It's finally here! This Friday is opening day for the 2018 farmers market at Canal Market District. Rain, shine, or anything in between, 40 local vendors will be here to bring you fresh local produce, meat, eggs, cheese, jams, breads, produce, and a whole bunch more! Come down to the Canal Market District from 4 to 7 pm to pick up groceries for the weekend and support your local farmers! And don't forget that the craft market opens next weekend, May 12th.
What to Expect this Friday
Market Hours: 4 to 7 pm
We've all noticed how cold and wet this spring has been, but no one has been paying closer attention than our produce farmers. Shopping at the farmers market means eating seasonally, and this "spring," locally grown produce isn't as far along as we'd like. However, we still expect to have lots of fresh and tasty veggies at the market on opening day--things like salad greens, kale, radishes, spring onions, and rhubarb for those inclined to make pie. Please come out and support our local farmers--they need your business now in particular!
In addition to the produce (we know how much you love it!), don't forget that you can really buy most of your weekly groceries from local producers: oats, flour, cheese, bread, baked goods, jams/jellies, honey, pasta, salsas...the list goes on.
Finally, a quick word about the weather report for Friday: it might not be the picturesque spring day we were hoping for. Fortunately, we have a roof that keeps us dry, so please don't let a little rain keep you from the market!
Rain is grace; rain is the sky descending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life.
Other Activities this Week:
- Live music from Charles Sealy and Johnny Jamz
- Sample local bison chili and get the recipe from the chefs at Licking Memorial Hospital
- Greens tasting and simple prep ideas for kids! *Free stickers!*
- Perpetual Greens: Demonstration by Newark Grows (Master Gardeners)
- Interfaith Market Blessing at 5:45 pm - all are welcome!
Getting Here and Parking
We have good news for those of you who shudder at the sight of orange traffic cones: getting to and from the Canal Market District is much easier this year! No matter which direction you're coming from, there is easy access to Downtown.
- From Granville/Points West: Take 16 to the 4th Street/Downtown exit
- From Zanesville/Points East: Take I-70 to 13 North and follow it into Downtown Newark
- From Mount Vernon/Points North: Take 13 south into Downtown Newark
- From Thornville/Points South: Take 13 north into Downtown Newark
The Canal Market District is located just one block east of Route 13 (4th street) and one block south of the Licking County Courthouse between 2nd and 3rd streets. There is plenty of free parking in the downtown area, including a surface lot and a parking garage right next to the market pavilions.
Get Market Reminders
There are two great ways to get reminders on market ways! Both are free and easy to sign up.
- On Facebook: Join this event page. Facebook will automatically notify you to remind you the market is coming up, and we'll update the event weekly with vendor and event information.
- Text message: Click here to sign up for a reminder text. We will only use this on market days and the occasional (~3 times/year) special event. No spam!
The first craft market of the season is next Saturday, May 12 from 10 am to 3 pm. We have over 35 vendors signed up for this market and are looking forward to an a really fun day celebrating moms and supporting local crafters. We will have free mocktails for the first fifty moms who arrive, and live music from 11 to 1. More information about the event and a full listing of vendors can be found here.
Thank you, Kiwanis of Granville!
Canal Market District is proud to announce that we have received a grant from the Kiwanis Club of Granville to support education for kids at the farmers market around local agriculture, seasonality, and healthy eating. Their support helps us do fun activities like our greens tasting at the first farmers market on Friday. We are proud to work with Kiwanis to teach the next generation of Licking County kids about agriculture.
Ramps: the Veggie You Didn't Know You Loved
Although they've gotten a lot more popular in recent years, most people still haven't heard of ramps! Ramps, also known as wild leeks, are in the same family as garlic and onions. They taste something like shallots crossed with garlic and are great for stir frying or grilling. You can find them for only a very short window in early spring each year, and they'll be at the farmers market on Friday!
We Need Your Help! Sponsorship Opportunities
Love the market? We need your help! We are looking for sponsors to support our midsummer event, the Farm Fair, which will be a concert and old-fashioned carnival with food from local restaurants. We are also looking for sponsors to support our live music program! If you're interested in learning more, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the contact form on the website. Your sponsorship helps make the Canal Market District a vibrant part of the Newark community.
...And while we're on the topic, you can also make an individual donation to the Canal Market District. If you love CMD and love the market, consider making a gift. We are a nonprofit organization, and we rely on donations from folks like you to make the Canal Market District thrive!
Thank You, Granville Christian Academy!
Thanks to our friends at GCA and the City of Newark for helping us get the District looking ship-shape for the new season!