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Farmers market adding winter season at St. James

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Jen Kendrick, board president of the Clintonville Farmers' Market, and Eric Reasoner, senior warden at St. James Episcopal Church, sign a memorandum of understanding to hold a Winter Market at the church, 3400 Calumet St. The Winter Market will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday from Jan. 12. through April 13.
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The Clintonville Farmers' Market is about to grow another season.

In partnership with St. James Episcopal Church, the nonprofit organization will launch a Winter Market on Jan. 12. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through April 13 at the church, 3400 Calumet St.

This will be an addition to the three-season Clintonville Farmers' Market, which will conclude this year with the traditional pre-Thanksgiving Harvest Market Saturday, Nov. 17, at the traditional location on North High Street between Orchard Lane and West Dunedin Road.

Michelle White, who has been volunteering with the Farmers' Market since 2010, has been tapped to serve as manager of the Winter Market.

"I'm super-excited to give it a shot," she said last week.

White, who works for a textbook publisher in Worthington, said that the concept of launching a market in the colder months has been talked about for the past several years by both market officials and producers.

"We decided to go through with it this year because Kate Carrey who is one of the board members, goes to St. James, and we knew they had the space available," White said.

A memorandum of understanding between church and market officials was signed recently, follow discussions over the course of a couple of weeks, White said in announcing the launch date.

The announcement quoted Eric Reasoner, senior warden at St. James Episcopal, as stating the members were "excited for the opportunity to partner with Clintonville Farmers' Market for (the) Winter Market as we share the same goal of assisting the Clintonville Resource Center."

"We're excited about the potential of our Winter Market, which is located in an intimate space where neighbors can gather and patrons can learn about food preparation and preservation from skilled members of the community,

Those attending the Winter Market will be able to purchase many of the items available during its summer big brother, according to White, including Ohio-grown produce, pasture-raised meats, eggs, cheese, mushrooms, artisan breads, baked goods, honey and jams.

"I think people will be pleasantly surprised," the manager said.

As will White herself if she pulls off getting every organized between now and Jan. 12.

"We have basically this month and next month to get producers on board," she said. "It'll be a pretty fast-paced setup."

The space available will allow for a maximum of 15 producers.

"It's a more intimate space down there," White said. "We really want the Winter Market to be kind of a warm spot at the end of the week where people can still come from Clintonville and meet their neighbors and the farmers and hopefully learn something."

Hot coffee and breakfast items will be offered during the Winter Market by Global Gallery and White said that musicians are being lined up to provide entertainment.

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