By Christine Bryant
This year’s Reynoldsburg Farmers’ Market will kick off June 16 and organizers say the weekly showcase for locally grown food will continue to attract some of the best vendors in the business.
The market will be held from 3-6 p.m. on Thursdays in Huber Park, located behind the Senior Center at 1520 Davidson Drive.
Now in its ninth season, the farmers’ market draws nearly 1,000 visitors each week, and this year will feature more than 20 vendors. Shoppers will find many of their favorite vendors returning, said Kristin Hampton-Harmon, Reynoldsburg Farmers’ Market manager.
These include Wishwell Farms, Black Thai Farm, Olde Village Meats, Great Harvest Bread Company, Darby Creek Beef, Ohio Farm Direct, Golden Harvest Farm and Midway Concessions.
New this year include vendors Barnes and Soapel, which sells soaps and lotions; Allison’s Challah with her unique breads; Nom Nom Nom, which sells fresh, homemade dog treats; Novo Terra Farm, which will bring a wide variety of produce and cream pies; Ebenhach Farm, which grows acres of fresh blackberries and strawberries; and B’Scotti Homemade Biscotti.
A few high-quality crafters also will join the market this season, Hampton-Harmon said.
“We are really excited about this season and hope residents will take advantage of being able to find fresh, unique items right here in Reynoldsburg,” she said.
Mayor Brad McCloud will kick off the farmers’ market season by performing from 4-6 p.m. June 16, and the Pitabilities food truck will be onsite.
Each week, a different food truck will be present, including Alice’s Comfort Table, Salt and Pepper BBQ, Betty’s Kitchen, Handsome Hog, Dog Gone Dog and others.
“It has been successful, and several of the better-known food trucks return each year because they are happy with their sales,” Hampton-Harmon said. “Hopefully we can spread the word even more this year so people come to the market and grab dinner while they shop.”
Hampton-Harmon said organizers are also working on planning a few special activities for both kids and adults. Though plans are still in the works, she confirmed that on June 30, the festival will have a “beach party” in which kids will make beach-themed sun catchers for free and 200 leis will be distributed.
Other plans in the works include having a local food blogger and chef onsite who will create recipes using items found in the farmers’ market, as well as give out samples and copies of her recipe. A date for this has not yet been determined, Hampton-Harmon said, but noted to check the market’s Facebook page for updates.
The Reynoldsburg Farmers’ Market is approved by the USDA, and therefore accepts SNAP benefits, Hampton-Harmon said. Individual vendors accept credit/debit cards, but the market itself does not.