In what is a fairly rare sight in the German Village and Merion Village areas, a farmers market will make its debut June 7 in Merion Village.
The Village Farmers Market will operate from 9 a.m. to noon each Saturday in a parking lot at 115 E. Moler St.
The parking lot, at the southwest corner of Moler and Fourth streets, is part of the TY Fine Furniture Ltd. Complex, owned by Tarik Yousef.
Wes Miller, a business adviser for Yousef, said the plan is to start with five distinct vendors who sell fish, farm-raised produce, cupcakes and single-sourced beef, chicken and pork. The fifth vendor would be a food truck.
The space is 3,500 square feet, so it's likely to stay manageable, Miller said.
"You can only get so big, that's for sure," Miller said.
"I don't know that we would want something incredibly large. I think having a more intimate experience would be better."
A portion of the proceeds raised at the market will benefit the Merion Village Association and German Village Society.
Miller said Merion Village is perfect for the farmers market, with its old-school neighborhood vibe and pedestrian-friendly customs.
The trouble is there's not a lot of free space for a collection of vendors, he said.
Sandy Kight Studio on South Fifth Street in German Village has set up a boutique farmers market from a lone purveyor, Heron Creek Farm in Chesterville, Ohio.
The merchandise is available from the first Saturday in July to October, depending on the crop.
The farmers bring chemical-free fresh produce, eggs, noodles, preserves and homemade pies.
Kight said she doesn't understand why there's such a scarcity of farmers markets in the German Village area, but has a few theories.
"Perhaps the North Market is so accessible to us on the South Side," she said. "Maybe people just don't feel the need for it like the people in the suburban areas do."
Tony Roell, president of the Merion Village Association, said he helped conceive the farmers market. He said he's excited about its presence.
"It's been lacking," Roell said. "It's something that's been missing down here for a long time, but will be a benefit to everybody.
"I think it's something that's never been organized," he said. "I don't think there is a good reason why there hasn't been one.
"It's great Tarik (Yousef of TD Fine Furniture Ltd.) is willing to set this thing up and get this going."
Interested vendors can call Miller at 614-323-7052.