GROVE CITY – The Olde Town Grove City Farmers’ Market starts its 13th year on June 6, and organizers need help running the weekly event.
“We’re still looking for people who would love to help volunteer,” said Ann Marie O’Rourke, Olde Town manager.
The market will be held 3 to 6 p.m. Thursdays through October in the parking lot at the Joseph D. Monteleone Youth Festival Park on South Broad Street in downtown Grove City.
The previous market manager, Amanda MacIsaac, is not available this year, so Olde Town members are hoping to round up a few more folks.
“We’re all a big family down here,” O’Rourke said of the atmosphere.
Managing the market is “relatively easy,” especially since there are so many great vendors. Seven vendors are signed up so far for opening day, and new vendors are always welcome to join throughout the season.
“There’s just that ‘farm-to-table’ connection,” said Lisa Pritchard, co-owner of Olde Town’s b’gifted boutique and chair of the Olde Town marketing committee.
Cheri Heeter, who owns Breezy Ridge Acres in Jackson Center with her husband Tim, is looking forward to setting up at the market again. They have been vendors in Grove City for the past seven or eight years.
“I like the people. They want quality food,” she said.
The customers are well-informed about different farming techniques, and they’re always interested in learning more the vendors’ products.
The Heeters, who are beekeepers, will be selling raw honey, honeycombs, beeswax candles, and reusable food packaging made out of beeswax.
Another favorite is Harmony Grove Farm out of Harrisville, O’Rourke said. Owner Akemi Hoffman sells items like hydroponic lettuce, carrots and strawberries.
Also popular are Amish baked goods, jams, jellies, and a wide variety of in-season fruits and vegetables.
New this year: Spectrum Alpaca Farm, Greenville, with alpaca fiber products and beef that is grain-free and chemical-free; and essential oil items from Jessica Brazell.
The market is a longtime tradition in Grove City, and it fits under the “shop local” message, Pritchard said.
“Our downtown is all about independent businesses,” she said.
She hopes that market shoppers take the time to check out the rest of Olde Town, which includes many stores and restaurants.
It’s important to support local businesses, and that include the market vendors who provide “fantastic” products, she said.
O’Rourke thanked the vendors, Olde Town members, and the returning market sponsors – Nonni’s Corner Trattoria and Farmers National Bank.
This year’s market may include family-friendly activities and music – that depends on the availability of volunteers – and O’Rourke is planning to have “minute at the market” live Facebook videos again.
She reminds shoppers that the parking lot closes at 2 p.m. so vendors can set up. The market is held rain or shine.
She encourages visitors to park along Broad Street, or to use one of several public lots in the borough, like the area next to Saxony House Furniture.
For more information, visit “Olde Town Grove City Farmers’ Market” on Facebook; or contact the Olde Town office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-458-0301.