Reynoldsburg's farmers market will open for the season June 15, offering fresh fruits, vegetables and fresh bakery items.
The market will be open from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursdays at Huber Park, 1520 Davidson Drive, and will run weekly through Sept. 7, market manager Jennifer Clemens said.
"I am really excited to be a part of the farmers market this year," she said. "I love what the market represents: healthy eating and community."
The outdoor market celebrates 10 years this year, Reynoldsburg Mayor Brad McCloud said.
A musician as well as mayor, McCloud will play his guitar and sing classic rock and country music songs on opening day of the market -- something he has done on the market's opening day for several years.
"Located in the heart of the city, the Reynoldsburg farmers market becomes a community gathering point every Thursday during the summer months," he said. "As we celebrate the market's 10th year, I invite everyone to Huber Park to enjoy some of Ohio's finest fruits, vegetables and baked goods and to rekindle old acquaintances and perhaps make some new ones."
Clemens said the market will feature more than 20 vendors. Some returning favorites include Wishwell Farms, Rusty Star Primitive, Olde Village Meats, Great Harvest Bread Co., Darby Creek Beef, Golden Harvest Farm, Frostop, Midway Concessions and B'Scotti.
New vendors this year include Tiger Mushroom Farm, offering a variety of mushrooms; Ocean's Friend Aquaculture, selling live and/or fresh Pacific whiteleg saltwater shrimp; Made Without Grain, offering a wide variety of gluten-free grain products; and Woolf Farms, with a selection of fresh fruits and vegetables, Clemens said.
She said another new vendor, Maple Mist Farm, will bring 100 percent pure maple syrup, sugar, cream and maple cotton candy.
"We will also be offering a Compost It program at the market this year, so be sure to stop by their tent and check it out," she said.
A new incentive program this year, called Veggie Snaps, is for residents using EBT (electronic benefit transfer) cards at the market. People shopping with EBT/SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) cards may get up to $10 in free fruits and vegetables.
Tim Toole, a local resident and chef, will cook at the June 29 market as part of a series called "What's for Dinner?"
"Tim will use only ingredients purchased at the market to make a dish that will be easy to replicate and prepare for your family," Clemens said.
This year's farmers market is sponsored by Heartland Bank, French Run Dental, British Swim School, Cotner Funeral Home, Orange Theory Fitness and Fisher's Gardens.
In addition to McCloud's musical performance June 15, the Pitabilities food truck will be parked at the market that day, Clemens said.
"We are also holding a food drive for Reynoldsburg Helping Hands," sahe said. "Bring two canned food items and take a tethered hot air balloon ride sponsored by Balloon Masters Inc."
She said people interested in learning more about market day schedules and what will be featured each Thursday should "like" the Reynoldsburg Farmers Market Facebook page.