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Celebrate National Farmers Market Week!


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!

Market staff from Granville, Pataskala, and Canal Market District.

Market staff from Granville, Pataskala, and Canal Market District.

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!)

Sunday, 8/5
5:45 pm, Proclamation of Licking County Farmers Market Week - Hartford Fair Grandstand

Tuesday, 8/7
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!

Friday, 8/10
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!

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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
  • Cabbage
  • Kale
  • Tomatoes of all kinds
  • Eggplant
  • 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. 

Farm Fair is Here!

Celebrate summer with us tomorrow, June 30th, at our first ever Farm Fair! 



Hailing from rural Southeast Ohio, The Wayfarers emerged onto the scene in early 2010 playing their own form of American Roots music   . T heir   spirited approach to live performance is infectious, and people of all ages are drawn in to the sounds of thumping washtub bass, driving guitars, sawing fiddles, and rich harmonies. 

Hailing from rural Southeast Ohio, The Wayfarers emerged onto the scene in early 2010 playing their own form of American Roots music. Their spirited approach to live performance is infectious, and people of all ages are drawn in to the sounds of thumping washtub bass, driving guitars, sawing fiddles, and rich harmonies. 


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



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. 


100% LOCAL

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!



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! 


We are extremely grateful to all of our sponsors for the Farm Fair! Please show your appreciation for these generous supporters: 

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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!


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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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. 

Sign up to volunteer here!


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.

Friday is Opening Day!

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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.
-John Updike

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!

Click to view the full parking map.

Click to view the full parking map.

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. 

Click here to view a full parking map.

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.

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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!

Check out this article from Epicurious for more information. 

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 jazz@canalmarketdistrict.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! 

Donate Here>>

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!