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: