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Oakwood Farm Market open for the 2014 season

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The first Oakwood Farm Market of the 2014 season was held on Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 22 Orchard Drive off Far Hills Avenue. Now in its second year, the Oakwood Market takes place Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine, now through August. This year, the Oakwood market welcomes a few new vendors as well as returning favorites from last year.

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Silva Scensations was at the market with wonderful handmade soaps, lotions, creams and a beautiful new eye-catching table banner! Silva Scensations offers a variety of soaps including shea butter, goats milk and glycerin soaps, each 3-4 ounces in weight and selling for $4 each. Fancy soaps with cosmetic glitter are available, as are clever soaps for children. Beautiful fabric gift bags are included for gift giving, and the soaps included wonderful fragrances such as peppermint, lemongrass, lavender and more. Silva Scensations even offers free shipping with orders of $20 or more. .

Rosemary Eisenhauer’s Garden is a returning vendor, bringing some gorgeous spring butter lettuce and other spring greens as well as some spring onions, all grown organically at the three acre garden on Stutsman Road. Rosemary grows many different types of herbs and greens, including basil, dill, lettuce, spinach, mustard greens and a dazzling array of colorful rainbow chard! Look for her red and green tomatoes, squash, garlic, eggplant, beets, beans, carrots, potatoes and more as the season progresses.

Lindy's & Company returned to the market this year with their beautiful dog (and cat!) treats! More than just a gourmet pet treat bakery, Lindy’s is Daybreak's work-readiness program for homeless youth in Dayton, Ohio, and your purchases benefit the youth in this program. The gourmet treats come in a variety of flavors, including Mac n Cheese Please, Barkeyes and Doggin' Donuts for the dogs, and Tuna n Cheese Please and Tuna Purr-fect for the kitties. The treats are made by hand using fresh, natural ingredients and no preservatives of any kind.

Twin Creek Apiaries is back again this year with their local honey and honey products, including honey candy.

Bad Mother Salsa brought their salsas (ranging from mild to Screaming Mother hot) and their and crazy-good sweet and mild BBQ sauce and a most adorable baby (baby not for sale).

Blairquist Specialty Meats is a wonderful new vendor to the Oakwood Market, bringing meats from animals treated kindly and fed properly during their lives. The resulting meat products provide a balance of Omega 3 with Omega 6. Blairquist provides excellent customer service and a wealth of information on nutrition and health.

Rue Farms is another welcome addition to the Oakwood market this year, with a wonderful array of baked goods made from scratch. Only fresh ingredients are used (including butter!) with no additives or preservatives. As if that wasn’t enough, they have the most outrageously delicious homemade potatoes chips you have ever tasted. Really.

Thacker’s Gourmet Mushrooms brought Oyster mushrooms and some terrific recipes. Mushrooms, like squash, are one of those edibles that absorb a high percentage of any toxins in their environment, so it is especially important to know where your mushrooms are coming from. Thacker’s mushrooms are grown organically with no genetic modifications.

National Trail Family Farm was on hand with meat, eggs, baked goods and homemade noodles, and produce, and Ella Bella, a new vendor to the market, brought a fine selection of gluten free goodies

This is just a sampling of the many vendors at the market; others brought such diverse items as granola, headbands, jewelry and more. The vendors were joined by food trucks including El Meson's mobile food truck (their menu includes South American empanadas, Colombian arepas, and Cuban sandwiches) and the Kona shaved ice truck, and live entertainment was provided.

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