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Farmers market's summer stretch begins Saturday

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

The outdoor version of the Clintonville Farmers' Market returns Saturday, April 27, on North High Street between Orchard Lane and West Dunedin Road.

When that happens, said Market Manager Laura Zimmerman, it will mark not only the opening of the 11th season but also the longest since the event began in August 2003.

"Steadily expanding, in just the last two years the market has doubled from a one 28-week market to three markets, extending to 56 market days over four seasons," Zimmerman wrote in announcing the upcoming season and issuing a call for volunteers.

The three markets are the indoor winter market, the first season of which concluded April 13, and the outdoor Saturday and Wednesday markets in the summer.

"The expansion of the market is at the request of producers and customers," Zimmerman said. "Cheesemakers and bakers benefit from a longer season since they are able to produce year-round. Ohio growers are extending the season through use of high tunnels and hoop houses to grow winter vegetables and by producing value-added products like jams and relishes."

This year, more than 65 producers are scheduled to set up at the outdoor Saturday market, which runs from 9 a.m. to noon through Nov. 23, and the outdoor Wednesday market, from 4 to 7 p.m. June 5 to Aug. 14.

All vendors are from Ohio and are growers and cottage food producers of vegetables, fruits, herbs, plant starts, flowers, native plants, microgreens, mushrooms, pastured beef, pork, chicken, lamb, bison, eggs, artisan bread, pies and cakes, jams, cow, goat, and sheep cheeses, honey, maple syrup and more.

"Clintonville Farmers' Market is a producer-only market, which means that everything you see at market is grown or produced by the farmer or cottage food producer," Zimmerman wrote.

An orientation for new and returning volunteers will take place at 10:30 a.m. April 27 at the Dunedin Road market tent. Those interested in being a market assistant for a few Saturdays during the season are invited to stop by to learn details and find out the latest plans for the season.

Providing music for the opening of the 11th season will be a local band, the Baja Clintonville Broadcasters.

Activities and educational demos through the season will focus on this year's theme, "Love Good Food!"

Patrons are encouraged to cycle to the market, where the Baer Wheels Bike Corral again will be on hand to guard bikes, wagons and strollers for free. Bicycle checkups and some service also will be available.

The market accepts the Ohio Direction Card EBT/SNAP, formerly food stamps, and customer debit cards in exchange for market tokens. Tokens, obtainable at the market tent, can be used as cash at most producer stalls. Some producers also accept Seniors and WIC coupons.

For more information about the Clintonville Farmers Market, visit clintonvillefarmersmarket.org.

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