If you’re lucky enough to call Union County home, you're probably well aware that the Marysville and Richwood Farmers Markets are your go-to destinations for some of the best local produce Ohio has to offer. United under the Union County Farmers Market umbrella, both markets provide the community with “wonderful locally grown, raised, baked and made goods that are as true to Ohio as possible.”
We recently caught up with Amy Locke, manager of the Richwood Farmers Market, to learn more about the partnership between these two markets, the farms they support and how they inspire community members to adopt healthy eating habits.
The Union County Farmers Market in Marysville, which has been going strong since 1986, takes place on Saturdays from 8 to 11 a.m. in Partners Park. Unlike its Marysville counterpart, however, the Richwood Market started just three years ago as an initiative of the Ohio Department of Health. Vendors sell their goods in the Richwood Library parking lot on Thursday evenings from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Both markets run from May through October.
“Prior to the arrival of the Richwood Market, our town was somewhat of a food desert,” said Locke. “We’ve been able to secure some fantastic vendors and are thrilled to provide an event where folks can shop for healthy foods, learn how to cook with new ingredients and enjoy seeing their friends and neighbors.”
A Look at the Vendors
The best thing about having two locations is the amazing variety of vendors folks can choose from. While some vendors set up shop at both markets, the roster is always changing, so you won’t want to miss a week.
Although this is by no means an exhaustive list, here are a few vendors that piqued our interest:
Rusty Plow Farms – This Marysville farm specializes in fresh produce, such as lettuce, carrots, asparagus and eggs, as well as whole chickens.
Make a Day of It
In addition to the numerous vendors, the Union County Farmers Market offers something the whole family can enjoy. From cooking demonstrations and food trucks to children’s activities and live music, you’ll want to bring the kids and soak up the entire experience.
Additionally, both markets are now accepting SNAP and Ohio Direction Cards. Simply swipe your card at the market information booth and receive tokens to use as currency throughout the market.
If you're in the mood for fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and cheeses, or you simply want a gorgeous hanging basket for your front porch, the vendors at the Marysville and Richwood Farmers Markets have your back. Stop by for a visit this week.