The Oakmont Farmers Market, located in the Oakmont section of Havertown, Pennsylvania, is a producers-only market featuring locally farmed vegetables, fruit, cheese, eggs and poultry, bison, beef, lamb, wine and flowers. It is located in the Grace Chapel Parking Lot at 1 West Eagle Road in Havertown, one the southeast corner of the Darby and Eagle Roads intersection.
In 2017, the market takes place every Wednesday from May 17 to August 30 from 3-7. After Labor Day, from September 6 to November 22 (the day before Thanksgiving) the market will run from 2 to 5:30 PM. Rain or shine, come out and Buy Fresh, Buy Local!”
Even though a farmers market may seem, on the surface, to be as simple as setting a date, having farmers show up to sell their goods, then pack up, go home and return the next week (same bat time, same bat channel), it’s really not that easy. The group responsible for bringing the Oakmont Farmers Market to Haverford Township, for helping the market to run smoothly every week, and for taking care of all the administrative, licensing, fiduciary and general legalese necessary for the market to happen is the all-volunteer Haverford Township Farmers Market Association, otherwise know as the HTFMA.
We thought you might like to get to know a little bit about what makes our market tick, so here goes.
The HTFMA is a registered 501c4 not-for-profit educational organization designed to encourage healthy eating, provide education for all ages about healthy eating and living, and to support local farm, food, and township businesses.
To fulfill these goals the Haverford Township Farmer’s Market Association operates the Oakmont Farmers Market, a producer-only farmer’s market offering produce, meats, dairy products, and related agricultural and food products to the public in Haverford Township. In order to ensure the highest quality and safest foods, all vendors/farmers present at the market may only sell foods they have farmed or produced (no reselling is allowed), and all farms and businesses must be located within 100 miles of Haverford Township. Meat and dairy animals must be raised humanely and preferably on pasture, producers must pay their human workers fair wages, and producers must abide by all food safety regulations (local, state and federal). Growing practices include biodynamic, organic and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) field and flock/herd management. The HTFMA is a proud member of the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) and supports agricultural and community sustainability in all areas of social life, from economics and ecology to cultural and community development. We believe that a sustainable community is defined by robust local social institutions and economic opportunities.
In addition to making locally farmed and produced foods available to area residents, the HTFMA provides educational opportunities including informational newsletters and adult-education courses as well as hands-on child and adult healthy-eating activities at the Oakmont Farmers Market. Programs occur regularly at the Market and are announced in advance in the Newsletter.
The HTFMA and the Oakmont Farmers Market rely almost entirely on volunteer labor to organize and run the market and all of its programs. We welcome any and all volunteers for a variety of tasks including assisting at the market, outreach at events and educational programming. Please contact us to get involved with the Oakmont Farmers Market and the Haverford Township Farmers Market Association.
The HTFMA Board
Brian Kennedy is the President of the Haverford Township Farmers Market Association. He op-ed article on local food “Summer Is The Time To Taste Locally Grown Food” was published by both the Delaware County Daily Times and the News of Delaware County in July 2009. Brian has lived in Haverford Township since 2000, and has been active in several civic groups. His current long range vision is for farmers markets to reach people who may be homebound and do not access to fresh produce. Brian holds Bachelors and Masters in Electrical Engineering and is employed by The Boeing Company in that capacity.
Brigette Cuffia is the VIce President of the Haverford Township Farmers Market Association. She also serves as the general and legal adviser on the HTFMA board.
Michael McGrath became the treasurer of the HTFMA on January 1, 2015. As a competitive distance runner, Michael has always had an interest in healthy locally grown food. Michael has previously served as treasurer for the Rotary Club of Haverford Township, the Haverford Township Baseball League and other local organizations. A resident of Haverford Township since 1982, Michael has a bachelor’s degree in Government and History from Franklin and Marshall College and a law degree from Villanova. He is an attorney at O’Brien, Rulis and Bochicchio in Philadelphia.
Dara Gans serves as the Events coordinator on the HTFMA board.
Janet Chrzan is the former president of the Haverford Township Farmers Market Association and a founder of the Oakmont Farmers Market. She holds a Ph.D. in Nutritional Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, where she is a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology and the School of Nursing. She is the president of the Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition and is active with a number of other food and nutrition organizations including the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture, the Association for the Study of Food and Society, The Society for Nutrition Education, and the Agriculture, Food and Human Values Association. Her passions are travel, food, gardening and encouraging vegetable and fruit consumption among innocent and unsuspecting local children.
Marcia Levin Pelchat has lived in Haverford Township for 25 years with her husband, Rod and their two children Zach and Maddie. She is a scientist at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia where she studies food and beverage preferences. She is a University Scholar and a Phi Beta Kappa, Suma cum Laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania in Nutritional Psychology. She also received her Ph.D. from Penn’s Department of Psychology where she was a Fellow of the Institute of Neurological Sciences. She is on the editorial board of the journal, Appetite, is a member of the culinary group, Les Dames d’Escoffier, and is an Honorary Professor of Gastronomy at the Restaurant School in Philadelphia. In her spare time, she promotes informal science education. Her most popular offerings are the Science of Flavor and the Science of Wine and Food Pairing.
Doreen Alvarez Saar is a professor of English & Director of English Programs at Drexel University where she has taught courses on food and literature. She is also the chair of the Haverford Shade Tree Commission