National Farmers Market Week starts this Sunday, August 5th! We're kicking off the week in Licking County at the Hartford Fair this Sunday evening at 5:45 pm. Meet us at the Grandstand for a special proclamation of Farmers Market Week, then hang out for the truck and tractor pull starting at 6 pm!
Farmers Market Week Activities
Visit this link to see activities at all Licking County markets this week!
- Visit our markets and tell us why you love your market to enter the drawing for a basket of farmers market goodies!
- Pick up a coloring contest sheet or download one here for your kids! Return it by the end of the Farmers Market Week to enter
- Take a photo in our #LoveMyMarket frame! (Thanks to our friends at the Health Department for their craftiness!)
5:45 pm, Proclamation of Licking County Farmers Market Week - Hartford Fair Grandstand
4 to 7 pm, Tuesday Farmers Market - Canal Market District
4:45 pm, Chicken Keeping Workshop - Main Pavilion at Canal Market District
Thank you to Cherokee Valley Bison Ranch for leading this workshop!
4 to 7 pm, Tuesday Farmers Market - Canal Market District
4:45 pm, Sauerkraut Making Workshop - Main Pavilion at Canal Market District
Thank you to Josephine's Lot for leading this workshop!
Why Support Farmers Markets?
Farmers Markets Keep Farmers in the Field.
In 2015, direct to consumer revenue at farmers markets totaled $711 million! Studies have shown that all farms, regardless of scale, are significantly more likely to survive if they have local food sales as a part of their marketing portfolio.
Farmers and ranchers receive only 15 cents of every food dollar that consumers spend at traditional food outlets. At a farmers market, 100% of your food dollar goes to your local farmer.
Studies have shown that all farms, regardless of scale, are significantly more likely to survive if they have local food sales as a part of their marketing portfolio.
In Season Now
August is a fantastic month to be a farmers market shopper! Many of your favorite fruits and veggies are in season, and several of our protein farmers (meat and eggs) have recently restocked. Here's what's available now:
- Peaches, blueberries, and strawberries!
- Green beans
- Tomatoes of all kinds
- Lima beans
- Chicken, pork, eggs, and beef
September Craft Market Coming Soon!
Stop in for the first of two fall art and craft markets at Canal Market District in Downtown Newark! Live music from 11 to 1 by Sawmill Ridge and food by Rosemary's food truck - scratch made comfort food. We will also have a free kids' craft activity from 11 to 1. Our full vendor list is available
Overdose Awareness Day Rally - August 30th, 4 - 7 pm
Volunteers in the community will use the Canal Market District for the 4th Annual International Overdose Awareness Day event here in Newark. Learn more and RSVP to the event here.
Celebrate summer with us tomorrow, June 30th, at our first ever Farm Fair!
FEATURING THE WAYFARERS
5:30 PM: Farm Fair opens
5:30 - 7:30 PM: Games and activities for all ages! Cornhole, giant jenga, homesteading activities for kids, farm photo booth, and more!
5:30 - 6:45 PM: Music by Rocky Fork Old Time String Band
7:15 - 9 PM: Music by The Wayfarers
8:30 PM: 50-50 raffle closes
9 PM: Farm Fair closes
All Evening: food by Moe's Original BBQ, Heritage Catering, and Barrel and Boar
Cold beer, wine, and water
Market Street Soda Works (adjacent to Canal Market District) will be open until 8:30 pm
$10, includes two food tickets | Kids 10 and under get in free
Buy tickets here
SUPPORT THE CAUSE
All proceeds from this event support the Canal Market District. Our mission is to improve community access to healthy, local food and promote economic development rooted in Licking County's history, culture, and local bounty. To learn more about us and our work, visit our website at canalmarketdistrict.org
Coming Up this July
Farmers' market season is in full swing! Stop by the Canal Market District each Tuesday and Friday evening for the farmers' market. Tuesdays and Fridays have different vendors, and on Tuesdays you can find locally made crafts in addition to farm fresh produce, baked goods, locally raised meats and eggs, and more.
The Canal Market is a producer-only farmers' market. That means everything sold here was grown or made by the people you meet at the market! No reselling is allowed, and all products are Ohio local. Shopping at the farmers' market helps support our farmers, and that helps keep farm families on the land doing what they do best!
WHAT'S IN SEASON
July is the beginning of the absolute best of what Ohio agriculture has to offer! Peaches, tomatoes, blueberries, zucchini...they're all coming in season this month!
THANKS A MILLION
We are extremely grateful to all of our sponsors for the Farm Fair! Please show your appreciation for these generous supporters:
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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!
There are only three weeks left until the farmers market opens for the season! We are getting VERY excited for our third season. This year we are welcoming over a dozen new vendors to the market along with about 50 of our "old friends." There are also some exciting changes afoot for our third year!
Opening day is May 4th
See you in three weeks, everyone! Opening day is May 4th, and we hope you'll come down to show the farmers how much you've missed them over this long, dreadful winter.
We encourage every family to support the small businesses who attend the farmers market by visiting each week. The most important part of any farmers' market is the local growers! If every family in Newark spent only $25 per week on local food at the market, that would translate into half a million dollars in the pockets of small farmers and businesses. Imagine what that would do for our local economy!
Rain or shine, we'll see you here at 36 E Canal St, just south of the square, on May 4th. RSVP on Facebook and invite your friends!
Other activities on opening day:
- Veggie tasting for kids
- Recipe ideas with Licking Memorial Hospital chefs
- Live music
- Market blessing at 5:45 pm - help us ring in the new season with a short interfaith ceremony.
