Farmers market tradition continues at Olander Park

Farmers Market Director John Page

Good news for Sylvania foodies … the long-standing Tuesday afternoon farmers market will continue this summer. At a new location and under new leadership, the market will be held on the grounds of Olander Park, 6930 Sylvania Ave., and managed by Outdoor Sylvania Community Parks.

For the past nine summers, the market has been under the direction of Red Bird Downtown Sylvania. At the helm this year is John Page, who is entering his second season as the marketing and events manager for the parks system, “We feel it is important to continue the farmers market for the community. We are all about service to the community – it’s part of our mission.”

Mary Jo and Matthew Boyd of Doodle Bean Coffee

The Sylvania Farmers Market will be held Tuesdays from 4 to 7 pm beginning June 20 and running through October 10, with the exception of July 4. “Our goals for the market are to provide a safe area for people to enjoy fellowship, the park setting, and for the farmers and vendors to have an enjoyable place to offer their items,” said Page.

The market will take place on the west side of Olander Park. Admission is free for both Sylvaniaresidents and non-residents as well as visitors from surrounding communities. Convenient parking is available next door at Tam-O-Shanter, and volunteers with wagons will assist shoppers with taking their purchases back to their vehicles if needed.

Expect to see returning farmers and vendors and a lot of fresh faces who will feature an array of farm fresh produce, artisan foods, coffee, jewelry, art and food trucks. This season’s food truck lineup includes Koral Hamburg, Trip’n Biscuits, Big Mealz on Wheelz, Smyles Icy Treats, Deet’s BBQ, Grumpy’s, Island Soul and Susie Lynn’s Lemonade.

Biscuit Sammie from Trip’n Biscuits

While at the market, visitors may enjoy musical entertainment, games and activities along with park amenities such as playgrounds, pavilions for picnicking, restrooms, walking paths, and boat rentals. In addition, visitors can look forward to other events happening in the park during the market such as a Sunset Serenade Concert to be held on August 1.

“Our focus is on the community experience, and we have a lot to offer,” said Page. “We’re located in a neighborhood, we’re close to senior centers, and people can walk or ride their bikes to the market. We are not only excited to host the market, but it’s our intention to be the permanent location for it for years to come,” Page added. “We are your park system.”

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