YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — A local farmer’s market reopens for the summer in its newest location with more parking and better access. WKBN looks into the move and how this market has grown in the last decade.
The Northside Farmer’s Market is now open after moving from Elm Street to its new location in the parking lot of the Mahoning Youngstown Community Action Partnership on Fifth Avenue in Youngstown.
“I think the old location was starting to limit their growth, It was always crowded over there, there wasn’t a good place for people to park and that was a big issue,” said Marie Meeks, president for the Wick Park Neighborhood Association.
“I think it will also provide better access because as you know Fifth Avenue is a very busy street and we have a lot of people that travel it downtown to Liberty Township and I’m hoping it will attract more customers for the market,” Nate Pinkard, Youngstown City Council, third ward.
This particular farmer’s market started ten years ago as a pilot project — with only four events in its first season — now it’s grown so much that it’s open every Thursday and Saturday through the end of October with as many as 20 vendors during the summer.
“A great deal of our city is in a considered to be a food desert and this will provide the opportunity for people to get fresh vegetables right here in our own community,” said Pinkard.
“People are just getting where they want to have more confidence and faith in who’s growing their food so this is an excellent way to get it right from the from the growers and know where it’s from,” said Jim Converse, manager for the Northside Farmers Market.
Ohio Direction, SNAP, EBT, WIC, and Senior Nutrition Cards are all accepted.