Season is ripe for Downtown Farmers Market

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By Sentinel-Tribune Staff Crops aren't the only thing growing this spring -- the Downtown Farmers Market has expanded this year and is opening for business Wednesday in Bowling Green. More vendors have joined this season and the space of the market itself is larger. All of the Huntington Bank parking lot at Main and Clough streets will be utilized. "We are excited for the 2017 Downtown Farmers Market to begin. With the additional space this year we have several new vendors that feature cupcakes, cookie cakes, produce and specializing in spices," said Banks Dishmon, advertising director of the Sentinel-Tribune, which took over management responsibilities of the market last year. "Due to the success they had last year, we have several vendors who have committed to being at the market every week this year." In addition to farm-fresh fruit and vegetables, flowers, baked goods, pet products, fresh meat and artisan crafts, several new activities will be featured during the market. To help shoppers burn off calories from their market goodies, the Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Department will host the 1-mile Market Fun Run on June 14. To restore the calorie deficit, the Pork-a-Lean sandwich fundraiser will return June 21, with proceeds benefiting the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce fireworks fund. On July 26, the flag drops on the Zucchini 500 race for kids, which involves crafting a race car out of a zucchini and racing it, pinewood derby-style. "We have Wood County Soil and Water Conservation District hosting kids activities in May, June, August and September. Downtown Bowling Green businesses will host several different dates of Art in the Market this year," Dishmon said. "And, a staple to the market is the music. We have several of your favorite performers returning this year, Ginger & the Snaps, Chris Salyer and Shelby Messner, the Black Swamp Area Drum Circle and many more." A customer loyalty program is in place, with shoppers receiving a sticker for every $5 market purchase. After $60 worth of products are purchased, shoppers can turn their completed cards in for a Downtown Dollars gift certificate. Also this year, some vendors are set up to accept SNAP/EBT cards. Availability will be indicated at each booth. Some things remain the same, including the location -- the parking lot on the corner of Main and Clough streets. The hours are still 4-7 p.m. every Wednesday through Oct. 12, rain or shine. The lot must be cleared by 2 p.m. for setup of the market, and there is no early bird shopping. Keep in mind that metered parking in enforced until 5 p.m. Check the Cook's Corner page in the Sentinel-Tribune every Tuesday for a snapshot of the vendor of the week to get to know the farmers and artisans of the market. More information can be found on the website, bgfarmersmarket.org and the Facebook page, www.facebook.com/BGFarmersMarket/

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