The Hillsboro Farmers and Produce Market is slated to open on Saturday and with more vendors than a year ago.
Set to kick off the season from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Governor Foraker Place on June 25, the market will run through Oct. 22. The only Saturday the market won’t be running is July 2 during the Festival of the Bells, organizer Heather Collins said.
So far the participating vendors are: Happy Hogs Premium Pork, Liz’s Bake Shop, West Family Produce, Blue Ribbon Farms, Twisted Mother Bath and Body, Beech Ridge Berry Farm, Hinton’s Honey and Honey Products and Produce, Toney’s Honey, and Old Dutch Hops.
Products that will be available through the market season, Collins said, are freezer beef, eggs, maple syrup, a varying array of fruits and vegetables, honey and honey products, fruit syrups, jams and jellies, a variety of baked goods, tomato and pepper plants, handmade soaps and lotions, and pork products.
The market will take place each Saturday on Governor Foraker Place, which will be closed from Main Street to Governor Trimble Place during the market hours. The reason for the move from adjacent the Governor Trimble Place to Governor Foraker Place, Collins said, is to allow for more vendors without blocking Paint Creek emergency vehicles on Governor Trimble Place.
The market is free to vendors with the city of Hillsboro taking care of the necessary insurance, Collins said. However, she said if vendors want coverage on their goods, the vendors were responsible for that. For more information or to participate as a vendor, call Collins at the city of Hillsboro offices at 937-393-5219.
“We’re really excited about the market and are hoping to show our local vendors some support,” Collins said. “We want to see it blossom and grow. The market is a great thing for our community.”
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