Farmers markets open for season

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The Tipp City Farmers Market is undergoing some changes as it heads into its 10th year.

Previously held on Saturdays, the market will be held Thursdays from 5-8 p.m. beginning June 9.

Several area farmers markets begin showing off their offerings this week.

The Tipp City market is coordinated by the Downtown Tipp City Partnership and was the first in the area when it started, said Heather Dorsten, DTCP executive director.

“We have moved to Thursday evenings for a few reasons,” she said. “Troy’s market is very well attended on Saturday mornings and we felt it was drawing away our vendors and customers.”

A Thursday night market is being promoted as a place for the local community to stop by after work for produce, baked goods and other items along with visiting with neighbors. There also will be a food truck from Mohawk Freestyle Grill.

The market’s location at Third and Main streets downtown also opens the door to other options for visitors including a meal at one of the city’s restaurants or ice cream at Sweet by Kristy downtown, Dorsten said.

“I think the focus for this year is just providing local, seasonal and healthy options for our community,” she said.

The Piqua Community Farmers Market, also held on Thursdays, has a new location for 2016 on High Street in front of the Piqua Public Library.

Hours are 3:30-6:30 p.m. beginning June 9. The market features produce vendors, baked goods, honey, soaps, crafts and ready to eat food from Susie’s Big Dipper.

The downtown Troy Farmers Market will open June 11 for its sixth season. The market will have extended hours this year, Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Troy’s market is organized and run by Troy Main Street Inc., the downtown revitalization organization.

The Troy market is located on South Cherry Street, just south of West Main Street. It features fresh local produce, breads, artisan cheeses, maple syrup, honey, baked goods, locally-raised meat, artists’ booths, live music, other entertainment and more.

Vandalia’s Community Farmers Market opens June 10. It is held Friday’s from 4-8 p.m. at Segar Park.

Huber Heights’ Farmers and Artisans Market opened in May and is held Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the parking lot of The Huber Heights Center at 6178 Chambersburg Road.