Spring has sprung, and among the annual rites of season locally is the Upper Arlington Farmers Market.

This year's market returned May 16, and will be held every Wednesday -- rain or shine -- from 3 to 6 p.m. in the parking lot of the Upper Arlington Senior Center, 1945 Ridgeview Road.

"From the farm to the dinner table all in one day," said Mac Kinney, Upper Arlington recreation program assistant. "The person selling you the produce picked it this morning.

"It's a good feeling knowing that the green pepper was picked this morning by the guy behind the table."

Kinney said this year's market will feature 14 to 18 vendors each week.

Their offerings vary throughout the growing season, but each year, vegetables, fruits, baked goods, artisan bread, grass-fed beef, kettle corn, lemonade shake-ups, pies, cookies and flowers are among the selection.

Vendors hail from throughout central Ohio, Kinney said, and one travels weekly from Wooster.

"We are 'Ohio Proud' so all vendors are local and all produce is locally grown," he said. "We find that patrons like to know where their produce is coming from.

"Upper Arlington Farmers Market vendors are required to produce what they sell."

New this year is a featured food truck each week. The schedule will be posted on the city's Facebook page.

Local artist Ryan Smith will provide musical accompaniment while guests shop, and the Peak of the Pick will return Aug. 15 with live music, face painting and vendor samples.

"Come out and enjoy the atmosphere and see what all central Ohio has to offer when it comes to produce and other locally made or grown items," Kinney said. "The food trucks are here this year to encourage people to hang around and have dinner with their family while enjoying the market."

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