Regional Farmer’s Markets: Convenient, Friendly, Local
By Megan Garrison
It’s a beautiful Saturday afternoon. You’ve been given a chance to sleep in and enjoy the morning at your own pace. The kids, or your roommate, are still asleep. It’s one of those perfect summer days, and you get to thinking about errands. You need to go grocery shopping, and you need to get down to the department store and that birthday/wedding/baby shower present still needs to be bought. And you sigh because you know that even your day off is turning into a full workday. But you wonder if there is a place that you could get all your errands done and still enjoy the day and relax.
And guess what? There are 18 of them.
Farmer’s markets have always been a love of mine. From the friendly nature of the vendors to the overall fresh feeling of being outside with hand grown and hand made items, there is a whole world to be explored when it comes to the farmer’s market and Dayton, or more specifically the Miami Valley, is in no short supply of these wonderful farmer’s markets.
I would love to tell you about all 18 of these markets but there are simply too many to go into detail about. Instead, I will highlight five of my favorite farmer’s markets; some of them I’m sure you have already heard of. However, I do encourage you to experience all of them if you can, only because each farmer’s market brings its own specialties to the table and those, I promise, you don’t want to miss out on.
Lebanon Farmer’s Market
The Lebanon Farmer’s Market is unique in that it is entirely inside a 30,000- square-foot historically restored facility occupying nearly one-half the block. The building is located on the corner of Main Street and Sycamore Avenue in downtown Lebanon. The market is open on Thursdays from noon to 6 p.m.
This huge market offers a wide variety of choices in produce, meats, cheeses and numerous other organically-produced products. It also has plenty of great places to get a late lunch or early dinner.
PNC 2nd Street Market
I know that the Dayton City Paper has talked about this market before. I would like to highlight it again simply because it is such a fun place to go for groceries or just out to lunch with a group of friends or coworkers. It’s located right downtown at 600 E. Second Street, hence the name of the market. The market is also open all year long starting on Thursdays and going until Saturday. The market is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.
Like the Lebanon market this farmer’s market is also indoors, however given the weather and the day, the market expands to some outdoor venders as well. You can get a variety of produce and handmade items from the market at fantastic prices. My personal favorite item from this market is the specialty olive oils you can buy; get the rosemary olive oil -trust me it’s amazing.
Tippecanoe Farmer’s Market
This market is located on Fourth St. between Main and Dow in Tipp City. The market is open seasonally from June 9 to September 15 on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.
The Tippecanoe Farmer’s Market is a wonderful place to go shopping for all kinds of home or other needs. Their large range of vendors sells anything from produce to meats and cheeses to flowers and handmade crafts. It’s also a great place to go on a date or a family outing. They have musicians that come and play and events they host for days like National Ice Cream Day as well as pie bake-offs and barbeques. Even your dog can get involved in the upcoming dog parade! Not to mention that if you love to go antiquing, this is a great market to get involved with.
Centerville Farmers Market
The Centerville Farmer’s Market is held on Thursdays, seasonally from May 17 until Oct. 25. The market is in the parking lot of the Centerville Shopping Center at 829 S. Main Street. The hours are 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. and admission is free.
A great part of the Centerville market is that they focus heavily on the locally-grown organic produce and items. It’s a great place to go if you want to break into the organic market or if you would like to experience products that are not chemically altered, which as an organic guru myself I would highly suggest.
Yellow Springs’ Farmer’s Market
Last, but definitely not least, is my favorite farmer’s market of all time. And trust me that’s saying something because I’m from Texas which is basically the home of farmer’s markets. The market is located at the Kings Yard Parking lot behind Ye Olde Trail Tavern. The market opens seasonally from May 1 through October 31 on Saturdays from 7 a.m. until noon.
This market is for those early birds out there. It starts early and finishes pretty early in the day, but that just means it gives you time to visit some other markets in the afternoon! But just because it starts early doesn’t mean you should be swayed. This market is by far the most eclectic and fun markets in the Dayton area. They have a wide variety of goods from produce to flowers to crafts and other oddities that you can probably only find at this particular market. If you want to have a great and unique experience while getting you organic shopping done this is by far the spot to do it.
Other Farmer’s Market Worth Mentioning:
-Eaton Earlybird Farmer’s Market
-Fairborn Farmer’s Market
-Greene County Farmer’s Market in Beavercreek
-Greene County Farmer’s Market in Xenia
-Greenville Farmer’s Market
-Hamilton Farmer’s Market
-Miami County Farmer’s Market in Troy
-Miami County Farmer’s Market in Miamisburg
-Shiloh Farmer’s Market
-Sidney Farmer’s Market
-South Town Farmer’s Market
-Trotwood Farmer’s Market
-Xenia Station Farmer’s Market
Reach DCP intern and freelance writer Megan Garrison at MeganGarrison@daytoncitypaper.com