Community joins forces for Artisan & Farmer’s Market

caterer_distributors_195578This summer, California United Methodist Church, California University of Pennsylvania and the Borough of California will join forces to establish the California Artisan and Farmer’s Market, to be located on Third Street in California near Cal U.

The market will open Wednesday, June 15 and run through October 19. Market dates are: 6/15, 7/20, 8/17, 9/17 & 10/19. Hours are 2-6 p.m. Once a month, a variety of vendors will offer fresh produce, face painting, jewelry, flea market finds, arts & crafts, antiques, and more. Live entertainment is planned and a different food vending truck will be on site each week.

“We are working with local vendors to offer fresh vegetables and fruit, crafts, music, and a few surprises for the summer,” said B.T. Gilligan, senior pastor at California United Methodist Church.

Others involved with the project include Trevor Gentry, who is handling the farmer’s market, and Diane Hasbrouck, Director of Volunteer Progress and Service learning at Cal U, who is in charge of planning entertainment for each week’s event.

Gentry has previous experience working with non-profits and volunteering with the local food bank, and felt there was potential to breathe new life into California by establishing a weekly farmer’s market for the area.

“I started talking to people and a friend of mine loved the idea. I presented the idea to the city council and they loved the idea,’ said Gentry. “This [is] a way to bridge the gaps between the University and the Borough and bring the community together.”

The market is open to the public and is intended to be a place for the community to gather and socialize while shopping for needed items.

“Everyone has been supportive and behind us all the way. We want this to be an avenue for people to get to know each other and event for families and everyone to get together,” said Gentry.

For more information about this summer’s Artisan & Farmers Market, contact Trevor Gentry by email at or by phone at 724-206-6286 and/or Diane Hasbrouck at or by phone at 724-938-4794.

Story by Aaron Dalzell for Pennsylvania Bridges