(Posted June 1, 2021)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
Farmers market season has begun or is about to in communities across Madison County. Depending on the market, that means fresh produce, meats, baked goods, crafts and more.
Madison County Farmers Market
The Madison County Producers Association kicked off their 2021 farmers market June 5 at their usual location in front of Tractor Supply Center at 300 Lafayette St. in London. The market runs from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.
“We got a later start last year because of COVID. We started in July instead of June, but we still did well,” said Seth Osborne, organizer. “We’re glad to be back to our normal schedule this year.”
Osborne expects approximately 20 vendors to take part in the market this year. Some set up throughout the season, and some set up for part of the season. Offerings include vegetables, baked goods, and crafts. All vendors are Madison County residents who grow their produce and make their goods in the county.
For a vendor application and more information, call Seth Osborne at (614) 989-9091 or inquire at one of the Saturday markets.
West Jefferson Farmers Market
The West Jefferson Farmers Market gets rolling on June 12 and will continue to roll on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot at Pat’s Pizza & Pub, 55 E. Main St., West Jefferson.
“It looks like we’re going to have quite a few vendors. Right now, it looks like about 12,” said Terry Lambert, who organizes the market with Nola Lambert and Sherry Hook.
Customers can expect to find fruits, vegetables, cakes, pies, crafts, clothing, soap, and bratwurst, among other items. Lambert also hopes to have food trucks on site periodically through the season.
“We had a really good season last year. People were interested in getting a lot of stuff and just being able to get out on a Saturday. Our vendors said they had a good year,” said Lambert, who looks forward to the same this year.
Vendor spaces measure 10×10 feet. To reserve a space, call Lambert at (740) 837-0131 or stop by during market hours.
Plain City’s Uptown Farmers Market
The village of Plain City is looking for vendors for its Uptown Farmers Market which is returning to its original location in the flatiron area at the intersection of Main and Chillicothe streets.
“We’re happy to be back in the center of town. It gives us better visibility,” said Linda Granger, Plain City’s parks and recreation director, who co-organizes the market with Haley Lupton. The market temporarily moved to the former Plain City Elementary building last year, in part to meet COVID-related traffic flow regulations.
The market’s grand opening is set for July 4. 4:30-7 p.m., to coincide with the village’s Independence Day festivities. From then on, the market will be open from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays, July 8-Oct. 7.
Haley Lupton, who is coordinating the vendors, said she hopes to see 15 to 20 vendors at this year’s market. The participants who have already committed sell everything from vegetables, meat, honey and home-baked goods to jewelry, crafts, succulent arrangements, and homemade dog treats.
Vendor spaces are $5 per week or $30 for the season. Applications can be found at www.plain-city.com.
The Procter Store, 119 S. Main St., London, has been up and running since April 1. Hours are: 12-5 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. The store stays open until 8 p.m. the second Friday of each month to coincide with the downtown Shop Hops.
Organized by the Procter Conference Center, the store is an indoor farmers market that sells a wide variety of goods from the Procter Center farm and several other growers, farmers and artisans, the vast majority of whom are local.
“We partner with seven farms. Six of them are here in London,” said Danielle Vogel, store manager and Procter Center’s farm business development manager. “It’s incredible that we are able to source a lot of our food from right up the road.”
Customers can find fresh vegetables, milk, chicken, pork, beef, lamb, honey, maple syrup, baked goods, candies, ground coffee, jewelry, candles, home decor, soaps, bath bombs, loose-leaf herbal teas, and more. Thanks to raised garden beds and greenhouse growing, the store started offering radishes, lettuce, microgreens, peas, and fresh-cut herbs shortly after opening. One the partner farms has been bringing in asparagus and green onions. The offerings will continue to rotate and expand as the season goes on.
“We have knowledgeable salespeople on staff to give background and detail on any of the products,” Vogel said.
This marks the store’s third year. The past two years, the store has operated from spring through late December. Organizers are considering year-round hours.
“At least once a week, we have people saying they would like to see us stay open year-round,” Vogel said. “We are considering it, possibly with abbreviated hours in January through March.”
For details about the store or for a vendor application, visit the store’s new website at www.proctercenter.org/store, call (740) 490-6072, or visit “Procter Store” on Facebook.