Farmers market gearing for third year
Fresh fruits, vegetables, meat and other foods will be available in Historic Dublin starting next week.
The Dublin farmers market will return for its third year May 4 and run every Wednesday through September.
When the market opens in the parking lot of Dublin Community Church, 81 W. Bridge St., it will have about 14 to 15 vendors, increasing to about 20 as the growing season continues.
In May, fruits and vegetables still will be available.
"We will have just about everything because we have a couple of vegetable growers and a hydroponic farm that will have lettuce and cucumbers and things like that," market organizer Jamie Moore said. "We'll have asparagus in the next few weeks. From the get-go, we'll be able to start with 14 or 15 vendors and then have 20. We'll add people over the course. There will be plenty of meat, cheese, baked goods, honey, maple syrup and then light fruits and vegetables to get started with. Then in the first of the month, we'll have the first strawberries."
This year's market also will have some new offerings from first-timers at the Dublin farmers market.
"In terms of new vendors, we have several of them. We have one called It's My Thyme from Marysville," Moore said. "She does culinary herb plants, gourmet herb jellies and custom herb-filled baskets. That's something new and different we didn't have at the market."
JJ's Basket will have home-baked breads and salsas; Weed Knob Acres will serve up fruits and vegetables; and Moffitt Maple Farms will offer maple syrup.
"We're really excited about (maple syrup). It's something we looked for since we started but finding people who do maple syrup is hard," Moore said, adding that the farmers market also would have a honey vendor.
Other new programs this year will allow making purchases a little easier.
"We actually have been working really hard this winter. The first thing is that the farmers market will take SNAP benefits, which is the food-stamp program," Moore said. "Along with that, we have what I guess you could call ATM service. Guests can come and swipe their card at the market stand and get tokens. They can buy everything with tokens from vendors. That's a big improvement; there was no ATM in the district before."
Children will have a Market Passport to keep them entertained, Moore said. Children could pick up their passport each week at the market stand and attend activities.
"There will be activities for every day of the farmers market," she said.
Children will learn about bees, hives and how honey is made, as well as healthy eating.
"We really want it to be interactive and want to make learning about fruits and vegetables fun," Moore said.
Children also could win prizes. Moore said children would receive a T-shirt for completing four activities and a lunchbox after eight.
Other activities also will be available for children.
"Along with the passport, on the first Wednesday June through September, we've got the fire department coming one month and the police department's bike patrol coming another month to talk about bike safety for kids," she said.
John Deere equipment, for children to learn about agriculture, and the Ohio Wildlife Center will be there, Moore said.
The Dublin farmers market will run from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. May and September and from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. June, July and August.
Parking is available in the church parking lot.