By Belinda Paschal
June 11, 2014
TROY — The Downtown Troy Farmers Market kicks off its 2014 season on Saturday, June 14 from 9 a.m. to noon on South Cherry Street. In its fourth season, the market has grown significantly and become a major Saturday morning destination for the region.
A roster of over 40 registered vendors will participate in the market, which runs every Saturday through September 13. Local farmers, cottage food providers, and artisans will populate the market that also includes weekly live entertainment. Additional vendors will be added throughout the season. Twelve new vendors will debut at the market this year, offeringhandmade all-natural body products, art, and an expanded array of baked goods including French macarons and gluten-free products. The popular Blue Jacket Dairy will return each week with their artisan cheeses.
Visitors can also expect to find seasonal produce, granola, maple syrup, fresh cut flowers, honey, jams, jellies, pies, breads, pastries, herbs, meats, eggs, cheeses, plants, art, crafts, and much more. Living History, live music, cooking and art demonstrations, and dancing performances are among some of the entertainment planned.
“We have strived to create an experience that makes shopping fun and engaging in a vibrant setting, with the backdrop of historic buildings,” notes Karin Manovich, executive director of Troy Main Street and creator of the market.
The venue allows for shoppers to not only purchase locally-sourced food and products from the surrounding area, but also explore and experience all that downtown Troy has to offer. Several downtown Troy businesses will hold special Saturday hours that correspond with the farmers market so to give visitors the opportunity to peruse. Walk-In Business Map Cards are provided at the market to assist visitors in their exploration of downtown. Free public parking will be available in the adjacent lot, which can be accessed via West Franklin Street.
Jessie Rankinen will return as market manager for the 2014 season. “I am thrilled to be a part of this amazing market once again. The Downtown Troy Farmers Market is a great place support the local economy and connect with your community,” says Rankinen.
The Downtown Troy Farmers Market is presented by Troy Main Street, Inc. and made possible by a grant from the General Fund of the Troy Foundation and sponsors Patty Rose & Associates, Allstate Insurance and Alvetro Orthodontics. For more information regarding the Downtown Troy Farmers Market please contact Troy Main Street at (937) 339-5455 or visit www.troymainstreet.org.