Reynoldsburg's 11th annual summer farmers market will open June 7 with more than 18 local vendors this year, offering a variety of produce and fresh foods, including tomatoes, mushrooms, bread, beef, pasta and pies.

Kettle corn and lemonade shakes also will be available from Midway Concessions, market manager Jennifer Clemens said.

The market will be open from 4 to 7 p.m. every Thursday from June 7 through Sept. 27.

"We have so many fun things planned this season," Clemens said. "We are adding a new program called Market Sprouts for kids 12 and under, every third Thursday of the month, a program called Bring the Farm to You.

"We also will be hosting our first annual corn roast in the fall," she said.

The city extended the hours and days for this year's market after residents complained last year's hours did not fit typical work schedules.

"Patrons expressed concerns over the 6 p.m. closing time of the market last summer," Parks and Recreation Department Director Donna Bauman said.

In response, the market is open an hour later and has been extended three weeks.

"Our summer farmers market gives residents the opportunity to purchase fresh, locally grown produce, meats and cheeses, to name a few," Bauman said.

"It's also a great time for people to socialize with not only the vendors but other residents as well."

Opening day will feature Mayor Brad McCloud performing from 4 to 6 p.m., playing guitar and singing classic rock and folk songs.

"As we enter our 11th season, we continue to be very pleased with the quality of vendors the city has been able to attract," McCloud said. "Our residents benefit by being able to purchase fresh farm foods here locally."

Vendors include Allison's Challah, offering challah bread; Barnes & Soapel, with soaps and lotions; B'Scottie Homemade Biscotti; Darby Creek Beef; Doughasis, with vegan baked goods; Great Harvest Bread; Novo Terra Farm and Schultz Valley Farms, with local produce; Sue's Jams and Jellies; Ohio City Pasta; Jose Madrid Salsa, with Mexican salsa and chips; Wishwell Farms and many others.

"The Schmidt's food truck also will be on-site on opening day and we will be giving away special heirloom tomato plants to the first 100 shoppers at the market," Clemens said.

Clemens said there also will be a business tent at the market each Thursday, allowing local businesses to attend the market and talk to consumers.

Local sponsors of the market include presenting sponsor Heartland Bank, Cotner Funeral Home and French Run Family Dental.

Clemens said she is working on plans for special activities at each market for both children and adults.

"More details will be posted on our Reynoldsburg Farmers Market Facebook page," she said.

People can get weekly updates on the page as well, at www.facebook.com/reynoldsburgfarmersmarket/

"I am really excited to be planning the first annual corn roast at the market and other special events," Clemens said. "I want to create an event that residents look forward to attending every year."

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