The Oakwood farm market gets better and better! In addition to the range of fabulous Saturday vendors (some not found elsewhere in south Dayton), the Burundian Drummers performed at intervals through the market. You can see these amazing drummers in the video. The drummers have played at Cityfolk, the AfricanAmerican Festival and World A'Fair. They were a huge hit at the market. Many of the drummers arrived to Dayton as refugees in 2008 and are making a new home for their families here in the Miami Valley. The drumming group was a dream turned reality in 2012.
Joining the Oakwood market vendors were El Meson's mobile food truck (with a stunning menu, including South American Empanadas, Colombian Arepas, and Cuban Sandwiches) and the Kona shaved ice truck. The list of vendors is growing, with the addition of Cari's Cookies and Nashville Farms produce.
Cari's Cookies had samples of some truly fabulous cookies, including their pumpkin spice cookies with pecan glaze, lemon sugar cookies and their roasted almond brickle cookies. Patrons were able to sample all of the varieties of cookies before purchasing.
Sweet Eats Bake Shop out of Clayton, Ohio, brought an assortment of made-from-scratch treats including iced shortbread cookies, beautifully decorated cupcakes, cake pops, zucchini bread and many more delicious treats.
Lindy's & Company brought their dog (and cat!) treats. the author's cat is quite pleased with the crunchy tuna and cheese flavored treats, and she is a finicky 17 year-old cat. More than just a gourmet pet treat bakery, Lindy’s is Daybreak's work-readiness program for homeless youth in Dayton, Ohio. Purchases benefit homeless youth. The treats are made from fresh, natural ingredients and no preservatives of any kind are used.
Central Perc café had packages of their ready to brew coffee and luscious pastries, and Ashley's Pastry Shop came to the market with pastries which were too beautiful to eat (nonetheless they were snapped up and devoured). Samples were available of several of the pastries
Flying Mouse Farm out of Yellow Springs brought along their own maple syrup, beautiful hand-thrown pottery, and the most beautiful vegetable display at the market, including organically-grown carrots, beets, cabbage, squash and more. Farmers John DeWine and Michele Burns grow food year-round at Flying Mouse farms.
Meadow Maid Cheese was available at the market, and best of all, there were free samples of a staggering amount of their certified organic cheese. The cheese, made from the milk of grass-fed cows, includes such exotic and delicious flavors as mushroom & leek and tomato basil with pine nuts, as well as the more traditional flavors such as havarti, cheddar, feta, habanero, and chipotle. The garlic and herb cheese is one not to miss.
Twin Creek Apiaries brought local honey and honey products, Bad Mother Salsa brought their salsas and crazy-good BBQ sauce (and great tee-shirts, too!), and there were other vendors with baked goods, granola and even jewelry.
Visit the Oakwood market on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market is located in the parking lot on the south side of Orchard Drive just off Far Hills Ave (behind the Chico’s shopping strip).
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