your product. We don’t charge any fees, no membership or anything like that, so come join the fun.”
The farmers market is a way for the community to come together, Black said.
“It helps the community and it helps them (the vendors),” he said.
Homer City Police Chief Louis Sacco reported that people have been using the Homer-Center Parks and Recreation pool after hours.
“If you’re caught in there after hours, you will be arrested for trespassing,” he said.
Sacco said police will be patrolling the area regularly.
In other business, council:
• Approved a subdivision of property owned by Richard L. Drennen. According to Nymick, 3.31 acres will remain with Drennen’s property on Church Street.
• Heard a report from Nymick that one more truck load of material than anticipated was needed for paving on Columbia Avenue. The final cost, however, was $10,000 lower than estimated.