Local crafters and farmers produce Troy Farmer’s Market
By Emily Kaiser
As the weather heats up, we can’t help but think about (and crave) the crunchiness of a summer salad, the sweet taste of fresh strawberries and bringing the coolness of homemade ice cream to our lips. What better way to enjoy the tantalizing summer weather in Troy than by heading outside to peruse row upon open-air row of market stands, craft counters, music performances and the freshest of local produce? Being cooped up inside is no longer an option and the chance to spend a glorious morning outdoors amongst locally grown fruits and friendlies.
Just in time for the warmer temperatures of summer, downtown Troy will host a Farmer’s Market that will run every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Local vendors will be on hand selling fresh fruits, like berries and melons, and vegetables, such as asparagus, eggplant, cucumbers and green beans from area farms. Live band performances will provide even more ambiance to Troy’s summer weekly sell-a-thon and possibly inspire the artistic folk as they craft and create through demonstrations open to all marketgoers.
Throughout this summer’s Farmer’s Market in Troy, there will be bounties of vegetables, fruits, maple syrup, homemade baked goods, handmade soaps, granola, fresh cut and silk flowers, dancing and arts. Truly something for everyone, and a great excuse to get outside and meet the City of Troy.
The Market will be on South Cherry Street, just south of West Main Street, near the picturesque town square area. Parking shouldn’t be an issue because shoppers can park adjacent the market for free, just enter from West Franklin Street and look for signs.
“Our venue is really tricky, which is why it took so long to get a Farmer’s Market,” said Karen Manovich, executive director of Troy Main Street, Inc. “In addition to keeping the local merchants happy, we wanted to provide close parking for shoppers and we also wanted to provide access to the vehicles for the farmers, and to have shade.”
Patty Rose & Associates Allstate Insurance provided the money to hire a market manager in order to make the Farmer’s Market possible.
“This has been a desire for the town for the past six years, but we’ve been working on it for about a year,” said Manovich. “We really have quite an extensive product list as well as
In creating such a forum for locally grown produce and handicrafts, Manovich and her team didn’t want to take any business away from the local merchants, so they incorporated ways to highlight them using the Farmer’s Market as a foundation. There will be a “Business of the Week” spotlight every week and local restaurants are invited to serve prepared food for shoppers too hungry to wait until they’re home to prepare their hand-picked provisions.
Many people, including a graphic designer, those connected with the residential community and people connected with the downtown merchants donated services and helped make the Farmer’s Market possible. With their help, the Farmer’s Market can provide fresh produce and market items while not interfering with local merchants. The creation of the Troy Farmer’s Market has been a tremendous community effort and the relationship between it and established local commerce looks to be mutually beneficial.
Farmers and vendors have the option of selecting all 16 weeks, or as many select weeks they want, to sell their products. There will be different produce and vendors depending on the week and what is in season.
“There’s a growing trend toward eating locally grown and organic food and being healthy and going green,” said Manovich. “This brings it right to the heart of downtown.”
Seventy-five percent of the produce that will be sold is locally grown. There will be items that are not locally grown for the convenience of the shoppers, but everything will be labeled to differentiate between the two.
“I think it’s important for the people to patronize markets because if people don’t come to the markets and the farmers don’t make money, the farmers won’t come back,” said Manovich. “We’re very optimistic. We have really good vendors and a good venue. Our work is almost done and we hope the community will support this with their presence.”
Reach DCP freelance writer and editorial intern Emily Kaiser at EmilyKaiser@DaytonCityPaper.com.