(Re-printed with permission from the Logan Daily News, Logan, Ohio, Originally Published on Friday, March 26, 2010)
By: Gretchen Gregory – Logan Daily News Reporter
LOGAN — Locally grown produce may be just around the corner, as members of the Hocking County Farm Bureau are well on their way to opening a full-fledged farmer’s market this summer.
And if the success of last year’s Ag Days is any indication of how the farmers market will do this summer, this project might actually work. With farm bureau member Betty Shaw at the helm, anything is possible.
Shaw, who got the ball rolling with Ag Days last year, is hoping to make this farmer’s market viable and sustainable. Enthusiastic members of the community, including several farmers, met at the Logan-Hocking Activity Center Thursday to discuss how soon the market could open. According to Shaw, 15 local vendors have already committed to the project. They range from honey producers and those with plants and homemade jams and pies at the beginning of summer to sweet corn, tomatoes, onions, cantaloupe, pumpkins and more as the growing season wraps up in August and September.
Although a date for the farmer’s market has not been set, tentative ones discussed Thursday included May 1, May 29, and June 5. The time for the market will more than likely be 9 a.m. to noon.
The market will be competing with the already-established ones in Athens and Lancaster, so to attract customers, those at the meeting thought it best to start the market at 9 a.m. as a way to draw people off U.S. 33 as they head to Athens, which begins at 10 a.m.
Others efforts to create a market in the past have shown little interest from the public, although last year’s market in downtown Worthington Park saw some success.
“We’re not trying to take away from the downtown area,” Shaw said, suggesting that coupons to local downtown businesses could be passed out at the market. “We’re trying to help.“
Maybe we could invite some of the restaurants to do a cooking demonstration or something,” Shaw added.
If interested in getting involved with this project, contact Shaw at 385-5306.