Wine at the Farmers Market?!
That's right! Every Tuesday and Friday you'll have the opportunity to sample locally made wines and meet the winemakers. You'll also be able to purchase bottles to go. What could be better than picking up ingredients for a great homemade dinner and wine to go with it?
The Tuesday markets will open in June this year instead of May and run through September. Those are the four peak months of produce in Ohio. We are also going to be spicing things up by adding some craft vendors to our Tuesday afternoon markets! They won't be there on Fridays, so if you're interested in checking out some quilts, greeting cards, jewelry, and the like make sure to come to our Tuesday markets, starting June 5th. You can also find them at craft market!
Our first art and craft market of the season will take place on Saturday, May 12th from 10 am to 3 pm. That's the day before Mother's Day! This is a great opportunity to shop for a last minute Mother's Day gift, or even better, spend some time together with Mom!
The first 50 moms who arrive on the 12th will receive a free "mocktail" to celebrate. We have more than 30 vendors lined up for the day, so don't miss it!
This year's art and craft markets are scheduled for May 12, September 8, and October 6.
Come Visit us at Sweets on the Square!
The Downtown Newark Association always throws a great party on the Final Friday of the month in Downtown Newark, April through September. As always in April, the theme is Sweets on the Square. You can register here for one of 175 tickets. That gets you a free tote plus the opportunity to pick up something sweet for FREE from 25+ businesses on and around the square!
We'll be set up on the square with some of the amazing bakers you know and love from the Farmers Markets--Uncle Giant and Lona Belle's Home Baked Goods. Come say hi and max out on sugar just one week before the market opens for the season!
New Bike Repair Station Installed at CMD
Colin Eggert has assembled and placed a bicycle repair station at the Canal Market District in downtown Newark for his Eagle Scout project. He chose the Canal Market District due to its centralized location. The station will provide the bike rider with tools and an air pump to make repairs to their bicycle. This will greatly benefit the community, especially those who rely on a bicycle as a primary mode of transportation. The Dero station is located next to the bike racks on the south side of the market plaza, right behind the Licking County Historic Jail.
Thank you very much to Christian Robertson and Robertson Construction for donating the labor and materials for the cement pad where the repair station sits! We are very grateful to both Colin and Christian for their efforts in making improvements to the Canal Market District.
Pledge to Eat Local
Take the pledge! Here's what some of your neighbors said about why they are pledging to eat local:
If you believe Punxatawney Phil, we've still got four more weeks of winter to go this year, and still another seven weeks after that until opening day of the 2018 farmers market! We'll be spending the next couple of months planning to make our third season the best one yet. In the meantime, we have a couple of important updates for you!
1-4 pm, 101 W Main St (Main Library) in Meeting Room A
Our first ever winter market! This event is a partnership with the Licking County Library's Family Fun Day: Play with your Food. The following market vendors will be present:
BFarmer Honey - honey
Bird's Haven Farms - produce
Bob the Baker/BYOB Home Bakery - baked goods and meats
Bush Valley Farm - meats
Dana Lee's - baked goods
JC's Sweet Ice Tea, LLC - bottled iced tea and lemonade
Michael's Artisan Chocolates - chocolates
Momma's Secret Mixes - dip mixes
Ohio City Pasta - pasta and sauce
Siegrist Orchard - winter produce
Tristegus - soaps and lotions
Uncle Giant - confections
Weathervane - kettle corn
Winding Trails Maple Syrup - maple syrup
Family Fun Day will also feature plenty of other food-themed activities for families, including crafts, book sales, and a performance by the Spoon Man!
Market Applications are Open
Help us make 2018's farmers' market and craft market the best yet! As we enter our third year, we are excited to reconnect with many of our old friends and make some new ones, too. If you grow, bake, or make something, consider applying to one our markets in 2018!
Visit the vendors section of our website to download applications. Information about each market is contained in the first few pages of the application document.
We Pledge to Eat Local
The #1 reason people shop at the Canal Market District is to support local farmers. We couldn't agree more! There are so many reasons that supporting local farmers is important for the entire community. Here are just a few highlights of why people in YOUR community are pledging to eat local.
Interested in being featured in our newsletter with your pledge to eat local? Email us!
CMD Musicians Get Together for a Midwinter Jam
Did you know that all of the musicians who play at our markets are volunteers? The music at our farmers market is organized by our volunteer Live Music Coordinator Randy Williams. We are so lucky to have this talented, dedicated group of artists! You can read more about some of them on our website here.
On Saturday, February 10th, over a dozen of us gathered at the Newark Digital Academy for a midwinter music party. Over pizza and delicious homemade cupcakes, we had the opportunity to reconnect and get inspiration from one another. It's safe to say that all of us are looking forward to getting back to the Canal Market District and getting the music flowing once again. Thank you to Newark Digital Academy for hosting us!
We're always looking for more musicians! If you are interested in performing at the Canal Market District, please contact Randy Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or (740) 405-2835.
Our wonderful 2017 Farmers Market Manager, Lenise Sunnenberg, is moving on to greener pastures! While we're happy for her big move to a full-time gig at RevLocal, we're sad to have to replace her. If you have 15-20 hours per week to spare from April-November and you love the market, please apply! We need a dedicated, passionate individual who loves people, local food, and being outside. If you're interested in applying, view our position announcement here.
Thank you to Lenise for her hard work over the past year! You will be missed.