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Archbold Farmers Market Grows Downtown With Weekly Themes



Weekly themes and a new “script” program are highlights of the 2010 Archbold Area Farmers Markets.

New last year, the farmers markets are held Thursdays from 3 to 6 pm on Depot Street, downtown.

They start tomorrow, Thursday, and run through Sept. 30.

Amy Krueger, assistant administrator of the Archbold Area Chamber of Commerce, said the theme for the first market is German Food Recipes, provided by Jay Budde, Archbold.

Those who visit the market can sample German Wilted Lettuce Salad with bacon onion dressing.

The July 8 theme is “Meals Under 30 minutes.”

July 15 will kick off Carp Festival with a Family Fun Night. Krueger said families may ride bicycles to the market to hear strolling musician Jimmy Holbrook perform from 3 to 5 pm. A giant inflatable toy will greet children.

Other themes include French, Italian, and Mexican recipes, a “flower power” show, and a fall festival with pumpkins.

Script

The Archbold Area Chamber of Commerce will offer a “script” program for this year’s markets.

Similar to a gift certificate, script will be available in $1 denominations, and can only be spent at the farmers market. Books of $10 in script will be available for $10.

Krueger said vendors will be encouraged to price items in $1 amounts, so people using script won’t need change to pay for purchases.

She said area churches, the FISH food pantry, and other organizations can purchase script and give it to low-income families to help them incorporate fresh foods into their diets.

Krueger said the script program was established after the chamber looked into governmentassistanceprograms.

“There were so many hoops we had to jump through, we decided we could do it ourselves easier,” she said.

Farmers market script can be used by anyone. Krueger suggested giving it to children, so they can make purchases.

Vendors

Only one vendor who set up at the 2009 markets has not signed up for 2010, and that’s because the vendor had surgery, she said.

Last year, the farmers markets averaged 10 vendors a week.

This year, Krueger said vendors will offer baked goods, flowers, seasonal produce, and other items.

One vendor plans to bring honey.

All of the foods offered at the Thursday farmers markets come from within 50 miles of Archbold.


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