The Reynoldsburg Farmers Market will return to Huber Park starting July 8.

The Reynoldsburg Farmers Market will return to Huber Park starting July 8.

This year's market, like last year's, will feature a good mix of vendors and a variety of fresh produce and baked goods.

Market manager Nadine Morse said 15 vendors are signed up so far. More will participate as the market heads into summer, she said, because of their harvesting schedules.

In order to assist with marketing the event, the Reynoldsburg Farmers Market was awarded $800 as a part of the Ohio Farmer's Market Cost-Share program administered by the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

"It's a matching grant," Morse said. "We needed to replace our banners this year and it will go toward posters, flyers we're going to do more marketing visuals because we'll have more money."

The umbrella organization for the farmers market is Reynoldsburg Economic Development Inc. (REDI). This year's sponsors are Heartland Bank, Cotner Funeral Home and Telhio Credit Union.

The market drew an average of 1,200 people each week during its 12-week run the last two years. Morse said attendance has made it clear the farmers market is popular within the community.

"When the city conducted its online community survey, they found out the most-recognized events were, No. 1, the Tomato Festival and No. 2 was the farmers market," she said.

"So our goal this year is to increase visibility. We also want to bring awareness about food safety as far as the consumers are concerned. We'll have people from Ohio State University come in, conducting safe canning and freezing demonstrations.

"We also want to coordinate with the new Livingston Gardens community garden in Reynoldsburg," Morse said. "It just seems like the perfect mix with the people having gardens there and those buying at the market who will need to know how to safely can or freeze their food."

New vendors this year include Witten Farms from Lowell, Ohio, which will be featured in American Vegetable Grower magazine's July issue. Also new this year will be Jade Clare's Canine Cookies and Treats, a New Albany business that produces homemade treats for dogs.

"We'll also have new this year a vendor called Black Thai Farm from Canal Winchester specializing in Asian-style vegetables and coming back again this year will be Mex-city Salsa from Zanesville," Morse said.

Returning vendors include Wishwell Farms, Kathy Persinger and John Price.

Sweet Addictions will sell baked goods again this year and fresh fruit will be available from Rower and Sons.

The farmers market will feature some entertainment, when available, Morse said, and the Ohio Proud Mobile Kitchen will be on site July 8 and Sept. 16.

"They are in great demand so we are fortunate to get them twice," Morse said.

The Reynoldsburg Farmers Market will be open from 3:30 p.m, to 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays from beginning July 8 to Sept. 30.

More information is available by calling (614) 322-6832 or online at http://www.ci.reynoldsburg.oh.us/farm_market.aspx

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