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Rooted in the county's history, culture, & local bounty.

Our mission is to improve community access to healthy, local food and promote economic development rooted in the county’s history, culture, and local bounty. We will improve the livelihood of local food producers and entrepreneurs, and encourage development of new food-related businesses and jobs.

The Canal Market District isn’t just about finding fresh, local produce. It’s about building relationships with the people that make up this community.

What we do

Twice-weekly farmers market

Craft Market

Special Events

Food Enterprise Hub

 

As our city prepares to restore the south side, we want to solidify our commitment to revitalization by providing a space that encourages everyone to learn and grow together. Several urban renewal projects in the downtown area are contributing to a pivotal time in our history. With the help of local leaders, fellow citizens and the city of Newark, we have been working to improve the quality of life in our community. Bringing healthy, affordable, and locally produced food to our community is central to this revitalization and the economic development of Newark and Licking County as a whole.

We are picking up where the Ohio Canal left off. The Canal Market District has reclaimed this space in the same spirit of our ancestors: bringing people together to share local food and crafts. The Canal Market is proud to add our value to the culture of Newark.

 

MARKET LOCATION

36 East Canal St
Newark, Ohio 43055

PARKING

Downtown Parking Map

Farmers' Market Hours

4-7 PM Tuesday & Friday    Fridays: May - October Tuesdays: June - September

Art & Craft Market Hours

10 AM-3 PM 

May 12th
September 8th
October 6th

Farm fair

June 30th

evening art show

August 2nd

Christmas Market

    November 23rd

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Application Update: CMD is currently in its first phase of the application process for the 2019 season with first opportunity given to 2018 Full Time Vendors in good standing. General applications will go live in January 2019 for NEW vendors. To receive notification, please click the link below to get on the mailing list.

CANAL MARKET DISTRICT VENDOR APPLICATION 2019: Get notified when it goes live

art and craft vendor application 2019: get notified when it goes live


 
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Music

We feature local musicians each week at our farmers market and once a month at our Second Saturday craft markets. If you are interested in performing at the Canal Market District, please contact our Live Music Coordinator, Randy Williams at rdeanw@fastmail.net
You can also view our music schedule here.

 

MEET OUR MUSICIANS

Here are just a few of the dozens of musicians who volunteer their time and art at the Canal Market District.

   Brad Fuller   is a singer and guitarist who specializes in classic tunes from the 60s, 70s and 80s. He is a seasoned cover artist and combines classic rock, blues, pop and country all into one engaging set list.

Brad Fuller is a singer and guitarist who specializes in classic tunes from the 60s, 70s and 80s. He is a seasoned cover artist and combines classic rock, blues, pop and country all into one engaging set list.

Mary Miller's relaxed Folk, Country and Gospel tunes highlight her sweet voice. Her joyful presence puts folks at ease and encourages them to two step & sing along to familiar tunes. Mary is also a comedian, inspirational speaker and founder of the charity, "Fill Your Cups".

 Singer-songwriter  John Begala  plays a unique combination of originals and covers spanning folk-rock, blues, bluegrass and jazz. 

Singer-songwriter John Begala plays a unique combination of originals and covers spanning folk-rock, blues, bluegrass and jazz. 

   Rocky Fork and lil Maggie   will transfer you back to Civil War era times – tunes played originally on the fiddle are adapted to clawhammer banjo picking style featuring mountain clogging, flatfooting, and buckdancing as accompaniment. Natives of Licking County, Rocky Fork and lil Maggie have always had a passion for music and simpler times. They’re active members of the community, and can most often be found performing at the Canal Market District Farmer’s Market in Downtown, Newark!

Rocky Fork and lil Maggie will transfer you back to Civil War era times – tunes played originally on the fiddle are adapted to clawhammer banjo picking style featuring mountain clogging, flatfooting, and buckdancing as accompaniment. Natives of Licking County, Rocky Fork and lil Maggie have always had a passion for music and simpler times. They’re active members of the community, and can most often be found performing at the Canal Market District Farmer’s Market in Downtown, Newark!

   Greg Greyson:   A lifetime of playing guitar and crafting original music.  Soft rock with a little country, a touch of jazz, and a whole lotta living.  You can catch Greyson on Facebook  here .

Greg Greyson: A lifetime of playing guitar and crafting original music.  Soft rock with a little country, a touch of jazz, and a whole lotta living.  You can catch Greyson on Facebook here.

  Crystal City Chorus  sings barbershop music, is part of Sweet Adeline’s International, and loves being part of Newark.

Crystal City Chorus sings barbershop music, is part of Sweet Adeline’s International, and loves being part of Newark.

   Simple Man Music   is Randy Williams.  The name derives from the Lynyrd Skynyrd song,  Simple Man .  Not only do I like the song musically, but the lyrics speak to what I am and how I perform.  I have my guitar and my voice.  I play the guitar and I sing.  My song list runs the gamut from Classic Rock, to Americana, to New Grass, and more.  Always the songs are simple, straightforward expressions.  One of the advantages of being older is that I have been around to hear over 50 years of great music.  If you are present when I perform, you are sure to hear a song from your era.

Simple Man Music is Randy Williams.  The name derives from the Lynyrd Skynyrd song, Simple Man.  Not only do I like the song musically, but the lyrics speak to what I am and how I perform.  I have my guitar and my voice.  I play the guitar and I sing.  My song list runs the gamut from Classic Rock, to Americana, to New Grass, and more.  Always the songs are simple, straightforward expressions.  One of the advantages of being older is that I have been around to hear over 50 years of great music.  If you are present when I perform, you are sure to hear a song from your era.

