Tuesday, July 29, 2008

new downtown farmers' market a big hit

every Tuesday for the rest of the summer (that is, till the end of September) in downtown youngstown's central square, there will be a farmers' market of fresh LOCAL produce from 3pm to 6pm.

Last week's event survived the "great deluge of 2008" as the sellers kept selling after a momentary, but powerful storm. (pictures from mahoningvalley.info here)

(note: all shots of produce are from locally grown and owned Ron's Greenhouse.)

In addition to the freshy fresh vegetables and fruits, attendees will be able to:
- purchase baked goods from local artisans
- register to vote
- pick up recipes
- learn of upcoming community events

The vendors of the downtown market even accept WIC coupons, enabling the Mahoning Valley's lower income families to purchase fresh produce and baked goods.

Also, because the extremely useful WRTA bus system exists, the people of the Mahoning Valley can use the buses to save gas and travel from neighborhoods in the city and first-ring suburbs to the downtown to shop.

Since the market runs until 6pm, all downtown workers can stop by on their way home and get some of the good stuff to enjoy later that evening.

The July 29th event this week will include a few comments by Mayor Jay Williams and the individuals who worked together to make this endeavor a reality.

The Tuesday markets join the already successful Saturday morning north side farmers' market, which is held on the eastern edge of Wick Park on the grounds of Youngstown's First Unitarian Universalist church from 9am to 12pm.

For more information on both the Tuesday and Saturday markets, contact Jim Converse at 330-518-6971

and you can continue to sign up for weekly free emails for all of these ongoing downtown events (like the free outdoor James Bond movie monday night and the no-cover downtown Italian Festival this weekend) found here, exclusively at ytownevents.info.


Lucy said...

Thanks. Great post. The photos made me hungry. Beautiful.

(I'm commenting under my secret identity).

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for promoting this exciting new youngstown "hit"! May I just add that, if last week's market is any indication, you might also find home-canned jars of hot peppers, honey from a local apiary and a nice selection of potted plants (Im not certain. They may have all been cherry tomato plants but they appeared to be thriving). It is almost certain that regardless of the range of selections, folks will find the most cheerful, helpful and downright fun to be around vendors that ever got together to sell produce!

Dave said...

love the color contrasts of the different fruits and vegetables