Sizzle Simmer Sauté–Shop under the lights during Sylvania’s Nite Lite Farmers Market

Jennifer Ruple

Mark your calendars for Sylvania’s Nite Lite Farmers Market, a one-of-kind market to be held under the lights on Main Street in downtown Sylvania on Saturday, Oct. 17 from 4 to 9 pm. Sylvania’s first-ever evening market will be spread out across four blocks and will feature vendors offering food and handmade products, food trucks, live music, and trick or treat.
“With the annual Sylvania Fall Festival on hiatus due to COVID-19, we still wanted to be able to offer the Sylvania community something,” said Michelle Sprott, executive director of the Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce. “Farmers markets have been considered essential businesses since the beginning of the pandemic. And since we already have a very successful weekly farmers market, we thought that we could tweak it and turn it into a larger market,” she added.
Market shoppers will have access to approximately 40 vendors from northwest Ohio selling fresh produce, pumpkins, mums, honey, maple syrup, jams, baked goods, pet treats and other homemade products including soaps, pottery, home décor, floral designs and clothing.

Food and dessert vendors will include Koral Hamburg, The Leaf and Seed, Petey’s Doughnuts and Old Tyme Kettle Korn. Adults will be able to access beverages in Sylvania’s Downtown Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA).
Family-friendly live music provided by Mikes with Mics will fill the air. Trick or treat will be held throughout the evening, and participants are encouraged to come dressed in costumes.
During the outdoor market, social distancing will be encouraged through signage and one-way foot traffic, plus hand sanitizing stations will be located throughout the space. The first hour of the market, 3 to 4 pm, will be designated for compromised shoppers. “We’ve identified this market as a safe, healthy alternative, and we are following all the recommended guidelines and procedures,” said Sprott. “We’ve been approved by the City of Sylvania, the Lucas County Health Department and the Ohio Department of Agriculture,” she added.
“We’ve eliminated a lot of things that would be high touch,” said Sprott. One example is a non-traditional pumpkin patch will be available for children with pre-packaged pie pumpkins and pumpkin decorating stickers along with other supplies provided for free by Heritage Sylvania. Pumpkin packs will be available on a first come, first served basis.
For more information regarding
Nite Lite, contact the Sylvania Area Chamber of Commerce or visit

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