Friday, July 6, 2018
By ZACK SHIVELY
The Austintown Farmers’ Market opened for their first event of the year on June 11 at the Austintown Township Park.
The market had 32 vendors to start the year. These vendors ranged from dog rescues to artisans to farmers. Some sold homegrown fruits and vegetables, while others sold their home-made artisan foods, such as flavored popcorn and syrup.
“It’s a way to know your neighbors and local market,” said Shannon Lehn, the organizer of the event. She said she wanted to inform people about the local sellers while also giving a nice event for families.
The market offered a Mexican food truck with an eating area and another truck that sold Hawaiian ice. They had a tents for the local veterans, farms, bakers and crafters.
“People get to see what others make at home; it’s fantastic,” said Janine Goddard of JeGo Headbands. She has been selling and making custom headbands at the market each week for the last four years. She enjoys making them because they allow her to have fun and be creative while working.
In addition to crafts and food, the market hosted unique activities as well. A violinist played music for those at the market, stopping at one point to teach little children easy songs on the instrument. A high school student also did face painting for children to raise money for her trip to the National Speech and Debate Tournament. They also had a live yoga classes and a cooking demonstration.
“My favorite part of [the market] is that it’s family oriented,” said Danielle Fedor. She takes her family to the event each week and tries to buy from new vendors each time. She likes how many things are offered at each of the markets, which allows her to stay for hours with her family.
Lehn plans to have themed weeks for some of the other weeks of the market. Each themed week will benefit an organization, such as a “building community” week that will benefit Habitat for Humanity. The market occurs every Monday during summer from 5-8 p.m.