MIAMI COUNTY — It’s farmers market season again and there is no shortage of options for the best in local produce, crafts and baked goods from Piqua to Tipp City.
Both the West Milton and Troy farmers markets opened for the season this past weekend. The West Milton market, one of the newest in the area, will feature many of last year’s favorite vendors and a few new additions, from fresh fruits and veggies to homemade treats, organizer Sarah Copp said.
The Troy Farmers Market draws a total of 30 vendors with a wide variety of offerings.
Locally grown fresh vegetables, flowers, herbs and dairy products, along with freshly baked breads, pies, pastries, honey and more, are featured each week.
According to market manager Dee Mahan, the dairy and bakery vendors who provide cheese, milk, yogurt, pies, breads and pastries will return with favorite items. Other items found at the market include honey, molasses, essential oils, condiments and spices.
“The atmosphere on Cherry Street brings our community together with a central place to gather for healthy, fresh food,” Mahan noted. “We have live music each week, and this year, we are happy to announce the addition of the new Book Mobile from the Troy Library and the Kona Ice truck.”
The Book Mobile will be at the market every other week, while Kona Ice will appear sporadically along with other food trucks from time to time.
If your farmers market needs can’t wait until the weekend, head down to Tipp City for the Tippecanoe Marketplace or check out the Piqua Community Farmers Market on Thursdays.
The Piqua Farmers Market also hosts special events a few times a month. These contests — the next is a chocolate chip cookie contest on June 29 — are competitive, but friendly, Mainstreet Piqua Executive Director Lorna Swisher said.
Even if you’re not a baker, stop on by the contest anyway — when the judging is over, the market will provide the milk for a milk and cookies social for all market attendees.
“We want it to be something for the whole community to enjoy,” Swisher said of the annual market.
For a year-round farmers market fix, don’t forget the Miami County Locally Grown virtual farmers market.
Each week, the farmers, artisans, and producers list all of their current, seasonally available products online. Depending on the time of year, products range from fruits and vegetables, meats, eggs, baked goods, desserts, dairy products, fresh flowers, live plants and much more.
On Tuesdays, those with a market account will receive a list of available products sent by e-mail. Customers can place their orders until Sunday and pick up their orders on the following Tuesday.
Visit www.miamicounty.locallygrown.net for more information.
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