Farmers and artisans will once again converge on downtown New Carlisle on June 24 for the opening day of New Carlisle Farmers’ Market’s 2017 season.

The New Carlisle Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday from 9 a.m.—1 p.m. from June 24—Sept. 16, 2017. The market takes place right in downtown New Carlisle, and shoppers can pick up anything from a variety of organic produce, specialty foods, crafts, handmade goods, flowers, jams, jellies, artwork, clothing, and more.

Market Manager, Michael Maxwell, is looking forward to getting the upcoming season underway. Maxwell says each week the Farmers’ Market will be chock-full of special activities available for shoppers and the opening day is no exception.

Impact Bethel will begin opening day with a Pancake Breakfast starting at 7:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church; a live broadcast of the Farmers’ Market will be aired on 101.5 Hank FM; and for the first time, a shuttle bus provided by Restoration Park Church will run every 10 minutes to take shoppers between Park Layne Elementary School and the CVS parking lot on Main St. between 10:00 a.m. and noon.

Also taking place during the market’s opening day is A Day in Wellville, a community outreach program offered through a partnership between the Farmers’ Market, the Clark County Combined Health District (CCCHD), and Family & Youth Initiatives. Shoppers can get health screenings, play games, and get information about nutrition, safety, and other vital topics from the 24 health fair vendors in Wellville. Vendors will include Second Harvest Food Bank, Miami Valley Child Development Center, Family & Youth Initiatives, CareSource, and the CCCHD.

La Condesa #2 will also have some great Mexican food for sale for hungry shoppers.

Maxwell says he is especially excited about the New Carlisle’s Farmers’ Market’s new “Double Your Dollars” program being offered to shoppers in the SNAP program.

“This year, SNAP customers who swipe their Ohio Direction Card for up to $10.00 worth of tokens will receive twice the number of tokens to shop for eligible food items at the market,” explains Maxwell. “The Double Your Dollars program is made possible through generous donations from the local community...and will help families get even more nutritious food on the table.”

Shoppers who take part in the WIC program are also encouraged to contact the New Carlisle WIC office for information about the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program.

Among the farm vendors returning to take part in the market are Jennifer Hardacre and Beth Snyder from H.A.R.D. Acre Farm LLC. The farm provides a working environment for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, disabilities, and dementia. H.A.R.D. Acre Farm will be bringing a large variety of farmer-made items including fresh produce, crafts, walking sticks, log stools, the farm’s famous “Alpaca Poo” fertilizer tea bags, and other items. Each farmer will share in the profits made at the market.

Hardacre and Snyder are excited to be returning for their second season, saying they look forward to meeting both new and established customers. They also enjoy the other activities that go on during the market season, “There’s so much to see. Last year we saw tortillas being made at La Condesa #2, it was so interesting!” says Hardacre.

Since the Farmers’ Market takes place right on New Carlisle’s Main Street, shoppers also get the opportunity to visit some of the businesses who call downtown New Carlisle home. One of those businesses is Abe’s Hidden Treasures, which recently moved to the Dillinger Bank Building on S. Main St.

Abe’s own Roy Kegley says Abe’s will have a full tent set up right in front of the shop. Shoppers can choose from a large variety of candles, premium bath and body products, and Abe’s wide selection of ice-cold, old-fashioned sodas, including its signature Dachshund brand root beer.

“This year’s Farmers’ Market will have a lot to offer,” says the Market Manager, “We’ve been very careful in making sure there is a good variety of vendors available. There will be over 20 vendors at the market this year, so shoppers will have a lot to choose from.”

Like other vendors and shoppers, Kegley looks forward to every New Carlisle’s Farmers’ Market, “There is always something unexpected and interesting to find at the Farmers’ Market!” says Kegley.

For more information about the Farmers’ Market visit http://buyclarkcounty.com/market/ or call Michael Maxwell at (937) 543-5770.

New Carlisle’s annual Community Garage Sale will coincide with the market’s opening day. Bargain hunters will find garage sales available throughout New Carlisle and the surrounding area from 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. on June 24.

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