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Canal Market District begins new season

Newark's Canal Farmers Market is held Tuesdays and Fridays from 4 to 7 p.m.

The Canal Market District in downtown Newark is busily preparing to reopen for the 2017 market season. The farmers market reopens at 4 p.m. on May 5 while the art and craft market reopens on May 13 at 10 a.m. (Canal Market District)

NEWARK, Ohio — The Canal Market District in downtown Newark is busily preparing to reopen for the 2017 market season. The farmers market reopens at 4 p.m. on May 5 while the art and craft market reopens on May 13 at 10 a.m. This will be the Canal Market District’s second season, and organizers are hoping to build on 2016’s success to continue making the District a destination for both locals and visitors to shop, eat, and listen to live music.

This year’s farmers market features a majority of returning farmers, bakers, and other food artisans from around the Central Ohio region. CMD is also adding a number of new businesses and products to the mix, including lima beans, locally made granola and pancake mix.

Returning vendor Pam Roberts of Together We Grow Community Gardens is “very excited to be a vendor again at the Canal Market District Farmers Market!”

“We had such a great experience in the inaugural year and know this year is going to be even better,” she said. “We sell all types of delicious, chemical-free veggies, from arugula to zucchini. We’re looking forward to seeing all of our previous customers and meeting lots of new ones!”

Live music on opening day will be provided by local musicians including Rich Folk and John Sayer. Licking County Soil and Water will be there to provide information to the public, as will the Midland Theater. Food trucks will also be onsite for those looking to grab a meal at the market.

The Canal Farmers Market is held Tuesdays and Fridays from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday markets run May 9 through the end of September, while Friday markets begin May 5 and continue until the end of October.

The Canal Farmers Market is inclusive for everyone, and accepts both WIC Farmers Market Nutrition coupons and SNAP (food stamps) benefits. These programs allow low income shoppers to use their benefits in lieu of cash to purchase fresh food from the farmers market. SNAP users can also get up to $10 extra to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables each market day.

“Making this market accessible to everyone is at the core of what we want this farmers market to be,” said CMD Executive Director Jazz Glastra. “We’ve done this from the very beginning, and it’s part of the reason why the community has embraced this new market so well.”

The Canal Art and Craft Market takes place monthly from May through October. The season opens on May 13, the day before Mother’s Day, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will feature over 30 local crafters and artists. Products will include photography, glass art, homemade soaps and beauty products, jewelry, quilts and more. Most of the products at the art and craft market are made in Licking County, and all are handmade and sold directly by the artist.

“I think the Canal Art and Craft Market is great because I love to see the people who buy my pieces in person,” said jewelry-maker Melissa Winters of PurpleArtLove. “It makes the experience much more special. It is the best way to see what the customer really loves.”

The Canal Market District consists of three covered market pavilions that provide a permanent home for markets and other community events. It is located at 36 E Canal St in Newark. More information about the Canal Market District and both the farmers market and the art and craft market can be found on CMD’s website at CanalMarketDistrict.org.

About the Canal Market District
The Canal Market District is a permanent market facility located at 36 E Canal St in Newark, Ohio. This facility was constructed through the generosity of the Thomas J. Evans Foundation of Newark and is managed in partnership with the City of Newark, Licking County, and the Canal Market District — a private nonprofit organization. The organization is committed to improving community access to healthy, local food and promoting economic development rooted in Licking County’s history, culture and local bounty. The Canal Market District is located at 36 E Canal St in Newark, Ohio. To learn more about the Canal Market District visit our website at www.canalmarketdistrict.org.

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