Find it at the Farmers’ Market

Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
After making her annual trip to the local BMV, Rachel Griffith decided to do something much more pleasant – shop around for food and flowers at the 34th annual Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce Farmers’ Market on May 22. “It’s so much more enjoyable,” she said. Here, Griffith picks out which carnations she wanted to purchase from the vendor Blooming Boar Farm out of Mt. Sterling. According to Shawn Conrad, the executive director of the Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce, more than 50 vendors have committed to participate in the 2021 Farmers’ Market, which runs every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon through Sept. 11 at 3444 Park St. The current crop of vendors is primarily selling homemade goods or meats, but soon those who sell their produce will start to trickle in. “They’re coming,” said Conrad.
Sarah Hipple, the owner of the Grove City based Mystics and Mayhem Bakery, arranges mini muffins, butter tea cookies and scones at her station. Hipple, who runs her bakery out of home, said she hopes to open her own storefront one day.
Mara Thomas and her son Malek, 4, do not consider themselves to be expert gardeners. “We’re very much new to gardening,” she said. Yet the residents of Grove City have decided to start with these watermelon seedlings purchased at the market. “We’ll see how it goes,” she said. “Hopefully it will turn out well.”
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