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Farmers market opens for the season July 11

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Fruits, vegetables, baked goods, honey, jellies and jams, and even beef products will be available at the Reynoldsburg Farmers Market.

The market will open for the season Thursday, July 11, near the Reynoldsburg Senior Center at Huber Park, 1520 Davidson Drive. It will operate from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. every Thursday through Sept. 26.

Nadine Morse, market manager, said opening day also will feature the musical talents of Mayor Brad McCloud at 5 p.m.

"He will kick off the season by performing songs made popular by Gordon Lightfoot, the Beatles, Jimmy Buffett, Simon and Garfunkel and others," she said.

The mayor won't be the only attraction on opening day. Karen Anderson from Fisher's Gardens will present two workshops about making miniature "fairy gardens," one at 4:15 p.m. and one at 5:30 p.m.

Kona Ice also will be on hand to offer shoppers tropical shaved-ice treats similar to those found in Hawaii.

New this year will be the addition of food vendors. Morse said she is in the middle of negotiating with qualified food vendors and hopes to have some kind of food truck at the market each week.

"Since our market operates from late afternoon to early evening, this is an opportunity for us to not only provide shoppers and vendors with some quick and easy food, but we're also hoping to attract more people as they get off work," she said. "People can grab a quick bite to eat or a cool treat while shopping for fresh food items."

A new vendor this year is JP Chip-n-dip Salsa, from Reynoldsburg.

Morse said Darby Creek Beef will be back again this year, along with Great Harvest Bread Company, Joni's Just Desserts and Roger's Honey.

"Because we feature vendors from all over the state, we will have a good supply of produce, because when one farmer depletes his supply, someone else will have a good supply," Morse said.

The presenting sponsor for the market is Heartland Bank. Other top sponsors are Fisher's Gardens and Cotner Funeral Home.

"One thing we hope to stress is for people to remember the market is on Thursday afternoons -- put it on your calendar," Morse said.

The market has a Facebook page called Reynoldsburg Farmers' Market.

Information is also available on the city's website, ci.reynoldsburg.oh.us.

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