Clarion, Pa.- Everyone enjoys freshly grown fruits and vegetables, especially when purchased locally. The Clarion Farmer’s Market, located on upper Main Street beside the courthouse, is a thriving collection of local farmers and vendors, selling the freshest fruits, veggies, meats and more to the local community.
Until recently, these home grown treasures could only be bought with cash on hand. Approximately two weeks ago, vendors started accepting most credit and debit cards. “It is late in the season, and not that many besides our regulars, know that we accept cards yet. But for just the second week, things are going well,” stated Tara Burns, whose family owns Heritage Farms, a natural pasture-based farm two hours from Pittsburgh.
Burns continued, “We hope to see an increase in sales next year when we have had to chance to advertise more on our website and Facebook page. This is as much as an advantage to the customer as it is to us. Some of our meats cost more cash than what an average person would carry on them. When we tell the customers that ‘hey we accept cards now,’ they are more likely to buy.”
Heritage Farms raises approximately 3,000 chickens per year. They also travel to three other farmer’s markets, including Clarion. Burns said, “We hope to see a lot of new customers.”
Rob Yeany, whose family owns and operates Yeany’s Maple Syrup, is happy about the change. Yeany said, “I see that more people are willing to spend.. “We have had people stop buy and say that they are out of cash. Now when we tell them that we accept cards, they are like ‘oh good, we can buy.’” Yeany’s Maple Syrup produces pure Pennsylvania maple syrup from the Allegheny National Forest in Western Pennsylvania.
Yeany said his brother produced almost 1,000 gallons of maple syrup last year. He add,” we sell value prConoducts and truly hope that we see an increase in productivity once more people know we accept cards.” The Farmer’s Market has been runs every year from May 10 to October 25 on Saturdays, from 8:30 am to 12 pm. They now are accepting Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. There is a three percent swipe fee for every purchase. Featuring vendors include Shamburg Pork and Poultry, Bendel’s Berry Patch, Heritage Farm, Hit-N-Miss Ice Cream, Piney Ridge Farm, Yeany’s Maple Syrup and much more.