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A group of vendors crowd a downtown park each Saturday during the summer and this past Saturday they gathered for a preview to this year’s Farmers Market at Heritage Park.
Don Steinke, owner of Steinke’s Bee World and organizer of the event, said it is the third year they have had a preview for the event.
“We start about two weeks early,” Steinke said. “It gives everyone a chance to see what will be available throughout the year.”
In years past, the official opening of the Wapakoneta Farmer’s Market was the first Saturday in June, but this year they moved the date to the third Saturday in May. Products available at Saturday’s preview included honey and honey-based products, garden starter plants including tomatoes, peppers cucumbers and zucchini, homemade jams, jellies and salsa, handmade spoon and for jewelry, and favorite baked items. A total of six vendors had items available and enjoyed a not busy but steady crowd.
“It is growing every year,” said Cliff Garber, a vendor from Montra. “It is a little bigger every year than it was the year before. That is a good sign.”
During the grand opening in June, the market has scheduled several special events for visitors. Anyone making a purchase will be entered in a drawing for items being given away. There will be free honey candy for children in attendance with their parents.
Staff with the Humane Society of Auglaize County plan to have dogs and cats available for the children to see. Also a 1918 Model T Roadster pickup will be on display.
Attendees will also have a chance to see a live honey bee display and listen to the band The Friday Knight Specials perform.
The Riverside Art Center may possibly have items on display.
Plenty of market items will be available for purchase, including jellies, honey, maple syrup, arts and crafts, baked goods and many other items.
The only catch is that items must be homemade. The Wapakoneta Farmer’s Market will run every Saturday through the end of October from 8:30 a.m. until noon.
For more information or to reserve a vendor’s spot, call Steinke at 419-738-7231.