Vendors lined the sidewalk on Sandusky Street with fresh food, sweets and hand-crafted items as the Delaware farmers market kicked off this weekend.

Vendors lined the sidewalk on Sandusky Street with fresh food, sweets and hand-crafted items as the Delaware farmers market kicked off this weekend.

The seasonal market opened Saturday, May 25, and will run from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays and 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 26.

Vendors will set up on the shaded side of Sandusky Street in downtown Delaware north of the intersection with William Street.

The market is more than a place to get fresh, locally grown food, organizer Frances Hamilton said.

"It's just a nice way to spend your Saturday morning," she said.

Organizers expected about 20 to 30 vendors for the market's opening week, with early summer produce such as lettuce, asparagus and tomatoes; the offerings will expand as the season progresses.

At the peak of the season, the market usually draws about 50 vendors, Hamilton said.

In addition to produce, residents will find cheese, yogurt and lots of baked goods.

Other vendors will sell flowers and potted plants.

The Delaware market also features craft items from local artisans. One vendor this season will sell hand-crafted onion bowls made from clay he scooped from his garden; another will sell custom denim aprons made from blue jeans.

Craft items are juried and make up no more than 15 percent of the market.

Hamilton said the farmers market, which is organized by Main Street Delaware, always is in need of volunteers to help set up signs before the market starts, collect vendor fees and perform other tasks.

To volunteer, email her at mainstreetdelaware@yahoo.com.

Vouchers are available to senior citizens age 60 and older through the Council for Older Adults of Delaware County, redeemable at the Delaware Farmers Market and other farmers markets around the county.

The vouchers can be used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables, herbs, baked goods, honey and food-bearing plants.

Vouchers will be distributed starting Saturday, June 1, at the Center for Older Adults, 800 Cheshire Road, as well as at the Main Street, fairgrounds, Powell and Sunbury farmers markets.