If you can hang in there for a few more weeks with pseudo-fresh produce from Brazil then you’ll have a chance to get the real home grown stuff on Saturday mornings in downtown Kent. The Haymaker Farmer’s Market announced that they will be opening May 30th and me and 27,000 of my closest Kent friends can’t wait. I’m particularly anxious for fresh strawberries this year. After a record setting year, the Farmer’s Market is picking up in 2009 right where they left off in 2008. They’ve rebranded themselves a bit with a great new web site and a campaign called downtown at the market. Their putting out bench seating and they’ll be bringing back the live music that they started last year. With it’s festive atmosphere and ecologically friendly mind set, the Haymaker Farmer’s Market represents the best of what downtown Kent has to offer.
Here’s a couple of updates from the Market Director:
Downtown at the Market
This year there are exciting developments at the farmers’ market that will be helping to build a cooperative connection between our valued downtown Kent merchants and the farmers’ market. We are calling this project Downtown at the Market.
This endeavor will include sandwich board business advertising that will be available free of charge to downtown business owners, sponsored market benches with business commemorations and co-op advertising between the market and downtown business people. The aim of this project is to highlight the wide variety of goods and services available right here in Kent, Ohio!
This season we’ve added the Lucky Penny Creamery of Kent as well as the Baekerei on South Water St. to our vendor base!
Haymaker Farmers’ Market is very much a part of Kent’s vibrant summer community, and this project should help to boost participation by our loyal customers in all that our city has to offer. Please feel free to add suggestions to this posting, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Getting the Market Shovel Ready
The time has come for all good men and women to come to the aid of their country (farmers’ market)!
The market north lot has been graded courtesy of Kevin Long at the Pufferbelly and now its time to spread the gravel. I’ll be placing the order with the gravel company on Monday for delivery this week. It looks like one day during the coming week we’ll need to turn out en masse to spread the stuff. The truck will do most of the work, but we’ll still need to be on hand to even it out as needed. Please reply to let me know your pick of days for late in the week or the weekend. It shouldn’t take more than a couple hours if we have enough people on hand.
New Market Benches
The market bench project is proceeding nicely and we hope to have the first two placed on site in time for opening day on 30 May. As you know, we would like to expand the bench project to include a total of 8 benches along Franklin Ave.
Unfortunately we need support from the public and business community to accomplish this task. Although the market is able to pay its bills as we go through vendor fees, the bench project is by necessity a sponsorship program.
We will eventually plan on constructing a total of 8 of these benches depending on sponsorship revenue. We currently have 2 benches ready to be placed in the grassy tree lawn strip between the street lamps and trees. We will have to come up with an ideal spacing and placement yet.
This was a collaborative effort that involved Quick Service Welding of Kent, Akron Plastic Lumber and the craftsmanship of the Kent’s Theodore Roosevelt High School shop class lead by their instructor Mr. Don Titko. The first bench bears a commemorative plaque in memory of Frank Goodell who sold his family’s maple syrup products at Haymaker for several years.