Bunnies to bouquets: Easter preps underway in Berks

GREENWICH TWP., Pa. - How much chocolate is too much for a bunny to carry in a basket?

"Close to 300 pounds of tiny peanut butter eggs," said David Skipper, owner of Billy's Candies in Temple.

He said those eggs hold much more than peanut butter.

"Well, people are trying to relive their past, carry on traditions," said Skipper.

It's the memories of a ham from Dietrich's Meats in Greenwich Township that keep a man from Ephrata coming back.

"We used to get Easter hams through LB Water, where I work, and I still come up here to get one every Easter," said Bobby Sweigart.

It comes as no spring surprise to owner Verna Dietrich.

"Well, we're real busy," she said. "Seems people like our hams. They keep coming back."

There's another Easter tradition that's not edible, but it is easy on the eyes.

"People come in, they're buying bunches. They're putting together lilies. They're liking these red ginger," said Jul Hoober, manager of Hoober Produce.

As holiday patrons funnel in and out of the Fairgrounds Farmers Market in Muhlenberg Township, one stand in particular has been drawing a lot of attention following a fire at another location.

"Quite a few customers that I have recognized from the West Reading location, and they followed us out here to come support us," said Douglas Pinti, a Go Fish employee at the Fairgrounds Farmers Market.

Go Fish is going strong at the market following a fire at its shop on Penn Avenue in West Reading earlier this month.

All in all, many are grateful for everyone coming out and coming together for another holiday celebration.

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