Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Jay Coy, a local of Youngstown, sold his heirloom tomatoes as well as other plants at the Austintown Farmers Market on July 2. Maters said he comes to the farmers market every Monday.
Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Erica Lehn and her father Bill Lehn, along with their dog Gena, sampled a piece of Moe's Vegan Jerky at the Austintown Farmers Market on July 2.
Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Amel Siwecky and Robert Cooper of the DAV preformed drills on the sidewalk outside the Austintown Farmers Market on July 2.
Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Michael Cardona posed in an Army jeep brought by the DAV to the Austintown Farmers Market on July 2.
Neighbors | Jessica Harker.The Austintown library set up a Pop Up Library van in the parking lot by Stacey Pavillion at the Austintown Farmers Market on July 2.
Neighbors | Jessica Harker.Rick Bittner, a bee keeper from Cleveland, sold honey and other honey products from his bee hives on July 2. Bittner said he comes to the market every week because it is one of the best ones in Ohio.
By JESSICA HARKER
The Austintown Farmers Market had a special event on July 2 in coordination with Disabled American Veterans Youngstown Chapter.
The event was designed to support local veterans, according to Austintown Farmers Market coordinator Shannon Lehn.
“The DAV has been with us for about four years now,” Lehn said, “We wanted to support them and give back.”
The DAV brought speakers with patriotic music to play during the event, along with army trucks and a machine gun they put on display.
Members of the DAV preformed drills in front of the building and spoke with farmers market customers, as well as posed for photos with them.
To help benefit the DAV the farmers market offered a raffle, the proceeds of which were donated to the group.
George Berick, of Century 21 Lake Side reality, donated $100 to start the raffle, according to Lehn.
“We were very grateful to have him, the raffle would not have been possible without him,” Lehn said. “The amount of support we have received has been amazing.”
The farmers market, which usually takes place outside, was moved in doors to the Stacey pavilion in lieu of rain.
Vendors set up stalls to sell their goods both within the pavilion and just outside.
Along with local vendors, the market offered yoga and a healthy cooking demonstration for anyone to attend.
The Austintown library was present at the event with their pop-up library van which was parked outside.
There was also a food truck, Se ±or Joe’s Mexican Cuisine, selling concessions to market shoppers and vendors.
“It’s one of the best farmers markets in Ohio, we are out here every Monday,” said Rick Bittner, a bee keeper from Cleveland who sells honey at the event.