Lancaster Farmers Market Season Begins May 3: Fresh, Local Produce, Meat, Crafts, Baked Goods, Flowers, and More Available Through October
Lancaster, OH—The 2014 Lancaster Farmers Market season begins Saturday, May 3. The market features more than 30 seasonal vendors with fresh fruit and vegetables, baked goods, meats, eggs, cut flowers bouquets, preserves, jewelry, crafts, plants, syrup, body care products, and more.
“We’re excited to be kicking off another market season,” said market president Lynne Schultz of Schultz Valley Farms, a diversified specialty crop farm in Lancaster. “Our farmers take a lot of pride in bringing fresh, local food to the people of Lancaster. The market offers a great place for the community to come together and for shoppers to meet the farmers who grow their food. Most farmers are happy to answer questions, along with cooking and gardening tips. You just can’t get that experience at the grocery store.”
The market runs Saturdays May 3 through October 25 from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. and is held at the Government Services Parking Lot, located at 239 W. Main St., just blocks from downtown Lancaster. Tuesday markets are held May 6 through August 26 from 3 - 6 p.m. at the Kroger Parking Lot located at the corner of E. Main St. and Goslin Rd. in Lancaster.
“It just doesn’t get better than a vine-ripened tomato in July or a just-picked strawberry in June,” said market secretary Lauren Ketcham of Down the Road Farm, a sustainably managed vegetable, fruit, and flower farm in New Lexington. “By shopping at the farmers market, customers aren’t just getting delicious food, including hard-to-find heirloom varieties with unparalleled tastes. They’re supporting local farm families and the regional economy.”
In addition to more than 20 fruit and vegetables farmers, the market will feature:
- Hugus Fruit Farm of Rushville provides a steady stream of plums, pears, apples, blackberries, and cider throughout the fall;
- Great Harvest Bread Co. of Upper Arlington brings a wide selection of handcrafted breads, cookies, and other baked goods; and
- Berry Family Farm of Pleasantville offers market customers antibiotic- and hormone-free grass-fed beef, non-GMO fed pork, pasture-raised eggs and chicken, and jerky.
The market also features multiple craft vendors who bring jewelry, crocheted toys, handmade baskets, aprons, candles, soaps, totes, wood art, rugs, potholders, blankets, and other crafts and non-agricultural items. For a full list of vendors and products, go to www.lancasterohfarmersmarket.org/our-vendors.
The market offers ample and convenient handicap accessible parking available in both the Government Services parking lot and the Kroger parking lot. The Saturday market is located within easy walking distance of beautiful and historic downtown Lancaster, home to many restaurants, shops, museums, and community events.
Some vendors accept credit and debit cards, EBT, Ohio Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, and/or WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program coupons. Customers should look for signs on display by participating vendors.
For more information about the Lancaster Farmers Market, go to www.lancasterohfarmersmarket.org or www.facebook.com/lancasterohfarmersmarket.