Reynoldsburg's annual farmers market will open for the season this week in Huber Park, featuring a variety of Ohio-grown produce and baked goods.

Reynoldsburg's annual farmers market will open for the season this week in Huber Park, featuring a variety of Ohio-grown produce and baked goods.

Hours are from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays from July 7 to Sept. 29.

Market manager Nadine Morse said 16 vendors are signed up so far.

She said more usually participate as the market continues into the summer, but the weather might have taken a toll on some farmers.

"We've had all these rains, so it will be interesting to see what comes to the market the first week or two," Morse said. "I know a lot of them planted and they got washed away and then they had to replant, but they seem to be very encouraged because we did have some decent weather, also."

One thing's for sure, Morse said: Witten Farms in southeastern Ohio assured her there will be plenty of fresh sweet corn on the market's first day.

She said the fact that Reynoldsburg's farmers market starts later in the season might also help the availability of produce, especially during the first two or three weeks.

Besides sweet corn, other produce expected in the first couple of weeks includes lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, squash, green beans, cucumbers and new potatoes, Morse said.

She said Old Village Meats will be back again this year, offering a variety of fresh meats and cheeses, as will Joni's Just Desserts, offering an array of baked goods, and Roger's Honey.

People coming home from work are target customers, she said.

"That's the crowd we would like to get involved in the market. I've heard some people say, 'oh, I forget. I remember earlier in the week, then I forget.'"

The market has a Facebook presence this year - Reynoldsburg Farmers Market 2011 - in an effort to expand its customer base, she said.

Entertainment will be offered at the market this year, including children's activities and live music. On opening day, singer-songwriter and QFM 96 weekend disc jockey Casey Redmond will perform a variety of popular music on acoustic guitar.

Also on opening day, a market-bag filled with prizes will be given away. The drawing will be held at 6 p.m. but the winner need not be present, Morse said.

She said she is currently working to schedule cooking classes on some market dates.

"We're really excited for this year's market," she said. "We've always had a good turnout and look forward to another good one this year."

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

This year's market is sponsored by Heartland Bank and Cotner Funeral Home.