Opening day for the Sylvania Farmers Market is right around the corner. I couldn’t be more excited to welcome the new season and new vendors as well as catch up with those returning for another summer. In less than two weeks, local farmers, vendors and food trucks will line the streets of downtown Sylvania when the market kicks off its seventh season on June 4. The market will be held on Tuesdays from 3 -7 pm through October 8 at a new location on Maplewood Avenue, west of Main Street. Along with the new setting comes a few new features. Connie Torrey, market director noted, “We will have live entertainment each week from local musicians; Food Truck Row, located along Richard Becker Drive; and a seating area with tables for guests to relax and eat.” Here’s a little preview of what to expect from vendors this season.
Cody Murnan of Ottawa Lake Heritage Farm
Locally grown vegetables, micro greens, herbs and plants will be in abundance from area farms including newcomer Beluga Farms of Maumee and returning farms Farnsel Farms, Garden Nursery, GLS Produce, Louis Keil and Sons and Stevens Gardens. Cody Murnan of Ottawa Lake Heritage Farm is excited to be participating again. “I’m looking forward to all of the amazing conversations based around food,” he said.
Acorn Hill Farms will return to the market with its line of Angry Goat soaps and lotions made from goat milk. Dee’s Bees Honey will be back with its all-natural products.
Nate and Lisa Roehrig of Get ROEHsted
Sylvanians Lisa and Nate Roehrig of Get ROEHsted will be pouring cool coffee mocktails such as the Iced Coffee Mint Julep and Iced Coffee Palmer. They will also bring their signature blends including 419 Breakfast Blend.
Wine will be flowing from two area wineries. Rob and Julia Benfield of Benfield Wines will offer on-site wine tasting. “We’ll have eight wines to choose from ranging from sweet to dry, perfect for any occasion,” said Julia Benfield. Majestic Oak Vineyards will offer Vineyard Breeze and Sauvignon Blanc varieties, plus a new dessert wine, Shady Strawberry, made with fruit from Stevens Gardens. Steve Colony of Great Lakes Custom Sharpening will help keep your knives and tools in tip top shape with on-site sharpening services. Market shoppers will have the opportunity to sample and purchase Libby’s 17 Second Cookies. Her cookies are frozen fresh for easy anytime entertaining. A quick zap in the microwave results in a warm, gooey treat. Plus, visitors will find several varieties of Olde Tyme Kettle Korn to snack on while perusing vendors’ products.
Jane Berry of Posey Jane and Emily Berry of Apple of M.I.
Jane Berry of Posey Jane returns with homegrown fresh flower arrangements and seasonal fruit, while her daughter Emily Berry of Apple of M.I. will bring her gourmet cupcakes in a wide variety of delicious flavors.
Patt Morr is The Pie Lady
The Pie Lady, Patt Morr, will be back with her fabulous fruit pies – apple, peach, cherry, blueberry, rhubarb, and delectable combinations such as cherry-rhubarb, blueberry-peach and raspberry-peach. She’ll also bring mini breads including zucchini and chocolate chip zucchini.
Corinne Cassis of Sitto’s Bakery
Corinne Cassis of Sitto’s Bakery said, “I’m excited to reconnect with customers we’ve missed over the winter and to meet new ones.” She’ll have her famous 40-layer baklawa, dips and pita chips on hand. In addition, Cassis will bring fruit pies; Mammoul, a walnut-pecan filled cookie dusted with powdered sugar; and M’ujdara, a vegan dish of lentils and rice covered with caramelized sweet onions.
Kyle Baker of Gertie’s Premium BBQ Sauces
Kyle Baker, the man behind Gertie’s BBQ Sauces, will offer his three premium sauces – Original, Bold and Spicy, and Holy Smoke, which can now be purchased in quart size containers in addition to 18-ounce jars.
Stampin’ Up! with Sarah will be back with her handcrafted cards, Innocents Soaps returns with a variety of scented soaps, and Cafe Beatnik will offer coffee. Newcomers Pantless Jams will sell a variety of handmade small-batch jams and Brick ‘n’ Brecker will bring its maple syrup.
Libby Snow and daughters Ellie and Emma of Libby’s 17 Second Cookies
Located in Food Truck Row will be Grumpy’s on the Go! serving Garbage Salads, Hye Rollers and delicious cookies. Koral Hamburg returns with its famous grilled on-the-spot Koral Quarter Pounders, Krinkle Kut Fries and beer battered onion rings.
Rob and Julia Benfield of Benfield Wines
Making their market debut are Tropical Snow with treats to beat the heat, and The Leaf and Seed vegan food truck serving made from scratch, plant-based comfort food.
With this fabulous lineup and a new location in the heart of downtown, the 2019 Sylvania Farmers Market looks to have something for everyone. See you at the market!