If there's one thing farmers know, it's that there's not much you can do about the weather.
"Today is heavenly," said Marcy Musson, Grandview Avenue Farmers Market manager, on a sunny, pleasant Aug. 5.
But this year's market has dealt with more than its share of bad weather.
"Things have been a bit slower than usual," Musson said. "When the weather's bad, people tend to stay home and not venture out as much. It's difficult for an outdoor market.
"It seems like it's either been pouring down rain or blistering hot," she said. "We're out here each weekend regardless, putting tents over the trucks if necessary."
The market is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays in the parking lot between 1371 and 1391 Grandview Ave.
Each week, eight to 10 vendors participate in the market.
Jacquemin Farms has had fairly good luck with weather this growing season at its Plain City location, said Olivia Dawson, who works there.
"It's been all right for us," she said. "We haven't had the deluge of rain that other areas have had. It seems to bypass us. We'll get a quarter-inch or so of rain when other places are dealing with an inch or two and flooding."
Cooler nighttime temperatures delayed planting at Jacquemin Farms, so some of the produce the farm has been selling in the early weeks of the Grandview market has come from other sources, Dawson said.
"We have our cucumbers, zucchini and summer squash, but our corn, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes and peppers are just about ready," she said.
Jacquemin Farms has long participated in the Grandview market, while Ulmer Family Farms is branching out, selling at the event for the first time.
But the Glenford farm isn't new.
Courtney Ulmer owns and operates the farm with her husband, Treg.
"The farm's been in my husband's family since 1837," Ulmer said. "It's a real source of pride to be involved in something that's lasted so long. You feel part of a legacy,"
Ulmer Family Farms produces pork, beef, eggs and poultry that are all natural, non-GMO, hormone- and antibiotic-free and pasture-raised, she said.
"We're looking to provide the highest quality and healthiest food possible," Ulmer said.
The farm's hens are moved daily to a different pasture, she said.
"It keeps them out in the open and they have a healthier diet eating fresh grass and insects each day," Ulmer said. "A healthier diet means they produce eggs that are healthier and more nutritious."
Another new vendor at the market, Michael Francis, sells salsa and mustard with recipes he created, ranging from mild to extreme.
"For the spiciest, I use ghost peppers," he said. "I keep the sample jars of those in the back of the table. You don't want someone trying that without realizing what they're getting into. Eating something that spicy can be a shock to the system."
"I've always been a spice person," Francis said.
What's most fun "is seeing what you can create," he said. "You get an idea and try it out, and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't."
Francis said he plans to sell a new blueberry jalapeno concoction soon.
"I'm just waiting to get final FDA approval," he said. "We've had some samples available at the farmers market and people really seem to like it. I'd describe it as sort of a blueberry-flavored barbecue."
The Grandview Avenue Farmers Market will run through Oct. 28. Upcoming promotions include free samples Saturday, Aug. 12, and free apples Sept. 16.