The Clintonville Farmers Market will open Saturday, May 1, with a record number of producers, according to market manager Laura Zimmerman and board chairwoman Jessica Fagan.

The Clintonville Farmers Market will open Saturday, May 1, with a record number of producers, according to market manager Laura Zimmerman and board chairwoman Jessica Fagan.

The 40 producers represent an approximately 50-percent increase over the first market day last year and a 100-percent increase over the first market day of previous years, they said.

The eighth season for the market also will mark the first time it will run from the first weekend in May through the end of October, a total of 28 weeks, including the annual Nov. 20 "Harvest Market."

The 2009 season was 26 weeks long.

Also new to the market this season will be producers bringing such items as bison meat, mushrooms and artichokes.

"This first market day ... is also our traditional 'Spring Sprout' market, where local gardeners can find plant starts for their own gardens," an announcement said. "Farmers will bring garden starts of herbs, peppers, tomatillos, heirloom tomatoes, other produce, annual flowers and native plants like trillium, ferns, may apple, golden seal, black cohosh and spice bush.

"Farmers and cottage industry producers will also have an abundance of items to eat."

These will include fresh spring produce like lettuce, asparagus, greenhouse tomatoes and beans, baked goods, pasture-raised meats, cheese, eggs, honey and more.

Master gardeners will be on hand to answer questions at the market tent and the group Rhythm and Rine will play music.

"This day also serves as volunteer orientation for the market's farmer assistants," Zimmerman and Fagan said in the announcement. "The market invites those interested in volunteering at the market tent during the season and those who might be interested in other volunteer opportunities to stop by the market tent at 10 that morning for a brief orientation meeting."

The Clintonville Farmers Market runs from 9 a.m. to noon. It is located on North High Street between Orchard Lane and West Dunedin Road. Customer parking is in the three lots: Cephas Capital at Oakland Park Avenue and North High Street, Columbus Mennonite Church at 35 Oakland Park Ave. and the Brevoort Building, 3620 N. High St.

For more information, go to www.clintonvillefarmersmarket.org.