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June is a Big Month at Canal Market District!

The Canal Market is off to a fantastic start this year! We've been thrilled to see many familiar faces at our markets over the past month, and we're meeting lots of new folks, too. Thanks to you, the wonderful CMD community, for continuing to support the small businesses that make the market what it is!

Meanwhile, summertime is here! We have a big month planned, and we hope you'll be a part of it! In this newsletter, you'll find updates about upcoming events, what to expect at the market this month, and information on how you can get involved!

EVENTS IN JUNE

Tuesdy, June 5 - Opening Tuesday Market
4 to 7 PM

The Tuesday evening farmers' market returns next week on June 5th! The Tuesday Market welcomes back many of your Tuesday evening favorites like BYOB Home Bakery, Thousand Hill Acres, and Cat Run Ranch flowers. You'll also have the opportunity to shop with a rotating cast of craft vendors on Tuesday evenings--everything from quilts to candles. Make sure to join this Facebook event or sign up for text alerts to get reminders on market day!

Friday, June 15 - Wellness Day
4 to 7 PM

Shopping at the farmers market for fresh food is just one part of living a healthy lifestyle! We've recruited local organizations and businesses to set up 10 wellness stations at the farmers market on June 15. Each station will have a different activity and theme. Pick up a Wellness Day passport, visit all of the stations, and then turn in your completed passport for a chance to win an awesome farmers market' prize: $50 in gift tokens to the market and some Canal Market District swag! The first 20 people to complete their passports will automatically receive a $5 token. 

In conjunction with Wellness Day, there will be a 1 mile fun walk starting at the Canal Market District center pavilion, starting at 4:30 pm. Thank you to Rehab Associates for coordinating this walk! 

We are grateful to the Licking County Foundation and Rehab Associates for sponsoring our first Wellness Day! 

Saturday, June 23 - Summerfest Market
2 to 5 PM

We've added a special market to celebrate Newark's first ever Summerfest! If you haven't heard, the Budweiser Clydesdales are returning to town for three days June 21-23, and Newark is throwing a big party to celebrate! There will be a three day lineup of parades and music, all happening downtown and at the Canal Market District. On Saturday, we will host a special event with vendors from both the farmers market and the craft market. For a full vendor list, check out our Facebook event for updates. More info on Summerfest can be found here.

Saturday, June 30 - Farm Fair (Summer Fundraiser)
5:30 to 9 PM
$10 | Free for kids under 10

Join us for a concert by The Wayfarers with Rocky Fork, food from local restaurants, beer and wine, and old-fashioned carnival games for the whole family! Celebrate the long, lazy days of summer and help support the Canal Market District's mission to expand community access to healthy, local food. Click here for more details and updates! You can also buy your tickets online now.

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors, who help us keep the Canal Market District thriving!

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FARM REPORT

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June is the first of four "peak produce" months in Ohio (June through September). Not coincidentally, it is also the start of our four-month Tuesday Market season! We know what brings out the crowds: juicy strawberries (they're here!), crisp cucumbers, and saucy tomatoes. Here's our best guess of what to expect at the Canal Market District over the month of June:

EARLY JUNE: Salad greens, strawberries, radishes, and plant starts for your own garden. Leafy greens like kale and chard are a great staple.

MID JUNE: A few early tomatoes, cucumbers, and more strawberries! Kale and chard should stick around. Possibly some early raspberries.

LATE JUNE: Raspberries! Blueberries! Tomatoes! Cukes! Possibly green beans, but more likely we'll see those in July. 

Of course, these are just educated guesses. No one knows what the weather will do! Eating seasonally is always an adventure and a surprise. 

GET INVOLVED

VOLUNTEER

Love the market? Love our mission of expanding community access to healthy, local food and promoting local economic development? Become a volunteer! We are always looking for help at our farmers markets, craft markets, special events, and at our Food Enterprise Hub. 

Sign up to volunteer here!

DONATE

The Canal Market District and Enterprise Hub is a nonprofit organization that relies on community support. To make a donation that supports a healthier, more vibrant local food system, click here.