THE OHIO Valley Farmers' Market will kick off the 2012 season during the next week bringing fresh, local produce, locally produced foods, baked goods and crafts to residents of the Ohio Valley.
The Saturday market will open June 9 at the 32nd Street parking lot in Bellaire. Hours are 9 a.m. to noon. This season the market will feature the Lil Farmers' Club. Through funds obtained with a JB Green Team grant, the market purchased two raised bed garden kits and a compost bin. Children may register to participate in the program which will be on-going throughout the summer.
The first twenty families to register will receive a copy of the book, "Kids Can Compost," and a compost collection bucket.
Morgan Rodak of Blue Ridge Farm explains to Evelyn Kendle, daughter of Richard and Kendra Kendle, how bees make honey using her observation hive at the market's Big Green Event. Several special events will be held throughout the season including the annual Big Green Event on Aug. 4.
Master Gardeners from OSU Extension will assist with the activities. Programs will take place at 10 a.m. each Saturday.
Children do not have to attend each week to be eligible to participate.
The OVFM will also continue to operate on Tuesdays from 3-6 p.m. but will relocate to the Bel-Morr Market at Exit 208 Belmont/Morristown.
The first Tuesday market will take place on June 12.
The Ohio Valley Farmers' Market serves to encourage the development of farm and homemade products in the Greater Ohio Valley and offers a wide range of products. A variety of spring produce including fresh herbs, lettuce, kale, radishes, garlic scapes, rhubarb, green onions, strawberries, spinach, Swiss chard, baby beets and peas will be available in the early weeks of the season. Organic and Certified Naturally Grown produce is available.
Other locally produced foods offered are pasture-raised meats and eggs, dried herbs, jams, jellies and fruit butters.
Bakers will bring a variety of delectable sweets including pies, pizzelles, sweet breads, granola, fudge and wholesome breads.
Crafters will offer a variety of homemade and unique products including homemade jewelry, tie-dyed clothing, soy candles, photography, handmade soaps, herbal salves, vegetable plants, hanging baskets, fresh-cut flowers, and medicinal herbs.
The OVFM is a community-oriented organization and works to provide educational and responsible programming for residents of the Ohio Valley. Sponsored by the Belmont Savings Bank, the OVFM will have free tote bags provided by the bank. Consumers can also drop off compact fluorescent light bulbs for recycling. A free space is available for non-profit organizations to distribute information and raise funds.
Several special events are planned for the season. More information will be available at the market tent or at ovfarmersmarket.org.
Vendor applications are being accepted for both market locations.
To apply as a vendor, register for the Lil Farmers Club or for any additional information, contact Susan West at 740-676-8187.