Farmers, artisan food-makers and vendors will return to Uptown next week as both of Westerville's farmers markets open their seasons.

Farmers, artisan food-makers and vendors will return to Uptown next week as both of Westerville's farmers markets open their seasons.

The Uptown Westerville Farmers Market will resume May 4 and will run from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. each Wednesday through Oct. 26 in the Church of the Messiah parking lot at the corner of North State and Home streets.

The May 4 market will begin with a blessing from Church of the Messiah pastor Jim Wilson at 2:45 p.m.

Twenty-four vendors are on the roster for the 2011 market season, though not all of them will visit the market at the same time, said Linda Foor, one of the market's organizers.

"We have enough room where we can accommodate 18 to 20 at a time," she said. "Some we'll see at the beginning of the season, some not until the end of the year."

The market, which is in its sixth year, will see all vendors from last year returning, with the exception of Luna Burger.

Two new vendors also will join the market: Sugar Inc., which will feature unusual flavors of cupcakes and blended teas; and Ohio Farm Direct, which will sell organic dairy products from grass-fed cows.

Foor said organizers are excited about this year's lineup because the market will feature a wide array of products, including produce, meats, honey, cheese, baked goods, jams, plants and other items.

"We've been taking the baby steps of building a roster of vendors that our customers respond to and that like to be at our market," she said.

Everything sold at the market is grown or produced in Ohio, she said.

The full lineup of 2011 vendors can be found online at www.marketwednesday.com.

Westerville's Saturday market has scheduled a preview day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 7 before its regular season begins June 4.

"Last year, a lot of people asked if they could come in on May 7, right before Mother's Day," market organizer Renee Kropat said.

The market's regular season will run each Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Sept. 24 in the Church of the Messiah parking lot.

The vendors for the Saturday market include artists, farmers, bakers, home-sale companies like Tupperware and nonprofit groups.

Kropat said she expects 10 to 15 vendors for the May 7 market and 15 to 20 for the regular season. In its third year, the market continues to grow as more vendors show interest and more of the community knows that it is there on Saturdays, she said.

"People come and talk to me and the vendors ask, 'Are you doing it again?' and the patrons say, 'Are you going to be there on Saturday?'" she said.

Kropat said the market could accommodate up to 30 vendors, and she is working to get more signed on to fill the stalls.

"I would love to have more," she said.

Visit www.uptownfarmersmarket.com.