(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, email@example.com 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.