Good weather, local farm products, live music, and children's activities attracted nearly 600 people to Jarrettsville's Twilight Market in Jarrett's Field on Oct. 5. A fundraiser for the Jarrettsville Lions Club and the Harford County Public Library, the Twilight Market offered families an opportunity to enjoy a unique "buy local" event.
More than 50 vendors including farms, nurseries, local businesses and community organizations participated in the spirited outdoor event which included live music by Almost Certain, and wine tastings from Fiore, Harford Vineyards and L'amore di Vino, and distributor Bacchus Importers LTD. Craft beer tastings were offered by DuClaw Brewing Company and Sentman Distributors.
"We were very happy with the response from the community," Amber Shrodes, director of the Harford County Public Library Foundation and an organizer of the event. "The Jarrettsville community came together to develop the Twilight Market with the mission to create a fun, free, 'buy local' experience that families could enjoy. The music, food and activities were terrific, and our partnering farmers, vineyards and breweries were pleased. Rumors for a second annual Twilight Market are circulating."
Fresh organic veggies, delicious local meats, cheeses, baked goods and ice cream were available for purchase from Shaw Orchards, Granova Poultry, Daily Crisis Farm, Hickory Chance Beef, Beichlers Beyond Family Farm and Hawks Hill Farm. Herbs, plants, compost and stunning bouquets were offered by Greenspring Nursery and Gift House, Chestnut Spring Farm, Heston's Greenhouse, Deer Creek Valley Tree Farm and Flowers by Bauers.
A variety of children's activities were available including face painting and planting projects. The children's area was sponsored by Salem Lutheran Children's Center, Christman Family Chiropractor, Jack's Small Engines, A &A Bolt & Screw Company and Greenspring Nursery and Gift House.
"The Twilight Market was an outstanding success. We were proud to be the headlining sponsor for a 'buy local' family event that supports two great causes – our library and local Lions Club," Ashley Adams, of Keene Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram, said. "The Jarrettsville Lions Club, the library, businesses and organizations in this community have done a great job creating distinctive events that attract thousands of visitors to Jarrettsville each year. Car shows, the renowned Jarrettsville Carnival and annual flea markets have become a tradition for Harford County families. I hope the Twilight Market does, too."
Supporting sponsors for the event include the Rose Family, Clear Meadow Farm, Jim's Bottleworks, Waste Industries, Dougherty Farm and County Councilman Chad Shrodes.
The Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Company provided traffic control and had a fire engine available for display. The Harford County Sheriff's Office also participated with a display vehicle and information table.
Harford County Public Library operates 11 branches located throughout Harford County. The library serves 182,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of more than 4.1 million. Harford County Public Library is committed to connecting people with information and promoting the love of reading within the community.