SIZZLE SIMMER SAUTÉ–Sylvania Farmers Market makes Harroun Park its new home

Jennifer Alexander Ruple

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The 2021 Sylvania Farmers Market season kicks off Tuesday, June 1 at 4 pm at Harroun Community Park on Main Street. The market’s new home, across the street from St. Joseph’s Church, features a spacious
layout for farmers and vendors, an open-air shelter with picnic tables, views of the park and historic Lathrop House, on-site parking,
and is a short walk to downtown shops and eateries.
“A great advantage of the market’s new location is its visibility,” said Dani Fuller, president of the Downtown Sylvania Association. “As we expand the market, we are building on the concept of a walkable community. We hope people will walk downtown to visit businesses
before and after the market,” she added.
The weekly market will be held Tuesdays from 4 to 7 pm through October 12. Visitors can look forward to shopping from more than 20 farmer and vendor booths, live musical entertainment, food trucks, and activities for all ages from market partners Heritage Sylvania
and Sylvania Branch Library.
Safety precautions will be a top priority of market management. “We are proud to provide this local food resource for Sylvania
and surrounding communities, and we’ll follow all current guidelines issued by the Lucas County Health Department,” explained market interim
director Katie Fields.
Here is a sampling of the offerings and activities to look forward to this season. See you at the market!

Fresh Flowers and Produce
Shop from a variety of hanging baskets, potted arrangements and annuals from local growers Louis Keil and Sons and The Soul Patch.
Fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs will be available from Keil’s, Stevens Gardens and Turk Farms. For fresh flowers, visit Posey Jane and Val’s Vintage Flowers.

Freshly Baked Goods
Cookies, cupcakes and colorful macarons are just a few of the sweet treats Emmy Bagnato will tote from her Blissfield bakery, Emmy’s Kitchen. Taste a bit of tropical paradise from market newcomer Paula Adam of Mahalo Bake Shop. Get ready for mini rum cakes, layered dessert jars, brownie bowls and pineapple upside-down minis.

Artisan Foods
A batch of favorites will return including Dee’s Bee’s with all natural honey, Pantless Jams with a variety of low sugar, small-batch jams, and The Shaman and the Bear with herbal tea blends. Brick “n” Brecher Sugar Shack from Green Springs, Ohio will bring pure maple syrup, cream and candies.

Grab and Go Foods
There will be no mistaking the aroma of freshly popped corn from Olde Tyme Kettle Korn. For dinner on the go, Zane’s Lebanese Grill will bring their popular baked pita chips and hummus. Earth to Oven will offer a variety of edibles. Visit Charlie’s Homemade Ice Cream for cold, creamy treats.

Food Trucks
When it’s time for a bite to eat, check out the food truck lineup which will include:
Koral Hamburg, Smyles Icey Treats, Grumpy’s, Kickback Toledo, Susie Lynne’s Lemonade and Snowie Summers, Deet’s BBQ, Trip’n Biscuits and the Leaf and Seed.

Handmade Goods and Services
Shop for a variety of goods including farmhouse soy candles from Bradlie’s Joiful Creations; soaps, salve, and beard oil from Amethyst Fountain; soaps from Swan Soaps and Scents; sun catchers from Sunsations; greeting cards from Blue Scallop Creations; Local Art Photo Coasters; vintage flower plates and windchimes from Grandma’s Beauties and jewelry from Dreaming of Pearls. Fitness Shack will offer activities to get folks moving and snacks from their nutrition bar. Great Lakes Sharpening will offer an on-site sharpening service.

Musical Guests
While shopping and eating, enjoy live music from some of the area’s most talented musicians including the Katie and Jordan Show, Kyle Smithers, and Ella Cole and John Barile.

Family-Friendly Activities

The Sylvania Branch Library will be onsite offering library engagement materials and activities for all ages. “We are excited to once again be an education and enrichment partner of the market,” said Ben Malczewski, manager Sylvania Branch Library. “We cannot wait to see our Sylvania neighbors again at this fun, new location,” he added.
Heritage Sylvania will offer Story Walks for families to read as they walk the Harroun Park trail, grab and go activity kits with a historic flair, and surprises along the way. “We are thrilled to welcome the Farmers Market to the Lathrop House parking lot and look forward to being a part of it,” said Executive Director Andi Erbskorn.

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