From real maple syrup to freshly baked bread, vegetables, fruit and even fresh mushrooms, the selections were varied and plentiful on opening day of the Reynoldsburg Farmers Market on June 15.

Market hours are 3 to 6 p.m. every Thursday through Sept. 7 near the senior center at Huber Park, 1520 Davidson Drive.

Market manager Jennifer Clemens said the sunny, hot afternoon drew a crowd of shoppers.

"It also has been exciting to meet all the vendors in person," she said. "We have a good mix of vendors today, from returning favorites like Great Harvest Bread to new ones like Tiger Mushroom Farm."

She said the market offers healthy fare to shoppers, but also is about connecting with the community.

A community booth is open each week for use by nonprofit organizations and groups.

"We have some really great programs already lined up, but we still have openings for the community booth," Clemens said.

Interested groups should email Clemens at farmersmarket@ci.reynoldsburg.oh.us.

The outdoor market celebrates 10 years this year and features about 20 vendors per week.

Returning favorites include Wishwell Farms, Rusty Star Primitive, Olde Village Meats, Darby Creek Beef, Frostop and Golden Harvest Farm.

New vendors include Ocean's Friend Aquaculture, Made Without Grain and Woolf Farms.

Another new vendor, Maple Mist Farm, offered 100 percent pure maple syrup, sugar, cream and maple cotton candy.

Lisa and Eric Dilts from Fredericktown said another vendor recommended the Reynoldsburg Farmers Market to them.

"This is a really quaint city market," Lisa Dilts said.

She said the products they sell are all 100 percent pure and natural.

"We take what the trees give us and make a natural product," she said.

Customer Lee Woolever said she makes it to the market every opening day.

"I like seeing more fruit for sale and love the bread," she said. "It's also nice having it here in our neighborhood, at Huber. Great to see the mayor here, too, and see him like a regular guy, singing with his guitar."

Mayor Brad McCloud and local musician Bruce Smith performed a number of country music and classic rock songs, on opening day of the market.

Also new this year is an incentive program called Veggie Snaps, for residents using EBT (electronic benefit transfer) cards. People shopping with EBT/SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) cards could get up to $10 in free fruits and vegetables.

Tim Toole, a local resident and chef, will cook at the June 29 market as part of a series called "What's for Dinner?"

A food truck or two would also be available on market days, Clemens said.

She said people can learn more about market day offerings and schedules on the Reynoldsburg Farmers Market Facebook page.

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