Visit the PNC 2nd Street Market, which features more than 40 vendors, for last-minute holiday gifts.

2nd Street Market, Esther Price named best in Ohio

Ohio Magazine readers think the best farmer’s market in the state is in your backyard.

The 2nd Street Market, 600 E. Second St., was voted the Best Farmer’s Market on the magazine’s 2014 Best of Ohio Readers’ ballot.

It was one of four local establishments named best in the state as part of an online vote.

Esther Price was named best Ohio-made candy, Cairns Toys in Tipp City best toy store, and Sadie Grace in Greenville best boutique.

Winners will appear in the magazine’s January edition.

The ballot showcases 50 winners in four different categories: entertainment, lodging and attraction, shopping, and food and drink.

The 2nd Street Market is operated by Five Rivers MetroParks. Its 40 small businesses sell foods produced and grown locally.

Five Rivers officials were thrilled about the recognition.

“Here in Dayton, we know that the 2nd Street Market is a great place to grab lunch and shop for the great local produce and hand-crafted merchandise,”Market Manager Jimmy Harless said in a press release. “It’s great to get that kind of recognition from people all over the state and beyond. We think the Market has really made a name for itself as a local food hub.”

Never been to 2nd Street Market? Next week will be a good time.

The market is usually opened on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, but next week, it will open on Wednesday, Nov. 27 (the day before Thanksgiving), for its annual “Stock-up Wednesday” event. All of the vendors are scheduled to be open, so market-goers can purchase meats, breads, pies, pastries, winter vegetables, flowers, wine and other items grown and produced locally in time for the holiday. The market is closed on Thanksgiving Day, then reopens for normal hours Friday (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and Saturday (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.).

Reporter Mark Fisher contributed to this report.

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