Exploring Bryn Mawr: Bryn Mawr Farmers Market


Courtesy of Maddie Schieder

Families, students and pets shop at the Bryn Mawr Farmers Market on 9/17.

Maddie Schieder, Staff Writer

Although the weather has been hot, fall sure is upon us. There is no better way to spend a Saturday morning than at the Bryn Mawr Farmers Market, located in the parking lot of the Bryn Mawr train station. Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the market is home to many vendors selling products from fresh produce to hand-made soaps. 


Those looking for a new activity to spice up the weekend should explore the farmers market, as they might find something new that they have never tried before. Just down the road, the market provides access to fresh, locally grown foods and products from around the Main Line. 


One of the vendors, “Madi’s on a Roll” spoke to The Villanovan on their experience and success on Saturday mornings in Bryn Mawr. Madi McShane and her husband Brian are the owners of this shop, where they make homemade specialty egg rolls in Malvern, PA.  


“While we primarily sell our rolls at farmers markets, we also set up and sell our rolls hot at different events,” McShane said. “As we grow, we’ve added new farmers markets to our schedule, Bryn Mawr being one of them and bringing us much success.”


Madi’s on a Roll has also won Best Food Truck by Main Line Today Magazine for the past two years, despite lacking a food truck and selling via tent setup. 


Most of Madi’s on a Roll’s customers tend to be more “foodie” based, according to McShane. They welcome anyone interested in trying out their rolls, especially given their variety of flavors that includes cheesesteak egg rolls and even apple pie. 


Vendors such as Madi’s on a Roll sell at farmers markets to spread the word on their businesses and show the community what kind of talent lies in our neighborhood. The vibes of the farmers market are also immaculate, as it makes Villanovans feel home away from home. Villanova students shared their farmers market experiences, including senior Maggie Mick.


“I really enjoyed going to the farmers market,” Mick said. “They had a lot of options to choose from, like breads, cheeses, fresh fruits and much more. The vibe there was also really relaxing, and everyone was super nice and welcoming. I definitely want to go back this year and buy more because I love that they sell fresh and clean products.”


Along with Mick, senior Molly Carriero also enjoyed her time at the market. 


“It was a very happy and a positive vibe,” Carriero said. “There was a cool bread vendor along with a Mediterranean one, and I especially liked the classic farms. It is a nice way to feel a part of the community, get off campus and find affordable and fresh products.”


Also featured at Bryn Mawr is Aaji’s Indian Cuisine, Amaranth Gluten Free Bakery, Scrape and Scoop Ice Cream, Nether Providence Soap Co. and much more. 


Bryn Mawr is full of amazing restaurants and boutiques, yet this Saturday excursion could bring fresh products and a warm heart by getting out in the community, especially on an autumn morning.