Farmers’ markets are a great way to support small businesses and local communities! Twice a week from June to October entrepreneurs in the Ohio Valley set up shop to sell products that they put their love into every day. I was blown away by just how much the Ohio Valley Farmers’ Market has to offer.
In addition to all the amazing vendors, they set up an activity for the kids to put together in the kids’ corner, this week it was a pinwheel! A band or artist plays live music. The tasting tent is always something fun to enjoy too!
The website reads, “The OVFM encourages the growth of local farms small business by educating consumers on the benefits and importance of supporting the market’s vendors”. These small business owners are very educated in their products and are happy to talk about them. They will teach you how to use their products and answer any questions.
Ohio Valley Farmers’ Market
Saturdays at 32nd Street in Bellaire, Ohio, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Tuesdays at The Ohio Valley Mall in St. Clairsville, Ohio, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Here’s a list of products I’ve seen at the market this year:
Farm grown produce
High quality gourmet and exotic mushrooms
Natural grown honey
Fabric crafts, including sewing
Pasture raised non-GMO poultry
Grass fed beef and lamb
Baked goods: sourdough bread, peperoni rolls, Danishes and Greek pastries
Hand-blended seasoning mixes
Spices, herbs, and dip mixes
Tie-dyed articles of clothing and décor
Bohemian walking sticks
Goat milk soap
Non-toxic sensory bins and fillers
I’ve purchased prepared food, fresh produce, products I use every day, gifts for other people, fun trinkets for my kids and so much more. Maybe you will come, learn, and pick up a new hobby. Or just have a nice experience to get out of the house. Either way, it’s usually a good time!
As a small business owner myself, I appreciate all the hard work these vendors put into sourcing, making and promoting their products. I will continue to support them every week. Please come check it out and bring a friend!