The Market Story
Connecting Food with the Community
Welcome to the Huntingdon Farmers’ Market web site. The market is located just a short walk from historic downtown Huntingdon at Portstown Park and is open from May until October, every Thursday from 12:00 to 5:00 PM.
The Huntingdon farmers market, which began in 1985, has a long tradition of connecting Huntingdon with local farmers, bakers and producers. The inception of the market was spearheaded by James Pingry of Hemmabast Farm and Tony Ricci and Rebecca Smith of Green Heron Farm. This original market was located on Washington Street in front of PNC bank and later moved nearby to 5th Street between Mifflin and Washington.
Much later in 2007 and after a hiatus from farming, James Pingry channeled his energy into re-creating the market in Portstown Park to once again bring local food and products back to the Huntingdon community. Since then, it has grown to offer a variety of fruits, organic and non-organic vegetables, baked goods, eggs, meat, hot foods and even locally produced soaps, wool and wine! The market also hosts a variety of volunteer-driven events for the community ranging from cooking demonstrations to raising awareness of food wellness and gaining access to fresh food through public programs such as SNAP.
Today, the market consists of 12 core vendors, providing local homegrown produce, baked goods, wool, eggs, cheeses, honey, wine, kombucha, soaps and lotions.
The Huntingdon Farmers' Market is operated by the Huntingdon County Local Food Association, a charitable and educational 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
ABOUT PORTSTOWN PARK
On the banks of the Juniata River, Portstown Park used to be the site of the town of Portstown. After major flooding during Hurricane Agnes in 1972, it was turned into a community park and now features a children's play area, a skateboard/BMX park area, an accessible fishing pier, picnic tables, paved walking paths, and bocce courts.