Scenes from the final Reynooldsburg farmers market of the season at Huber Park
Hundreds of Reynoldsburg farmer's market attendees gave a "thumbs up" to wine sales this summer.
Canal Winchester-based Wagon Wheel Wines was among 26 vendors participated this season, which ran from June 6 to Sept. 5. Held Thursdays at Huber Park, 1520 Davidson Drive, the market concluded its 12th year.
City Council earlier this year unanimously voted to waive the city's prohibition on alcohol in its public parks during farmers market hours, allowing an Ohio winemaker to be added to the list of vendors for the first time.
The city received an F-10 permit from the Ohio Department of Commerce Division of Liquor Control, allowing wine samples and sealed containers to be sold by vendors with an A-2 or S permit.
That permit allows 1-ounce wine samples to be "sold" for a small fee -- typically $1 or less -- and the sale of bottles for off-premises consumption.
The city must reapply for the permit each year, officials said.
"The wine vendor had a fantastic first year, and the shoppers loved having this element at the market," said Jennifer Clemens, market manager. "With the approval of council, we will apply for the permit again next year."
A smaller winter market will run on the third Thursdays from Oct. 17 through March 19, 2020, at the senior center next to Huber Park.
"Considering the later growing season we had this year, we had a great mix of vendors, music and food this season. All I would change for next year is adding a little more sunshine on Thursdays," Clemens said.