The 2nd Street Market at 600 E. Second St. in downtown Dayton re-launched its Sunday hours after they were a hit during last year’s trial run — only this year, the Sunday hours will last through Dec. 31.
“Sunday hours were such a success last season that we have decided to extend this program even further into the year,” 2nd Street Market Manager Jimmy Harless said in a release. “We always strive to address the needs of the community, whether it’s extending hours or hosting vendors who accept SNAP benefits.”
The Outdoor Farmers Market is also back for the summer from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., when six vendors will set up just outside the market’s Second Street entrance. The fresh produce will be available through early October or thereabouts, depending on weather.
The outdoor vendors that will be at the Market are: Corner Hill Farms, Frieszell Liberty Garden, Garber Farm, Gypsy Chick Farm, Mile Creek Farm, and Harry’s Old Country Orchard.
The new Sunday hours will give customers a chance to shop more than 40 vendors from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Last summer’s Summer Sunday Trial Run pleased both vendors and customers, according to surveys taken by Five Rivers MetroParks officials. Sunday attendance easily topped average Friday attendance, and about 90 percent of vendors reported that Sundays were profitable. The response “exceeded our three key performance indicators related to attendance, customer satisfaction and vendor sales expectations,” market officials said last October when they announced the added Sunday hours would return this summer.
For a complete list of the market’s vendors — including 10 food vendors that prepare breakfast and lunch items and other vendors offering bread, milk, cheese, meats, oils, flour and a large selection of hand-crafted gifts — check out www.metroparks.org/localfood.
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