Reynoldsburg's new farmers market manager has held a number of positions in communications and marketing and has been a longtime volunteer in the city.
Kristin Hampton-Harmon said May 5 was her first full day on the job.
"As a longtime volunteer, I love this community and the people in it and saw this position as a great opportunity to work in my hometown," she said. "This task seemed right up my alley. I love the idea of a local farmers market and encouraging people to buy fresh produce from local vendors."
Joe Brown, director of the city's parks and recreation department, said his department was tasked with finding and hiring Hampton-Harmon.
"We are very happy to have her on board and feel very confident about all she will do to improve and enhance the features of the farmers market," he said.
This year's farmers market begins June 5. Hours are from 3 to 6 p.m. every Thursday, through Aug. 28.
Hampton-Harmon replaces Nadine Morse, who created the Reynoldsburg Farmers Market in 2008 and managed it for six years.
Morse is now working in the city's development department and is helping with the new manager transition.
Hampton-Harmon said she and her husband, Lloyd, have lived in Reynoldsburg for more than 20 years. They have a 16-year-old daughter and 13-year-old son, both of whom attend Reynoldsburg City Schools.
She earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio State University and served in the United States Army Reserve for 10 years. She has worked in a number of communications and marketing positions with entities such as the Girl Scouts Seal of Ohio Council, McDonald's Corp., Harmony Communications, The Entrepreneurship Institute, Central Community House and others.
"I've had about 20 years of event-planning experience and in public relations and marketing," she said. "I'm really enjoying contacting vendors and want to stress that we are reaching out to find more vendors for this year's farmers market."
Hampton-Harmon said a number of vendors from last year have committed to this year's market, including Darby Creek Beef, Black-Thai Farm, Roger's Honey, Great Harvest Bread Co. and J. P's Chip and Dip Salsa.
"We're very excited about the returning vendors and have another new addition this year, Cynthia Myers, known as the Pie Lady," she said. "She is going to make her professional debut at our market."
Would-be vendors should visit the farmers market page on the city website, at ci.reynoldsburg.oh.us. Click on Parks and Recreation, then the farmers market link.
"I'm really happy to be working in the community," Hampton-Harmon said. "We want to continue to help the market to grow and will be looking at adding more kid-friendly activities to our schedule."
City Auditor Richard Harris said the new manager will work on a seasonal basis and will be paid $15 an hour.