Get your baskets and reusable bags ready -- the Grandview Avenue Farmers Market will open for the season Saturday, July 7.

The market will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through Oct. 27 in the parking lot between 1371 and 1391 Grandview Ave.

"We'll have mostly returning vendors this year, ones that people look forward to seeing at the market," said market manager Marcy Musson of the Pearl Alley Growers' Association.

The returning vendors will include Jacquemin Farms and Musson's own Musson Produce, both of which will offer fruit and vegetables for sale each week.

"Grandview Avenue is a really great location for a market," Musson said. "There's a lot of activity going on and we get a lot of walk-up customers who stop by the market."

The market will feature live music on select days, and the annual Apple Day will be Sept. 15.

"You can stop by the market on that day and get a free apple," Musson said.

Some nonprofit organizations also will participate in the market on select Saturdays, she said.

The Twin Valley Behavior Healthcare Hospital will raise funds by selling mums Oct. 6. The state psychiatric hospital is located at 2200 W. Broad St. in Columbus.

Musson said she is eager to get the farmers market season going after another challenging growing season for farmers.

"It seems like every year there's some sort of issues you're dealing with," she said.

"If it's not too dry, then there's too much rain. If it's not too hot, then it's too cold."

This year, the problem has been heavy rains.

"It's been such a wet spring," Musson said. "At our farm, on June 22 alone, we got 1.9 inches of rainfall -- but we're making it through and will be ready for the market.

"That's what you do when you're growing things," she said. "You work with the cards dealt to you the best you can."

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