Broad Street Market extends hours, names interim manager

by Christine Vendel · PennLive ·

The Broad Street Market in Harrisburg soon will be extending its hours on Thursdays and Fridays by one hour to better serve the dinner crowd.

Market officials announced the change in a news release issued late Tuesday afternoon. The new hours begin Aug. 20. The new hours will be from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays.

Saturday hours will remain 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Customers who participated in town hall meetings and focus groups said they wanted longer market hours.

In addition to fruits, vegetables, cheese and meat, the market at Third and Verbeke streets offers prepared food such as rotisserie chicken, artisan grilled cheese sandwiches, Vietnamese pho and Jamaican jerk pork. There is also a deli and donut stand, among other vendors.

The market was in the news last week after its manager, Ashlee O. Dugan, announced that she was stepping down to accept a job with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

Market officials announced Tuesday that they were bringing back former market manager Barbara Skelley, who ran the place from 1995 to 2003, to act as a part-time interim manager while they conduct a national search.

Meanwhile, board members have filed incorporation papers to create a new nonprofit entity called the Broad Street Market Alliance.

A task force commissioned last year by Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse recently released a report that suggested the board overseeing the market should transition from for-profit to nonprofit to boost opportunities for grants and donations.

Board members recently elected Josh Kesler as the new board president to lead the transition.