The Miami County Farmer’s Market is now open for the 24th season and vendors continues to be excited to provide local residents with nothing but the best in locally grown products. From vegetables, fruits, flowers, baked goods, honey and more, the market offers everything natural. The farmer’s market will be open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Friendly’s parking lot through the last Saturday in October, rain or shine, and even holidays.
Because of the harsh winter weather, visitor will see a change in the products available, but the spirit of good locally grown products still exist. The growing process has slowed but not ceased. Some favorites will return on a delayed timeframe. Dr. Robert Allen of Troy indicated that the peaches maybe gone for the season but will recover and be available next season. So, peach seekers may have to hold off for awhile on those delicious peach cobblers.
“I’m committed to coming every Saturday morning,” Harry Bowman of Bowman Produce said. “We grow everything ourselves that we sell, except the blueberries, apples and plums. But, it’s too early for that stuff right now.”
Bowman said that they don’t normally provide sweet corn but because of the demand, he searches for the best corn of the season. “I’m picky about where our sweet corn comes from. Before we sell it, we try it to make sure it is the best, because if it’s not good I could ruin my reputation.”
Dr. Allen is known at the market for his beekeeping and honey products. “I usually bring honey, but because the bees all died, the honey will be in short supply this year,” he said. He also offers homegrown popcorn, hickory nuts, black walnuts and asparagus and will soon offer fresh rhubarb, when in season.
Allen is on the board of the Upper Valley Career Center and sells pure maple syrup that is produced by students of the environmental sciences program. The maple syrup is drawn by students each year from Willowbrook Land Lab in Piqua. “100% of the sales of the maple syrup goes to the environmental science program and goes towards their annual trip to Yellowstone National Park,” Allen said. “We have 10 students going on the trip this year.”
The market sticks with the definition of a true “farmers market” and only offers local produce, flowers, jam, jellies, backed good and more. It does not offer booths with crafts or homemade products for sale. For information about the market or to find out about being a vendor, contact Miami County Farmers Market president, Roger Wilbur at (419)582-3621.