The fifth annual Prairie Township Farmers Market kicks off June 10 with more than a dozen vendors and an expanded offering of special events.
The markets will be held rain or shine from 4-7 p.m. every Monday through Sept. 9 at the Prairie Township Community Center, 5955 W. Broad St. No market will be held on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2.
"We have more vendors than ever -- at least 17 -- and more activities planned this year," said Michael Pollack, facility supervisor at the community center. "We've added two more special-event days, and there will be a food truck every week."
More than 3,000 people attended Prairie Township's summer market last year, Pollack said.
Coffee, honey and maple-syrup vendors were added this year, as were more produce and food-truck offerings.
"People really responded to the food trucks, and it helped turn the market into a community event," he said. "We've added some seating for the food trucks so it's really more of a weekly experience.
"We're trying to build upon what has been successful in the previous years and it's been exciting to watch it grow."
This year, the market will offer five special-event days, with expanded entertainment and programs:
* June 10: Market Kickoff will feature food trucks from Tortilla and Miller's Homemade Ice Cream, cooking demos and nutrition education from Ohio State University, children's crafts, face painting and a storytime presented by the Westland Area Library.
* July 8: Bring the Farm to You will feature Schmidt's Sausage and Miller's Homemade Ice Cream food trucks, cooking demos and nutrition education from Ohio State University and a visit from farm animals.
* Aug. 5: National Farmers Market Week includes the Schmidt's Sausage and Sweet Cheese food trucks, zucchini races, a corn-eating contest and children's activities.
* Aug. 12: Children's Fair includes Blasian Grill and Miller's Homemade Ice Cream food trucks, face painting, balloon twisting and more.
* Sept. 9: The last market of 2019 will include Blasian Grill and Sweet Cheese food trucks, cooking demos and nutrition education from Ohio State University and children's activities, including touch-a-tractor.
The Prairie Township market again will partner with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program so recipients can use their benefits at the market. SNAP doubled its "produce perks" incentive for fresh fruits and vegetables up to $20 -- meaning SNAP recipients can get $40 worth of food for $20, Pollack said.
The market accepts cash and credit cards. An information booth on site will assist those using SNAP benefits.
A food-truck schedule can be found online at tinyurl.com/yysc5j62.
For more information on the Prairie Township Farmers Market, call 614-907-7990 or visit https://tinyurl.com/yybllmvu.