And while the location — the Midtown Lot in downtown Warren — and the time, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., remain the same, a name change is in the works.
“We’re looking for someone to come up with a new logo,” Josie Gerarde, Board Member of Farmer’s Market said: “And a new name. The Farmer’s Market board has decided that we need to make a name for ourselves, including vendors who are original artisans. (We) decided to change our name a bit.”
The organizers are excited about the prospects for this year’s market, which will take place on Saturday mornings until October.
“We will have new providers” said Gerard. “We had this big vegetable farm near Columbus and they weren’t there last year… So you will come back. That’s a really good thing, really good for the vegetable farm.”
She said Tom Friar will be back too “with all its plants. He always gets the Farmer’s Market up and running.” with vegetables and flowers.
However, the market is more than just the sellers.
It has served as a social gathering and now, Gerarde said, they plan to coordinate music weekly from the music conservatory.
While the market is perhaps best known for the vegetables, it will be a while before they are there in large numbers.
“Around here, because of the later planting season, growers usually don’t get their plants until May, sometimes.” explained Gerard. “With the upswing in the use of synthetic surfaces” Growers can “get things started much sooner.
“For years we always started after the 4th of July. This is the best time. July, August, September is your vegetable time.”
But there will still be plenty in the market before the veggies show up — maple syrup, artisan, candle soaps.
“One thing I want to emphasize, someone will drive by and only see a few pop-ups.” said Gerard. “You can’t judge by that. These few popups might have just what you want.
“The more customers there are, the more people come, the better the farmer’s market is.”