|A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28, to kick off the city of West Carrollton’s first Farmers Market located at 833 E. Central Ave.The market will begin on May 28 and continue through October 22 – open each Tuesday from 3 to 7 p.m. Eight vendors are signed up to participate during the season. Some vendors will begin later in the summer when their produce is ripe.Those eight vendors include:
Blairquist Speciality Meats (dairy shares, meat) of Hollansburg;
Bubbles, Bows & More (handmade detergents, soaps) of Moraine;
El Meson Restaurant (fruits, vegetables, herbs, baked goods) of West Carrollton;
Karolyn’s Gardens (fruits, vegetables, jams, jellies, soaps) of Springboro;
Silva Scensations (soaps, shower gels, foot cream, body cream) of Centerville;
Spring Valley Farm (fruits & vegetables)of New Madison;
Tom’s Garden (hot sauces & mustard) of Xenia;
Downing Fruit Farm (fruits & vegetables) of New Madison.
Additional vendors will be accepted as the season progresses. However, prior to participation, vendors are required to file an application permit, as well as pay a fee of $175 per 22-week season or $20 per week. Vendors, who are interested in more information, can contact Erika Mattingly, public relations coordinator, at (937) 847-4634 or e-mail[email protected]“> [email protected].
The market will be held on a vacant lot, formerly a McDonald’s restaurant site, which is owned by the city. “This seemed like the ideal location because it’s easily accessible and has right the combination of green space and pavement for parking,” said Brad Townsend, city manager.
According to statistics from the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission, about 13,000 vehicles pass the site each day. “With our newly improved interstate access at Exit 47, we are excited to be able to showcase our community as well as provide fresh fruits and vegetables to our residents and visitors,” Townsend said.
A Facebook page has been recently created to highlight the new market, and keep up with vendors as they are added.