The Clintonville Farmers' Market (CFM) will start its 12th season Saturday, April 26, with spring produce, live music and a food demonstration by a local chef.
The market, still on North High Street between Orchard Lane and West Dunedin Road, will be open 41 days this year, including 10 Wednesday afternoons starting June 18, and will host more than 60 different producers. Saturday market hours will again be 9 a.m. to noon.
Local band Baja Clintonville Broadcasters will provide music and John Skaggs, chef at Heirloom Cafe in Ohio State University's Wexner Center, will offer a food demonstration.
The market's theme this year is "The Whole Food Story."
New producers for 2014 will offer trout, fermented products such as kim chee and kraut, herbal teas, infused honeys and more heirloom vegetable varieties. All of the market's producers are from Ohio and are growers and cottage food producers.
CFM will partner with Global Gallery, Eartha Limited and Baer Wheels to make market days environmentally friendly. Eartha will collect food waste, a key producer of methane gas in landfills, and divert it to Ohio composting facilities.
Baer Wheels will provide free parking for bikes, strollers and wagons on Orchard Lane. Patrons can help to "green" the market by carpooling, cycling or walking to market, bringing their own shopping bags and depositing food waste to the Zero Waste station at the market tent in Dunedin Road.
The new season again will feature the market's farm and kitchen tours, allowing participants to see "behind-the-scenes" and learn just what it takes to produce a baguette, Macintosh apple, fresh trout or ear of just-picked sweet corn. The schedule includes Dan the Baker kitchen tour on June 8; Henson Farms open house on July 12; Paige's Produce on Aug. 9; and Cota Farms on Sept. 6.
The market accepts the Ohio Direction Card EBT/SNAP and customer debit cards in exchange for market tokens, which are available at the market tent and can be used as cash at most producer stalls. Some producers also accept WIC and Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program coupons.
For more information about the Clintonville Farmers Market, visit clintonvillefarmersmarket.org.