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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! 


Market Season is Coming!


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? 

Tuesday News

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!

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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!
April 27th 

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!

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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:

"We pledge to eat local because we trust the local producers. There's nothing like knowing where your food comes from!!!"  -Dennis and Brian Jamandre, owners of  Uncle Giant .   Find them at the market starting in May!

"We pledge to eat local because we trust the local producers. There's nothing like knowing where your food comes from!!!" 
-Dennis and Brian Jamandre, owners of Uncle Giant

Find them at the market starting in May!

"We pledge to eat local because it's real and wholesome food."  -Kyle, Megan, and Rosalind, Canal Market District regulars

"We pledge to eat local because it's real and wholesome food." 
-Kyle, Megan, and Rosalind, Canal Market District regulars

February Newsletter

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! 

February 24: Winter Market at the Licking County Library

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 rdeanw@fastmail.net or (740) 405-2835.

Greg Greyson

Greg Greyson

Rich Folk and Dr. Ron

Rich Folk and Dr. Ron

John Begala

John Begala

Stephen K Smith on dulcimer

Stephen K Smith on dulcimer


We're Hiring!

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. 

2018 Applications are Here!


Applications are available for both the 2018 Farmers' Market and Craft Market!  

We are so excited to start reconnecting with old friends and making new ones. Want to be part of the action here at the Canal Market District? Check out our vendors section to download the applications, which have all the information you need about our markets. 

Farmers' Market questions: Lenise@canalmarketdistrict.org
Art and Craft Market questions: Jazz@canalmarketdistrict.org

I started cooking and it changed everything.

Jazz Glastra, Executive Director of the Canal Market District

100% local, farmers-market sourced salad with bacon leftover from the weekend, fresh yellow bell pepper, kale, and an egg over-easy. I swear, this isn't difficult!

100% local, farmers-market sourced salad with bacon leftover from the weekend, fresh yellow bell pepper, kale, and an egg over-easy. I swear, this isn't difficult!

During farmers market season, my husband and I plan our week around getting to the farmers market and buying the best of what the season has to offer. We look forward to walking through the market aisles, taking mental inventory of what each vendor is selling, and maybe buying a sweet treat before making decisions about what we want to bring home for the rest of the week. For us, this ritual is a social outing, a time to unplug from hectic work life, and a grocery trip all in one. And that doesn’t even take into account the free live music. Now that’s efficiency!

We didn’t always spend our time and our grocery budget this way, though. I’ve been interested in local food for many years, but I used to think that shopping almost exclusively at the farmers market just wasn’t practical. I thought it would cost too much, or I wouldn’t be able to find the ingredients that I needed for full meals. I was wrong.

For the first time in history, Americans now spend more money on food at restaurants than on groceries. A couple of years ago my husband and I sat down and really examined how much money we were spending on dining out versus cooking for ourselves and the results shocked us. We didn’t think we were too irresponsible—sure, we were buying lunch, but we didn’t go to fancy restaurants or run up big tabs at bars. Even still, the numbers were clear and we needed to make a change. We made a commitment to start planning our meals at the beginning of each week and cooking much more regularly. As a longtime supporter of local eating, I also wanted to start shopping as much as we could at farmers markets.

Summer's first strawberries. No recipe required.

Summer's first strawberries. No recipe required.

Here’s what happened: our overall food expenditures went way, way down. We both lost more than 20 pounds. Our cooking skills increased exponentially. We only actually have to buy things at the grocery store once every two weeks or so. Our stress levels decreased because we no longer wasted time trying to figure out what to eat for dinner. We learned the cycles of eating seasonally and now look forward to the first strawberry, the first tomato, and the first pumpkin of the year.

Perhaps most exciting, we started enjoying our food so much more. For one, the quality of what we could get local, super-fresh, and in season at the market was on a whole different level from the typical grocery store produce. And since we started developing relationships with farmers at the market, we also just appreciated the care and hard work that goes into it our food a heck of a lot more.

As an added bonus, a lot more of our money now goes to support local businesses. According to the New Economic Foundation, farmers market purchases generate twice the local economic impact as buying the same products from a grocery store.

These days, I get to help run a twice-weekly farmers market here in downtown Newark at the Canal Market District. If you haven’t made it down to our farmers markets on Tuesday and Friday evenings yet, my challenge to you is to put $30 in your pocket and make a point of coming down next week. You might be surprised at what you can find. From meat and eggs to fresh produce and even some pantry staples like oats—we’ve got the groceries. For the community of growers who rely on this market, your support really matters. Once you make a habit of it, you might be surprised by what else can happen when you shop, cook, and eat with the seasons.