Lititz Farmers Market closes on a high note

By on October 11, 2017


Mak Azubike played the Thursday night Lititz Farmers Market three times during the 2017 season and said he had a good experience every time. He and his band, Where’s Pete, play enough dates in New York and Philadelphia to afford him the time and wherewithal to pursue his performing, songwriting and producing interests full-time. (Photos by Dick Wanner)

The high note — we’re guessing B natural above middle C (but then we’re kind of tone impaired) — was provided by Mak Azubike, a full-time singer-songwriter-guitarist who likes to float delightfully around in his upper register.

Otherwise, it was kind of a mellow last night of the season for the 10th year of the Lititz Farmers Market. Nevertheless, Lauren Ellis declared the season a success in its new location and new night. Ellis was at her usual spot, selling fresh wild caught Maine seafood for the J. B. Kelly Seafood Connection. She and Stephanie Samuel were the market organizers this year.

There were nine vendors last Thursday night, down from the 12 to 16 that have filled the space most of the summer. The new location, between the Parkview Hotel and Lititz Run, with the main entrance on Broad Street, has proven popular with shoppers, Ellis said, because it’s more convenient than the Water Street location used in previous years.

Chad Warfel, who helps his wife Isabelle with her market stand, dished up a tasty serving of chicken mango salad for a hungry reporter.

She’s also heard from many visitors that they like Thursday nights better than Saturday mornings, because families have so many other obligations during the weekends.

Ellis said that she and Samuel will be back at it next May, with assistance from Venture Lititz, and she expects more people will be working the market into their Thursday evening routines.

Dick Wanner is a staff writer and photographer for the Record Express. He welcomes reader feedback at

The crowd at the last Lititz Farmers Market on Oct. 5 was much lighter than usual, but Lauren Ellis, one of the market organizers, said the new night and location helped make the 10th season a success. The market will return to the same spot next May


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