Warmer weather and the start of summer herald the opening of farmers markets in many communities.

Canal Winchester's farmers market opened May 26 and will be open from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays through Sept. 29 near city offices and Stradley Place.

Groveport's farmers market opened for the season May 29 on Main Street between Ace Hardware and Groveport Town Hall. Its hours are 5-8 p.m. Tuesdays through Sept. 25.

"The city of Groveport is dedicated to the success of the market," market manager Bruce Jarvis said. "They've really stepped up and helped make it a really more robust event."

Beginning in June, the market will have live music on the third Tuesday of each month.

Special events will be held on the first Tuesday of each month, including Farm Days on June 5, with farm animals and antique tractors and equipment on display; a Red, White and Kids Celebration on July 3, with games, face painting and a patriotic kids parade; Dog Days of August on Aug. 7, with dog competitions; and Customer Appreciation Day on Sept. 4, with free hotdogs, corn on the cob and bottled water.

The market, which moved to the downtown site last year, again will feature a variety of produce, baked goods and handcrafted items.

"There's a slow start to the market as far as produce goes, with only a few things available," Jarvis said. "But we have our vendors with baked goods and other handmade things."

The market has been around for 13 years at different sites, including the Groveport Recreation Center and Groveport Elementary School.

However, the locations away from high-traffic areas led to smaller crowds.

The new location offers plenty of parking, Jarvis said.

Canal Winchester's market -- one of the longest-running in central Ohio -- is marking its 20th season.

More than a dozen vendors selling everything from produce to local honey to sweet pies to dog treats to naturally raised beef are listed on the market's web page, thecwfm.com.

"We have new vendors and some of the returning favorites as well," said Karen Stiles, executive director of Destination: Canal Winchester. "So (patrons) are certainly going to see a large variety of fruits and vegetables. (Growers) are returning and more are coming."

The market will be closed July 28 for the Canal Winchester Blues & Ribfest and Sept. 1 for the Canal Winchester Labor Day Festival.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates more than 3 million consumers shop at farmers markets.

To sell, vendors must follow guidelines set by the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Ohio law includes two categories of regulation that include baked goods: cottage food regulations and home bakery.

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