The Grandview Avenue farmers market will open its ninth season Saturday, June 2.

The Grandview Avenue farmers market will open its ninth season Saturday, June 2.

"For the first few weeks we'll have sort of a 'pre-market market,'" said Becky Hetteberg, who serves as market coordinator with Dorothy Pritchard.

In the opening weeks, the market will feature vendors selling baked goods and non-produce items, Hetteberg said.

"Some of us can't wait to get started," she said. "It's a chance to take advantage of the nice late-spring weather."

The market will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday through Oct. 6 in the parking lot by Figlio and Vino Vino, between 1371 and 1391 Grandview Ave.

About six or seven vendors are expected to participate in June before the full slate of growers, featuring fruits and vegetables and other produce, join in the festivities beginning July 7, Hetteberg said.

The parking lot by Figlio worked well in 2011, its first year as the market's location, she said.

"It's a larger space that allows us to host more vendors, and the foot traffic along that portion of Grandview Avenue really has picked up with the opening of the Windsor Building by Wagenbrenner and the other new businesses in the area," Hetteberg said.

"Grandview Avenue is such an ideal location for a market," she said. "You can come out and do some shopping, have brunch and stop by the farmers market."

Live music will be featured each week, and a Chef's Tent will feature tastings and demonstrations by local chefs creating dishes using fresh market produce, Hetteberg said.

During the June 2 market, the Chef's Tent will feature demonstrations by Whole Foods, she said.

While the early weeks will feature mostly nonproduce items, Jacquemin Farms of Plain City plans to be on hand with its strawberry crop, said Kerry Sullivan, Jacquemin's manager.

"With the warm winter and spring we've had, our strawberry crop came in early this year," she said. "It's a good crop, although the strawberries are a little smaller than usual this year."

The warm winter really didn't hurt the crop, Sullivan said. It just caused the berries to ripen early, "so people who like to come out and pick berries had to readjust their schedules."

Later this summer, Jacquemin will sell such items as green beans, summer squash, sweet corn and cucumbers at the market, she said.

The farm has participated every year in the Grandview Avenue market.

"We really like coming to Grandview Avenue," Sullivan said. "It's a nice location and we always do well there."

Among the new vendors at this year's market will be local bakery the French Loaf and Granny B Farms, a noncertified organic fruit and vegetable farm from Centerburg, Hetteberg said.

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