More sweet corn is being planted this weekend in preparation for the Johnstown Farmers Market that will open at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 20.

More sweet corn is being planted this weekend in preparation for the Johnstown Farmers Market that will open at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 20.

Rodney Tornes and Dick Steyer, who originally presented the farmers market idea to the Johnstown Village Council, are in charge of the farming aspect of the operation behind Church of the Ascension.

"We'll be planting some more corn," Steyer said. "So far, we've put in two and a half acres of corn. We'll end up with four acres. We planted every 10 days, so we'll have corn through the summer."

Produce in the church garden that will be offered for sale at the farmers market will include tomatoes, cantaloupe, watermelon, onions, potatoes, peas, red beets, cabbage, broccoli, green and yellow beans, several varieties of squash, cucumbers, pumpkins and gourds.

"It's growing great," Steyer said. "We have over 400 tomatoes in. On Monday, we finished staking the tomatoes and tied them for the first time. We're also putting out Indian corn."

Farmers market co-manager Pat Kramer said everyone seems to be looking forward to the opening.

Vendors who have purchased spots for the entire season include the Church of the Ascension Gardens and Utica resident Bob Shaw, who has planted four acres of garden. Shaw, 88, will sell sweet corn and garden vegetables.

Other vendors will include Johnstown resident Pam Zeirott, of Soaps 'N Such. She will sell goat milk soaps and other homemade bath products. Mellissa Potter, of Frazeysburg, will sell homemade bears from Potters House Bears. Potters Field Produce and Baked Goods will also be at the farmers market.

Money generated by the market will be donated to Johnstown projects, according to Kramer.

In exchange for donated plants, the Johnstown FFA also has its own garden plot behind Church of Ascension.

"The FFA is getting their garden going," Kramer said. "They have nice plants. We have tomatoes on our plants."

The Johnstown Farmers Market will be open from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays during July and August.

The vendor rate at the market is $5 per day. The all-season rate for Saturdays and Wednesdays (28 markets) is $125; all Saturdays (19 markets), $85; and all Wednesdays (nine markets), $45.

Reserved spaces are available to all-season vendors only. All other vendors are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For more information, contact Kramer by mail at 250 Coshocton St., Johnstown, Ohio 43031; by phone at (740) 967-8388 or by e-mail at k2ramer@embarqmail.com.

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