Food Day brings local farmers to campus

Francelis Capellan , Assistant Arts and Entertainment Editor

For the fifth year in a row, the College of Health and Human Services held its annual Food Day Event at the Nazareth Student Center on Sept. 23. Many local farmers sold vegetables and homemade goods at the event.

Judith Smeltzer, one of the participating farmers, is also an employee at Marywood. She is the administrative assistant of the Administrative Studies program. Smeltzer also farms for the Hartford Farm and Flower Market in Susquehanna. They grow tomatoes, vegetables, and flowers.

“This year we grew over two dozen types of tomatoes, but our sunflowers are the most popular because they’re tall and strong,” said Smeltzer. Hartford Farm also sells its produce and flowers at Scranton’s Co-Op Farmer’s Market.

Another local worker featured at Food Day was Donna Czarkowski, who owns CLOE & Company in Clarks Summit. The store features products made by local farmers.

“I sell the creations of local artists who would like to get a jump start on their line of housewares,” said Czarkowski. She also sells American made clothing, baby products, as well as other items.

“My store is a hodgepodge. I have a little bit of everything,” she added.

Jaye Cannon, junior digital media major, said that her favorite thing about food day is that the farmers are local, and everything that they have is unique and tasty.

“I had the raisin bread from one of the vendors, Sugarloaf,” said Cannon.

All the vendors at Food Day can be found at Scranton’s Co-Op Farmers Market, at 900 Barring Ave. Scranton. For more