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First Friday July Recap

Published: July 2, 2016

First Friday showcases local flavors


There was plenty to see and do at July’s First Friday in downtown Scranton. But one shop also showcased local flavors for passers-by to sample.

During the second annual farmers market at the Post Home and Body on Adams Avenue, Newkirk Honey spotlighted the fruits of its bees’ labors. In addition to honey and honey-based products, the West Mountain company also unveiled a new line of fair-trade canvas bags, handmade in Thailand by people in need.

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“I wanted to help and instead of sending money, we can support them this way,” owner EunJin Newkirk said.

Shop owner Ashley Paschke’s goal for every First Friday is to give local artists an avenue to display their passion.

“It’s something fun and different for First Friday,” she said, adding that her shop regularly stocks many of the products featured Friday. She hosts the farmers market as a way for her customers to meet the vendors.

Also at Post, Canned Creations owner Gail Scaramazzo of West Scranton dished out samples of her homemade salsa, applesauce and bread and butter “zickles” — pickled zucchini.

Newton Twp. resident Lee Jamison also gave guests tastes of his “fruit crushes,” from his business, Annie’s Country Kitchen. Mr. Jamison cooks down fresh fruit sweetened with honey for a mix between a jam and a marmalade that comes in a plethora of flavors, from strawberry to pineapple to red jalapeno.

Friday, he tested out his newest venture: pre-made strawberry shortcake, blueberry and peach topping. He uses the farmers market to get customer feedback.

“That really guides me through improving my stuff,” the former construction worker said, adding events like First Friday “are very helpful.”

Outside of the shop, Ryan Makinson and Mackenzie Miller set up a table to sell their homemade kombucha, Clarks Cultures.

Made in the couple’s kitchen in their home in Scranton’s Hill Section, the fermented refreshers are filled with probiotics and organic ingredients. While he said events like First Friday are good for added publicity, Mr. Makinson also enjoys the opportunity to meet other local artisans.

“It’s fun to network,” Mr. Makinson said. “To meet other people and know what they’re doing. I just have a desire to be a part of that.”

Click here to view the article on The Times-Tribune website.


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