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First winter market nears end; second one in the works

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There will be another winter late this year, although this one doesn't seem inclined to let go.

And there will be another winter market in Clintonville.

Members of the Clintonville Farmers Market, who decided this year to experiment with a means of getting winter produce to residents through a partnership with St. James Episcopal Church, decided last week to do the same thing all over again, winter market Manager Michelle White said.

"We're definitely a go for next year," White said. "I think there's definitely a demand for locally produced vegetables and artisan food from Ohio the year around. It's just a matter of basically encouraging our farmers to capitalize on that."

Held at the church, 3400 Calumet St., the winter market made its debut Jan. 12 and will continue through April 13. The hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Attendance has been on average 200 customers buying from about 10 producers, White said.

"I think it's been good," she said. "I like to think that we're small but mighty.

"For the space that we're in, for the size, I think we have great-quality producers and a good variety."

The trick to remaining mighty but not staying small will be, White said, getting central Ohio farmers to make some adjustments to growing techniques that will extend the growing season and provide fresh produce for a market operating in the colder months.

"It's been hard to recruit and keep producers that bring green things to the market right now, because green things just don't grow in Ohio in the winter," White said.

In addition to produce, the market's vendors have sold or are selling pasture-raised, grass-fed meats, eggs, cheese, mushrooms, artisan breads, other baked goods, honey and jams.

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