The Reynoldsburg farmers market is a big success, according to market manager Nadine Morse.

The Reynoldsburg farmers market is a big success, according to market manager Nadine Morse.

The Thursday market, now in its fourth week, is the first to be held in the city for almost 50 years. The opening day on July 10 had only seven vendors but drew more than 750 people, which caused traffic to back up to Main Street from the market location in Huber Park.

"I know it was frustrating to people," she said. "I don't know if they were expecting something like in Grove City; they've been at it for 20 years. It seemed like they (visitors) all came at the same time, but it was a great success. People need to understand we are just starting out with this."

The Reynoldsburg farmers market will be open from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays throughout the summer. Morse said additional vendors are expected to participate.

"We'll have around 10 vendors this week and possibly more in the coming weeks," she said. "They will be selling a produce items, baked goods, flowers and herbs, all fresh and locally grown."

She said a farmers market is "like a living breathing organism. With some vendors, their crops are in and with others, theirs will be in later, so we're looking for new vendors all the time," she said.

Right now corn, beans, summer squash and spinach are big. Future harvests will include watermelon, sweet corn, raspberries and cauliflower.

Morse said she noticed that a lot of people who attend Reynoldsburg's farmers market seem to bump into old friends they haven't seen in a long time.

"So it is kind of a social thing for a lot of people also," Morse said.

She said more tents for shade will be erected and there will be places to sit with picnic tables and chairs.

The farmers market is located near the Reynoldsburg Senior Activities Center on Davidson Drive, at the south end of the green space in front of the parking lot. Morse said future plans could include adding arts and crafts to the market.

"That's a long-range goal, because we're not selling crafts right now, only food-oriented items, but the festival idea is a potential," Morse said. "We feel we can also save people money on gas now because the products are grown in Ohio and people don't have to go to some other market far away to get their fresh produce -- it's right here in their own back yard."

For more information on the farmers market contact Nadine Morse at 614-322-6832.