Blue Ash Farmers Market celebrates 5 years and National Farmers Market Week

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(July 31, 2020 – Blue Ash)

Show your appreciation for our local farmers and vendors on Wednesday, August 5, as we celebrate National Farmers Market Week and the 5th Anniversary of the Blue Ash Farmers Market at Summit Park! There will be a FREE giveaway at the City booth while supplies last and more surprises through the end of the August.

In the midst of a global pandemic, farmers markets — like all other small businesses — have had to overcome challenges to continue operations for the farmers and communities that depend on them. Market managers have been at the forefront of adapting rapid solutions and innovation to protect staff, customers, and community. When conventional food supply chains failed at the start of the pandemic, farmers markets and local food systems clearly displayed the resiliency of short supply chains and interest in local foods spiked nationwide.

The Blue Ash Parks and Recreation Department and organizers of the Blue Ash Farmers Market created a drive-thru format, which was used in the initial weeks of the 2020 opening, and now have returned to an open-air market where social distancing guidelines are in place and enforced. 

“We had to think fast on our feet for our customers, vendors and staff,” said Peggy Behm, Blue Ash Events and Programming Manager. “We have been so happy to see so much support from the community from the start, and we are thrilled to be able to create a safe farmers market experience during these difficult times.”

National Farmers Market Week runs from August 2-8, 2020. It is an annual celebration of farmers markets coordinated by the Farmers Market Coalition, a membership-based 503(c)3 nonprofit organization that supports farmers markets nationwide through training, technical assistance, and network-building. This year, the campaign is centered around the essential role that farmers markets play in the food system as demonstrated by the coronavirus pandemic. 

“Farmers markets are essential to the life and livelihood of millions of shoppers and tens of thousands of farmers,” said Ben Feldman, Executive Director of the Farmers Market Coalition. “But farmers markets don’t happen by accident. It takes the planning, organization, and execution of dedicated individuals and community organizations. That work is harder than ever and farmers markets and the vendors who sell at them need all the help they can get.”

The 2020 Blue Ash Farmers Market is every Wednesday, now through September 30, 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Summit Park, 4335 Glendale Milford Rd, Blue Ash, Ohio. Find us on Facebook and at summitparkblueash.com.