  If Ernest Tubb Could Sing  - Unplugged Americana Music.   IETCS is a three-member group inspired by the many streams of America’s rich musical traditions. Their repertoire spans classic country, rockabilly, early pop standards, contemporary singer-songwriter ballads, and Appalachian old-time stringband music. With musical roots in Ohio and Texas, the members have performed on college campuses and other venues throughout Ohio and beyond. Howard Sacks and David Suggs play guitar, Judy Sacks is on mandolin, and everybody sings. The group’s name is a fond tribute to Ernest Tubb, country superstar of the mid-twentieth century.   

If Ernest Tubb Could Sing - Unplugged Americana Music. 

IETCS is a three-member group inspired by the many streams of America’s rich musical traditions. Their repertoire spans classic country, rockabilly, early pop standards, contemporary singer-songwriter ballads, and Appalachian old-time stringband music. With musical roots in Ohio and Texas, the members have performed on college campuses and other venues throughout Ohio and beyond. Howard Sacks and David Suggs play guitar, Judy Sacks is on mandolin, and everybody sings. The group’s name is a fond tribute to Ernest Tubb, country superstar of the mid-twentieth century. 
 

   Rob  and  Eddie   are a musical duo that were brought together through the attraction of dance.  Rob has been a techno and house club DJ for 20 years.  Eddie has been a Square Dance caller and MC since he was 10 years old.  Looking at a fundamental opposition to their musical backgrounds you may wonder how does this group function?  The basic rhythm of the 4/4 beats brings the two musical worlds together.  So, come, experience a truly unique musical and dance experience that you will enjoy, and let's re-imagine what the world can be!

Rob and Eddie are a musical duo that were brought together through the attraction of dance.  Rob has been a techno and house club DJ for 20 years.  Eddie has been a Square Dance caller and MC since he was 10 years old.  Looking at a fundamental opposition to their musical backgrounds you may wonder how does this group function?  The basic rhythm of the 4/4 beats brings the two musical worlds together.  So, come, experience a truly unique musical and dance experience that you will enjoy, and let's re-imagine what the world can be!

  The   Rapid Jags  cover the best of garage rock, post-punk, blues rock and punk rock.

The Rapid Jags cover the best of garage rock, post-punk, blues rock and punk rock.

  Johnny Jamz  is a guitarist and singer who specializes in a mixture of pop, rock and blues from over seven decades of your favorites and more. Mixed in with some rocking guitar instrumentals, Johnny provides an easy listening set of music entertainment.   

Johnny Jamz is a guitarist and singer who specializes in a mixture of pop, rock and blues from over seven decades of your favorites and more. Mixed in with some rocking guitar instrumentals, Johnny provides an easy
listening set of music entertainment.

 

  Wes Williams:  "Over the years I have sought to select ‘good songs’ for my repertoire.  So, what do I consider a ‘good song’?   A memorable melody, solid lyrics, emotional content, groove and heart.  I listen for songs which are meant to build community, provide comfort, express positivity and always for songs of peace and love. These songs carry what I refer to as hippie DNA!  The genre is irrelevant."

Wes Williams: "Over the years I have sought to select ‘good songs’ for my repertoire.  So, what do I consider a ‘good song’?   A memorable melody, solid lyrics, emotional content, groove and heart.  I listen for songs which are meant to build community, provide comfort, express positivity and always for songs of peace and love. These songs carry what I refer to as hippie DNA!  The genre is irrelevant."

  Dave Hawkins  is a Nashville singer-songwriter who started his music career in Columbus in 1975. In 1979 Dave was a founding member of Central Ohio ‘s TAYLOR STATION BAND then, during the mid 1980s he spent 5 years performing with GENERAL GUINNESS band. After leaving the band Dave re-connected with his musical roots as a Folksinger, Songwriter. Dave has moved back to the area to be close to family, and now lives in Newark. Dave enjoys playing area venues when he’s not on the road or down in Nashville

Dave Hawkins is a Nashville singer-songwriter who started his music career in Columbus in 1975. In 1979 Dave was a founding member of Central Ohio ‘s TAYLOR STATION BAND then, during the mid 1980s he spent 5 years performing with GENERAL GUINNESS band. After leaving the band Dave re-connected with his musical roots as a Folksinger, Songwriter. Dave has moved back to the area to be close to family, and now lives in Newark. Dave enjoys playing area venues when he’s not on the road or down in Nashville

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Food Assistance Programs

 

 

Ohio Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program

Our Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program is organized through LifeCare Alliance. These programs assist older adults (age 60+) or medically challenged residents through Meals-on-Wheels, the Columbus Cancer Clinic, Project OpenHand-Columbus, Visiting Nurses, Senior Dining Centers, Senior Wellness Centers, Help-at-Home, Groceries-to-Go Pantry, IMPACT Safety and Senior PetCare. The overarching goal of the agency is to assist clients in remaining independent and in the comfort of their own homes or the community with dignity, where they want to be.

Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP)

WIC is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. WIC helps income eligible pregnant and breastfeeding women, women who recently had a baby, infants, and children up to five years of age who are at health risk due to inadequate nutrition. The WIC Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) is a dual purpose program which benefits both WIC participants and farmers. In the program, WIC participants are given five $3 coupons with which to purchase authorized fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs from authorized farmers at farmers’ markets and farm stands.  

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

SNAP offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net. Canal Market District’s farmers markets accept SNAP benefits for all eligible foods. In addition, SNAP users have the opportunity to double their buying power through our partnership with the Produce Perks network. For SNAP families, up to $20 per market will be matched with an extra $20 to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables. 

Volunteer

There are many different ways that volunteers can get involved with the Canal Market District! We are always in need of help, from staffing our markets to helping with special projects. If you are interested in volunteering but don't see your interest/skill-set represented here, please email us at director@canalmarketdistrict.org 

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