Everything's coming up local: Farmers market opening May 14

Everything's coming up local: Farmers market opening May 14

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Community. "That's a word I really associate with Main Street Wooster and our beautiful downtown," Main Street Wooster program manager Guinevere Steensen said.

Along with managing the Main Street Music series and Second Saturday, Steensen is the new manager of the Downtown Wooster Farmers' Market.

A Wooster tradition for 20 years, the farmers market will open for the season on Saturday, May 14. The downtown Saturday gathering is all about community — an opportunity for residents to meet, greet and socialize. It also provides a regular marketplace for local farmers and food producers to showcase and sell their wares.

"Eating locally and supporting local farmers supports our local economy and strengthens the community," Steensen said.

This year the market roster thus far boasts 24 vendors. The market will include naturally grown and certified organic vegetables, flowers that are both edible and decorative, herbs, goat milk, skin care, teas, breads, bagels, keto-friendly and regular baked goods, berries, lavender products, honey, hot sauce, mushrooms, dog treats, meats, and poultry and eggs. There also will be live music weekly at the markets, provided by an array of local musicians.

Second Saturdays will occur on the second Saturday of the month, beginning in June. On these dates market hours will be extended to include local artisan vendors and wine tastings with local wineries.

Steensen said there are numerous downtown coffee shops within a few blocks of the market. "We want people coming down to support these businesses," she said. "It's the same reasoning with food trucks. We have so many great restaurants."

Steensen said the summer also will bring the Main Street Music series to downtown Wooster. According to Steensen, on most Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, there will be free music underneath the pavilion on the square beginning at 6 p.m.

"I'm booking a variety of musicians so everyone will be able to find something they like," she said. "I love giving local talent a stage to share their music. Get some takeout from one of our downtown restaurants, a DORA beverage, and grab a seat for some good tunes."

The Downtown Wooster Farmers' Market runs weekly, rain or shine, on the northeast corner of the square in downtown Wooster on Saturdays through Oct. 8. Hours on the second Saturday of the month are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. All other Saturdays are 8 a.m. to noon. On May 21 and Oct. 1, the market moves to South Walnut Street between Liberty and West South Street due to other downtown events.

The Downtown Wooster Farmers' Market is presented by Main Street Wooster with the support of primary sponsor E&H Ace Hardware, along with Smile Doctors and Briggs Financial Group.

All music presented downtown is provided in partnership with the City of Wooster.

"To me downtown Wooster really is the heart of this beautiful place we call home," Steensen said. "It's a place for us to gather and celebrate. Main Street Wooster is here to support our partners and bring fun and vibrancy to our downtown."

Some spots remain for musicians, and those interested are invited to apply online at www.mainstreetwooster.org/main-street-music. Steensen said she is particularly looking for more female performers and someone to play steel drums.

For anyone interested in participating as a regular vendor at the market, there may still be availability. It also is possible to attend just once. Apply online at www.mainstreetwooster.org/farmers-market.

The artisan market is a separate application process. Local makers may email Steensen at Guinevere@mainstreetwooster.org to request an application.

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