TROY — As Miami County residents usher in a new autumn, the farmers market season is coming to a close.
The Downtown Troy Farmers Market, located on Cherry Street and sponsored by Troy Main Street, will host its last regularly scheduled market day of 2018 on Saturday, Sept. 29.
“The market has gone very well this year,” said director Dee Mahan. “The produce we had here was great and plentiful. We’ve given all the vendors a survey to fill out to let us know what they think and what they’d like to see change.”
According to regular vendors, word-of-mouth has stood as one of the market’s biggest benefits.
“It’s been good for exposure to let people in the community know that we’re here,” said Poppin’ Off Gourmet Popcorn vendor Liz Smith. “We’re going to be opening up a shop in Troy later this year, and the market brings exposure for people in the community to try our popcorn.
“Up to now, we’ve been doing it out of our home as a cottage food, but it’s been very well-received in Troy. I think the farmers market has definitely helped us achieve what we need to get a storefront ready.”
“I’ve met so many people,” said Michelle’s Macarons vendor Michelle Adams. “The other vendors have been very helpful. When I bake, I’m home alone, so it’s nice to see people face-to-face and talk to them and hear suggestions they have for flavors and stuff.
“Customers and vendors both want you to do well, because they want more stuff in their community.”
For its final Saturday on Sept. 29, the farmers market will host a pumpkin-decorating and coloring contest for kids, as sponsored by Troy Main Street. Pachamama Market will also be present as a special vendor.
For the 2019 season, Mahan insisted the biggest change Troy Main Street seeks to make is continuing to increase the number of participating vendors.
“We’d love to increase our specialty vendors next year and get more produce in each week,” Mahan confirmed.
The Downtown Troy Farmer’s Market is made possible through grants from the Troy Foundation and sponsorship support from Kettering Health Network, Alvetro Orthodontics, and Premier Health/Upper Valley Medical Center.
For more information, visit www.troymainstreet.org.