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The Suburbanite
  • Fresh produce, new vendors heart of Green Farmer’s Market

  • Leafy greens, crisp vegetables and fresh meats will stock the booths every Tuesday at the Green Farmer’s Market until Oct. 8.

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  • Leafy greens, crisp vegetables and fresh meats will stock the booths every Tuesday at the Green Farmer’s Market until Oct. 8. Now in its fifth year, the market opened on June 18 in a new location and welcomed several new vendors for the 2013 season.
    This year, the market will take place each Tuesday evening next to the Central Administration Building on Town Park Boulevard. City of Green Communications Manager Valerie Wolford said the market’s new location will provide easier access and a more serene setting.
    “Originally, the market was held at Boettler Park — a beautiful, peaceful setting — but not convenient for the majority of people who live or work in Green,” Wolford said. “So we moved the location to the parking lot of the YMCA, which was certainly convenient, but it was still a parking lot. The move to the grassy lot next to the Central Administration fulfills both desires to have a convenient location and a park-like setting.”
    The initiative for the weekly market began five years ago after Green Mayor Dick Norton wanted to bring something to the community that focused on combatting the obesity epidemic and celebrating the area’s local agricultural splendor, according to Kim Goodhart, the special events and program coordinator for the city of Green.
    Goodhart said vendor rules at the market dictate that only locally-grown or made products may be sold.
    “We wanted to instill that we are promoting local as well as healthy,” Goodhart said. “If you come to our market expecting corn right now, you’re not going to get it.”
    Goodhart also said that the city visits vendors’ farms and makes sure that they’re not stocking their booths with wholesale products or foods that weren’t grown in the area. It was important to the city to provide an experience unique to Green that set itself apart from places such as the Hartville Marketplace, according to Goodhart.
    Wolford said the farmer’s market experience stands out compared to indoor supermarkets since it’s outdoors and hinges upon farm-to-table transactions.
    “Being able to purchase food directly from the farmer or producer is, in itself, an experience unlike what is offered at grocery stores,” she said.
    The market welcomes more than 30 venders who offer up produce, meat, honey, baked goods, pierogis and even goat’s milk soaps. New venders this year include American Serenade Coffee, Tea & Wine, Juice Plus, Log Cabin Farms and Olde School Donuts. Wolford said that while many merchants come back each week, the market welcomes new vendors throughout the season. The goal, according to Wolford, is to provide a support system for both vendors and residents.
    “These markets are about supporting each other through something so basic — food,” she said. “Shoppers are supporting the local farmer, and farmers are providing quality food at great value for our residents.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Musical acts are lined up nearly every week this summer, according to Goodhart, and will include bands that play everything from soft rock to folk music. Acts include Bobby Patetta, One String Short, Lisa Malyuk and Brian Lisik.
    Goodhart said the farmer’s market experience is meant to draw a wide variety of people.
    “I’m hoping that locally grown fresh produce and vegetables will bring families here,” Goodhart said. “We do try and make it easy, so if you have too much in your hands and don’t want your little ones carrying things, we provide wagons to use.”
    Wolford said that along with other city programming, the market is meant to provide both new ways to access food and simultaneously unify residents.
    “It brings people together, which is essential to a strong community,” she said.
    The market will take place every Tuesday through Oct. 8, rain or shine, from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Central Administration Building, 1755 Town Park Blvd. in Green. For more information, visit www.cityofgreen.com.