The Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce Farmers' Market kicks off its 29th year on May 19.

The market will be held from 8 a.m. to noon each Saturday through Sept. 8 in the Town Center, along Broadway in downtown Grove City.

About 30 vendors are expected to participate in the spring market, which will run May 19 through June 23, said Marilyn Reiner, events manager for the chamber.

At least 40 vendors have signed up for the summer market, which begins June 30, although that number is expected to increase, Reiner said.

The market offers much more than fruits and vegetables, she said.

Vendors also offer gourmet popcorn, coffee and tea, sauces, herbs, jellies, local honey, potted plants, flowers, pasta, chicken, pork, beef, bison and fresh baked goods.

"It's really one-stop shopping and it's all healthy, with nothing processed or repackaged," Reiner said.

The market will again feature cooking demonstrations.

"They have really become a popular part of the market," Reiner said. "We provide a chef from an area restaurant or establishment $50, which they use to buy items from our vendors, then they whip up a dish using those ingredients."

The recipes for dishes the chefs create are posted the following week on the chamber website, gcchamber.org, she said.

On a date to be determined, Grove City police Chief Jeff Pearson and Jackson Township fire Chief Randy Little will compete in a cook-off.

"That's always a lot of fun," Reiner said.

Each week, market visitors can enter a raffle to win a big-screen television.

Proceeds from the raffle will be donated to the Grove City Chamber Foundation, Reiner said.

A fitness corner will be a new feature this year.

"We'll have some of our chamber members that are involved in fitness offering information about fitness programs and nutrition each week," Reiner said.

The Grove City Chamber's Farmers' Market was honored again in 2017 by being voted in the top three in The Columbus Dispatch's Farmers Market CBUS top picks.

"The farmers and vendors who participate in our market are what makes it so special, and we have such great support from the community," Reiner said.

"And the Town Center is the perfect setting for the market. It has such a wonderful, quaint feel and there are benches where you can stop and enjoy a coffee or tea from one of our vendors and pass the time talking with friends. We'll have people who'll spend most of the morning at the market," she said.

More information about the market is available at www.gcchamber.org.

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