This year might bring the first holiday season in recent history for which York Central Market is filled to capacity with vendors.
The market is offering seasonal vendors a discount for spaces rented from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, a deal which is also a first in recent history, said Market Chief Operations Officer Casi Babinchak.
Central Market is accepting applications from vendors with produce or products that are holiday appropriate, hoping to catch some vendors who might not fit the market's brand year-round, she said.
It's also a chance for some merchants to test the concept without the annual lease that's typically required, she said.
Seasonal vendors can rent space for $25 per week, she said.
Three OK'd: Three seasonal kiosks have already been approved. They are a Mason-Dixon Kettle Korn stand, which will sell flavored kettle corn in gift tins; Antiquita Glass, which will sell hand-blown glass gifts made from recycled glass bottles collected from local restaurants; and Strathmeyer Christmas Tree's wreaths.
The market is also in negotiations with a company planning to use a small stand for customers to order pasture-fed turkeys for the holidays, she said.
Babinchak said there are about eight permanent spaces left in the market, but future renovations will free additional space.
"I'm not sure when was the last time the market was actually full," she said. "We're in a unique position right now, to be able to be really discriminating."
Not all vendors are selected for the market, which intends to maintain its status as a farmer's market while offering a wide array of products and not accepting "crafty-type things," she said.
"This is a fantastic opportunity for individuals and businesses with unique specialty products to have a presence in the market during our peak season," she said.
People who are interested should contact Babinchak at firstname.lastname@example.org for an application.