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Farmers market returns to UA Senior Center

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Around 15 Ohio-based vendors selling everything from fresh meats and vegetables to ice cream and coffee will be featured weekly at the 2014 Upper Arlington Farmers Market.

The market opened for the season May 14 in the parking lot at the Upper Arlington Senior Center, 1945 Ridgeview Road.

The market will be open from 3 to 6 p.m. every Wednesday through Sept. 24.

The program is brought to the community by the Upper Arlington Parks and Recreation Department as a way to offer residents fresh, Ohio-grown and Ohio-raised foods via an outdoor market.

"We are a smaller market," said Mac Kinney, recreation program assistant for the UA Parks and Recreation Department. "We like all of our produce and food to be from Ohio and (vendors) have to produce what they sell, so (customers) know that food they're buying was probably picked by that morning by that person."

Many of the Ohio farmers and merchants who've appeared at the market in recent years are back in 2014, Kinney said, including Omega Artisan Bread.

In-season fruits, vegetables, herbs, eggs, poultry, jams and honey also are farmers market staples.

There are a few additions, as well. Kinney said the market now features grass-fed meats, plus cheeses and ice cream from grass-fed animals, as well as fresh salsas, hot sauces and Ohio-roasted coffees.

On Aug. 20, the market will host a special "Peak of the Pick" event, which will include face-painting for children, as well as music and food sampling for all attendees.

"We're all-Ohio proud, and we'll average anywhere from 14 to 17 vendors each week," Kinney said. "I really like the farmers market because you see the person who picked that food and it's a good way to serve the community in a different way.

"This is not your typical parks and rec program."

The farmers market is held each Wednesday, rain or shine. Additional information, including a summary of the types of produce would-be shoppers can expect to find throughout the season, is available at uaoh.net.

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