In its seventh year, the Clintonville Farmers Market has added around 10 spaces and will see more vendors this year than in past seasons.

In its seventh year, the Clintonville Farmers Market has added around 10 spaces and will see more vendors this year than in past seasons.

"We're booked for the season," said market manager Laura Zimmerman.

For the "Spring Sprout," which will kick off the market season on Saturday between 9 a.m. and noon, the market has twice as many vendors this year as it did last year.

The annual market preview event will feature locally made cheese, breads and other baked goods; honey; maple syrups; eggs; pasture-raised meats; organic vegetable starts and herb seedlings; and early season vegetables such as spinach, lettuce, asparagus, greens, herbs, onions and radishes.

Those interested in volunteering during the regular market season also can attend a volunteer orientation at the market tent at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Zimmerman said the market needs volunteers to assist its vendors at their booths and to help with market demonstrations.

"People really seem to enjoy being a farmers assistant one or two times a year," Zimmerman said. "And we really appreciate the volunteers."

The regular market season officially will begin May 23 and will run through Oct. 31. The market will be open each Saturday between 9 a.m. and noon on North High Street between Orchard Lane and West Dunedin Road.

Zimmerman said she believes the market is seeing a record 40 booths this year because of a focus by the news media on local products and because of the good relationship among the vendors and Clintonville customers.

"There has been so much in the media about gardening and eating locally and farmers markets," Zimmerman said. "The farmers like Clintonville. The customers understand eating locally. They like to be where customers understand good food."

New vendors this year will include another local cheese maker, artisan bakers, flower farmers, additional pasture-raised meats, a grower specializing in heirloom vegetables and two more community supported agriculture groups.

As always, the weekly farmers market will include different events, demonstrations and live entertainment.

For more information on the market, its vendors and scheduled events, visit www.clintonvillefarmersmarket.org.

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