After a year-long hiatus due to the pandemic, the Tallmadge Farmers Market returns on Thursday with a variety of new and old vendors offering everything from vegetables to baked goods, teas, meats, candles, honey, gifts and art.
“I’m very excited to be back,” said Becky Blum, who has been bringing Becky’s Sweet Treats to the Farmers Market since 2018. “Another seller texted me and asked if I was coming back. I said “I don’t know, I’m a little tired. But five minutes later, I knew I wanted to do it. I missed it a lot.
Blum, who lives in Tallmadge, plans to bring back a variety of sweet breads, fudge, cookies and mini cakes.
Like Blum, Ark Farm’s Amanda Ballway, who specializes in alpaca fiber items, can’t wait to return.
Ballway started his business in Tallmadge in 2014, and joined the farmer’s market the following year. Since then, she has developed relationships with other sellers and customers, several of whom continued to contact her over the past year for ornaments and bracelets.
“I’m glad to see people I haven’t seen in a while. We all become friends or even family with some of them,” she said.
Another familiar face this year will be Creative Fish Pottery’s Bethany Mackey, who is returning to the market for the first time since 2018. The potter from Tallmadge has taken a break to focus on his work and family, but is now able to return to the region. agricultural markets. She has also appeared at Haymaker’s Farmers Market in Kent and hopes to join others this summer.
“As an artist, it is very expensive to organize art exhibitions – it can cost several hundred dollars,” she said. “This one is free so it really helps keep the costs down. Plus I live in Tallmadge and have lived there most of my life so I want to support and be a part of the community.”
New to the market this year is the gluten-free bakery Picket Fences, which was launched by Lisa Walker at her Tallmadge home in December 2020. Walker was inspired by her son with celiac disease.
Every Saturday, Picket Fences has a pop-up location at Marie’s Patisserie, also in Tallmadge, but Walker said she wanted to join the farmers market for more exposure.
“I always try to get my name out there. I have a lot of friends and colleagues who are gluten intolerant, but I don’t think Northeast Ohio knows about me yet,” Walker said. . “I think other vendors could help me even more.”
Walker won’t be at any other farmer’s market this season, but has said she may branch out next year.
Sisters Deema Ali and Fatima Ali, both from Tallmadge, also have separate activities but also plan to share a table. Deema offers chocolate-covered desserts through Queen Sweets by Deema, while Fatima serves Mediterranean cuisine and sweets.
So far, the market has 27 individual sellers.
Tallmadge does not charge vendors or require them to appear weekly. Organizer Andrea Kidder said 10-20 usually appear every Thursday.
“It was different [last year], don’t have this routine. Coming back to my job, and certainly making money is a wonderful thing, but it really is about the camaraderie, ”said Blum. “For me, it’s summer.
The Tallmadge Farmers Market takes place every Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the parking lot of the Tallmadge Leisure Center until October 14.
Journalist Krista S. Kano can be reached at 330-541-9416, [email protected] or on Twitter @KristaKanoABJ.