Farmers markets in full swing in Plain City, London, West Jeff

Messenger photo by Kristy Zurbrick Ruth Weeks and Roger Weeks bag up produce for a customer at the Plain City Farmers Market, which opened July 4. The Weeks Farm is one of 20 vendors that will set up shop every Thursday through early October in the village’s flatiron area.
Messenger photo by Kristy Zurbrick
Ruth Weeks and Roger Weeks bag up produce for a customer at the Plain City Farmers Market, which opened July 4. The Weeks Farm is one of 20 vendors that will set up shop every Thursday through early October in the village’s flatiron area.

(Posted July 17, 2014)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

With cabbages, zucchini and onions ready to eat and tomatoes just starting to ripen on the vine, area farmers markets are kicking into high gear.

Plain City Farmers Market

Location: Corner of South Chillicothe Street and Route 161 in the “flatiron”

Schedule: Thursdays, 4:30-7 p.m., early July through Oct. 2

Products: Twenty vendors from Plain City and surrounding areas selling everything from fresh vegetables and flowers to bread, pretzels, honey, handmade soap and jewelry; also, food vendors selling hot items and ice cream

Special features: Occasional cooking demonstrations and recipe swaps

Vendor Info: Vendor spaces are full at this time. Anyone wishing to get on a waiting list for a space can request an application.

Contact info: Chris Long at Plain City Public Library, clong@plaincitylib.org or (614) 873-4912. The market operates under the Uptown Plain City Organization.

London Farmers Market

Location: In front of Tractor Supply Co. on Lafayette Street in London

Schedule: Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., early June through late October; official grand opening was July 12

Products: Goods and produce made and/or grown by Madison County residents in Madison County—vegetables, meats, flower arrangements, sewing crafts, handmade candles, lawn furniture, woodcrafts and more

Special features: Sometimes, vendors set up other days of the week when crops are especially plentiful, such as sweet corn. Also, the season can extend into the winter if a Christmas tree vendor signs up.

Vendor info: Anyone from the public who fits the “Madison County-made” criteria can set up on Saturdays; an application is required; there is no fee to set up. Members of the Madison County Producers Association can set up any day of the week.

Contact info: Ron Shoaf, president of the Madison County Producers Association, (740) 837-1850.

West Jefferson Farmers Market

Location: Parking lot in front of Pat’s Pizza & Subs, 55 E. Main St., West Jefferson

Schedule: Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., June 14-Oct. 18

Products: Items that vendors grow, cook, bake or make—fresh vegetables, baked goods (including pies by Madison County’s famous “Pie Lady”), jams and jellies, and handmade crafts

Special features: Non-profit groups are welcome to set up booths to sell products for fundraisers.

Vendor info: Spaces are available for $5 per week. Just show up on Saturday and ask for “Dr. Bob.” Set-up starts at 8 a.m.

Contact info: Bob Lust, manager, (614) 260-4241.

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